Ensim Brings OSS/BSS Functionality to OpenStack, Enabling Commercialized IaaS Offerings
Cloud Services Brokerage Solution Supports Coexistence of OpenStack with Microsoft and VMware platforms from a Single Cloud Management Solution
SANTA CLARA, CA – February 19 , 2014 — Ensim Corporation, a leading provider of automation and orchestration solutions to service providers and enterprises, today announced Ensim IaaS Manager for OpenStack®. The latest edition in Ensim’s rapidly-growing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions portfolio enables cloud services brokerage functionalities including marketplace, service catalog, provisioning, administration, and subscription billing. As a result, service providers and enterprises can rapidly and effectively create and offer their own single or multi-tenant public or private cloud-based IaaS with a single pane of glass and coexistence of OpenStack, Microsoft, VMware, and more coming soon, from a single management platform.
The flexibility of the OpenStack open source platform has made it a popular choice for those seeking to manage large pools of compute, storage and networking resources throughout a data. However, while OpenStack aims to enable service providers and enterprises to leverage its core technology, significant investment is required to take it from a framework to a turn-key solution to support a commercialized cloud offering. Ensim IaaS Manager for OpenStack leverages the Ensim Automation Suite for a complete marketplace, service catalog, provisioning, and chargeback / billing solution for virtual data center and virtual private server offerings.
Ensim is extending the Software Defined Networking (SDN) capability of OpenStack by providing a self-service role based hierarchical management portal to automate and orchestrate networking capabilities to be deployed and managed such as; IP address management for dedicated static IPs or DHCPs, monitoring network status and advanced network services such as load balancing, edge servers, and VPNs/Bridges. Built with the same widely deployed technology that is already used to support VMWare and Microsoft platforms, Ensim enables OpenStack users to finally have a complete, turn-key OSS / BSS automation and orchestration solution.
Ensim’s cloud services brokerage functionalities include marketplace, service catalog, with contextual ordering, provisioning, administration and billing. As a result, service providers and enterprises can rapidly and effectively create and offer their own public or private cloud-based IaaS.
The robust Ensim-enabled service catalog supports two common virtual machine management models: the ordering of individual virtual private servers (VPS), as well as the purchase, deployment and management of virtual data centers (VDC). Ensim also enables usage tracking with billing and chargeback - even at the most granular item levels, and provides simplified, consistent self-service operations administration for the end-user, IT admins, agents, and resellers.
“To keep up in today’s evolving economy, service providers and enterprises need to be able to roll out offerings quickly, give their customers a user-friendly place to customize and buy those offerings in the cloud, and be able to appropriately track and bill for every component of that purchase accordingly - or else they miss out on huge revenue opportunities,” said William Fellows, analyst, 451 Research. “OpenStack gives service providers and enterprise users a basic toolkit to work with but companies like Ensim are needed to add the advanced cloud services brokerage functionalities. These features are critical to allow OpenStack users the ability to really leverage the cloud as a successful way to offer products and services.”
"Service Providers are looking to increase revenue from offerings beyond basic IaaS, and automated network management via SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) presents a key opportunity. However in order to properly monetize this, they need to be able to support flexible business models which requires advanced service offer modeling and granular usage metering,” said David Wippich, CEO, Ensim. “By leveraging OpenStack's advanced network management and an OSS/BSS platform like the Ensim Automation Suite, they can reap the benefits of increased network efficiency, lower OPEX, and increased revenue via new service capabilities.”
For a full list of features and benefits visit http://www.ensim.com/cloud-billing-provisioning-and-portal/cloud-service-broker/openstack.
Ensim is a leading provider of solutions to automate and orchestrate end-to-end service catalog, ordering, subscription billing, provisioning, and management of users and organizations business applications, services, and infrastructure in private, public, and hybrid clouds. Ensim has over 5,000,000 seats deployed worldwide and is used by over 20,000 small, medium, and large sized organizations and government agencies through service providers, system integrators, MSPs, and resellers. Key modules include ordering, service catalog, provisioning, user entitlement, operations management, pricing and rating, reporting, and billing. For additional information, visit http://www.ensim.com
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