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Cloud management software developer Egenera on Tuesday unveiled a new version of its PAN Cloud Director software that includes integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
With the integration, users will be able to use a single console to deploy and manage compute, storage and networking resources from both their own private cloud and the AWS public cloud, said John Humphreys, vice president of marketing for Boxborough, Mass.-based Egenera.
"By integrating our PAN Cloud Director with AWS, all compute elements, switches and Elastic Block Store features of Amazon can be exposed in our service catalog," Humphreys said.
The integration stemmed in part from Egenera's acquisition last year of Fort Technologies, a Dublin, Ireland-based developer of cloud lifecycle software, Humphreys said.
Also impacting the integration was feedback from users that, while the cloud lifecycle management technology from Fort Technologies was helpful in building out clouds, they also need the capability to just as easily consume public cloud resources from companies like AWS and Rackspace, he said.
"One beta customer, a manufacturer I can't name, has a private cloud, but also wants to consume Amazon cloud resources," he said. "It wants to do test-dev [testing and development] on Amazon, but put its production environment in a private cloud."
For another potential use case, a company could run its database using on-premise physical hardware, its application tier on virtual machines hosted on-premise, and its Web tier in the Amazon public cloud, all managed by PAN Cloud Director 2.0, Humphreys said.
"We can connect all that virtually, and deploy it in a matter of minutes," he said.
This is a huge deal, said Chip Krebs, director of data center services at TSR Solutions, a Milwaukee-based data center and cloud services provider.
TSR Solutions has been working with Egenera for about six months, and uses that company's technology on a virtualized platform to let customers design and architect their required cloud services before building those services, Krebs said.
"It's a GUI with drag-and-drop capabilities making it easy to build virtual servers to specification, connect it to the firewall, drag and drop in applications, and provide a quote," he said. "When the customer is ready to order, he just presses 'submit.'"