What’s new in IBM Cloud Orchestrator 2.4?

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IBM Cloud Orchestrator 2.4 has just been released. It is the follow-up to IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator 2.3. This new version takes some key steps toward stronger integration with OpenStack:

• You can use OpenStack Heat templates and deploy Heat stacks by way of the self-service interface.

• There is a brand new administrative user interface based on OpenStack Horizon that allows you to easily manage your infrastructure.

• The homegrown support for the VMware hypervisor that was included in SmartCloud Orchestartor 2.3 has been replaced with the OpenStack VMware driver.

• It is possible to exploit OpenStack Neutron networks.

IBM Cloud Orchestrator administrative user interface

The image management logic has been simplified, eliminating the need for the Virtual Image Library and Image Construction and Composition Tool. You can now build images that are compatible with IBM Cloud Orchestrator by utilizing cloud-init/cloudbase-init, and you can deploy single instances without having to build a virtual system pattern or virtual application pattern. This simplifies the architecture and can improve serviceability and maintainability.

On the orchestration side, a few enhancements have been made:

• You can delegate roles and access to resources to the cloud administrator, domain administrator, service designer and user.

• You can start, stop or delete images created outside of the IBM Cloud Orchestrator environment, map them to OpenStack projects and run orchestration actions on them.

• If you want to reach out to public cloud resources, you can deploy instances and orchestrate resources not only on Amazon EC2, but also on IBM SoftLayer.

• The set of content packs is ready for immediate use and has been enriched, covering the most typical automation scenarios related to infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) scenarios.

Additionally, the self-service user interface has a new look and feel, including a brand new dashboard that helps you understand the overall health status of your cloud.

You can read more about IBM Cloud Orchestrator features and capabilities here.

If you’d like to discuss things further and learn more about the new release, leave a comment below or get in touch with me on Twitter @DeGaRoss.

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