Turbonomic has recently released the newest version of their self-managing hybrid cloud management software, Turbonomic 6.0. The focus in this release is enabling cloud adoption for organizations, whether it be a public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud strategy.
Enabling the Public Cloud
One of the biggest challenges organizations face is right sizing their public could environments, and ensuring they are lowering costs when possible. As an autonomic platform, Turbonomic can help organizations achieve this a number of ways.
From a usability perspective, one of the biggest improvements in this release is the changing of the default UI. Beginning with Turbonomic 6.0, the HTML5 interface is now default, with the Flash UI still being available for those who wish to use it. Fans of RESTful APIs will also like that all of the UI elements are API-driven and can also be queried directly to bring data in and out of Turbonomic to other systems if needed.
In addition, cloud storage features have been enhanced with the ability to move workloads between storage tiers non-disruptively. For example, Turbonomic 6.0 is also able to optimize storage workloads for both performance and cost. A big component of this is the ability to determine which deployed storage resources are not currently attached to a workload, so they may be remediated.
Along these lines, Turbonomic 6.0 can also suspend to terminate unused cloud instances. This task can also be scheduled for those workloads that run infrequently.
One of the biggest benefits of Turbonomic 6.0 are its capabilities between platforms. Organizations can take use this familiar platform in both AWS and Azure, which is a huge benefit for those adopting a multi-cloud strategy. The sticker shock of running cloud workloads has become an issue for nearly every cloud consumer. Making sure that the complete cost including instance, storage, IP address, and licensing costs is visible and included in the decisions Turbonomic makes means more intelligent and meaningful data feeding those actions.
Having the ability to view all of the cloud instances and resources in one place is also a great feature. Cloud users no longer need to be switching from region to region just to see where all of their instances are which is a common complaint.
Database Service Addition
Another add with the 6.0 release is relational database services including RDS on AWS and the Azure SQL services. This is also something which should be valuable as we see more companies putting applications and the necessary associated data out in the public cloud. It will be enlightening to see how DBaaS (Database-as-a-Service) utilization, performance, and price can be affected when Turbonomic is running in these environments.
Turbonomic 6.0 can be used on-premisies in addition to in the public cloud. This can bring additional operational synergies to those organizations with hybrid cloud deployments.
Some of the big new capabilities are support for Windows Server 2016, along with the corresponding SCVMM and Hyper-V versions. The focus is not completely on Windows, as vRealize Automation 7.x is also now supported. OpenStack updates come for updated versions and also the addition of Gnocci as a data source for telemetry.
AppDynamics is in the new target list and a few other application options using WMI and SNMP. Cisco UCS Manager has been added in Turbonomic 6.0 as well which is an update from the need to use UCS Director to get better integration in a UCS environment.
Containers got some extra additions as well. Turbonomic is now OpenShift certified and there are integrations for Kubernetes and Mesos already to add to the existing support for native Docker.
Once again, this is another great Turbonmic release full of features customers can use out of the gate. For more information on feature updates, and other content available including a webinar link, take a look at the Turbonomic site.