Abiquo platform release targets Amazon channel ‘victims’

Latest release of cloud management software vendor’s platform to help partners position themselves as an alternative to Amazon EC2

Cloud management software vendor Abiquo has unveiled a new version of its platform, billed as a bridge between Amazon EC2 and on-premise, private clouds that can help smaller service providers position themselves as an alternative to Amazon.

Gilles Samoun – Abiquo’s new CEO, who came on board following the recent departure of predecessor Jim Darragh for Ipanema – said the new release took account of the growing popularity of hybrid cloud installations among customers by enabling service providers to manage and control on- and off-premise clouds.

In addition to Samoun Abiquo has also recruited Ian Finlay as vice president of product. Previously group CIO at Claranet, Finlay comes to the company having implemented an Abiquo solution as part of Claranet’s own cloud service.

Finlay said Abiquo wanted to address the challenges being seen by those “who are seeing their lunch being eaten by people like Amazon”.

“We are here to answer the question of how to compete by offering high-quality solutions,” he added.

Version 2.6 of the Abiquo platform allows the channel to integrate and manage Amazon EC2 with existing private cloud infrastructures from a single interface layer and console.

It includes enhanced APIs, making it easier for partners to add their own services wraps; simplified multiple backup, enabling users to set and manage multiple backup schedules regardless of underlying technology; and simplified workflow, meaning administrators can remain in control of resources they consume, whether those are public or private.

Samoun said the vendor was actively looking at recruiting more service providers in the UK, with an emphasis on MSPs using IaaS providers such as Amazon or Rackspace as their infrastructure base.

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