Cloudify, Chef Team On New Open Source Recipe for Migrating Apps to the Cloud

GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of application virtualization platforms, is partnering with OpsCode on an open source solution to help enterprises more easily move their legacy and on-premise applications to the cloud. GigaSpace’s Cloudify open PaaS stack enables easy on-boarding of business-critical apps to any cloud. OpsCode’s Chef  is an open-source systems integration framework for automating the cloud.

Tags: AWS, big data, Chef, Cloudify, GigaSpaces, OpenStack, OpsCode, PaaS, REST,

cloudify_01GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of application virtualization platforms, is partnering with OpsCode on an open source solution to help enterprises more easily move their legacy and on-premise applications to the cloud. GigaSpace’s Cloudify open PaaS stack enables easy on-boarding of business-critical apps to any cloud. OpsCode’s Chef  is an open-source systems integration framework for automating the cloud

The GigaSpaces/OpsCode partnership will enable companies to leverage the power and variety of Chef recipes and cookbooks to deploy services. Cloudify supports comprehensive application level orchestration on any cloud, according to executives from the two firms.
 
Cloudify’s recipe-based model helps companies more easily move new and existing apps to the cloud, and especially help with massive migrations of tens or even hundreds of apps, according to Uri Cohen, GigaSpace’s vice president of product management. Cloudify also added recipes that support many big data technologies, including Cassandra, Hadoop and MongoDB.
 
Cloudify aims to make it easier for companies to deploy big data apps to the cloud, company officials said. With its new built-in recipes, Cloudify provides consistent management and cloud portability for popular big data tools, exponentially reducing the operational and infrastructure costs involved with running these systems, Cohen added.

“The beauty of Cloudify and its recipe-based model is that it enables you to simply and smoothly take both new and existing applications to the cloud by the tens and hundreds through Cloudify’s built-in recipes and the new integration with OpsCode’s Chef, in very short time frames,” Cohen added in a statement.

For its part, OpsCode’s Chef will leverage this approach to expand the traditional DevOps to include key tasks to support on-going management, added Bryan Hale, Director of Business Development for OpsCode. “The concept of DevOps and recipes can go well beyond setup, to actually manage the entire lifecycle of your applications – from setup, to monitoring, through maintaining high availability, and auto-scaling when required. This is where Cloudify and Chef come together,” Hale said in a statement.

Chef makes it easy to deploy servers and scale apps throughout an organization’s entire infrastructure. Chef combines the key elements of configuration management and service oriented architectures with the full power of Ruby, making it easy to create a fully automated infrastructure, Hale added.

In conjunction with the partnership, GigaSapces also released Cloudify 2.3, an upgrade that includes improved cloud template administration, multi-tenant and multi-role security, configurable deployments (to support recipe and cloud driver parameterization) and support for OpenStack Essex and Folsom, Cohen added.

In addition to the integration with Chef,  the new release includes:

  • Built-in, ready-to-use recipes for common big data components, such as Hadoop, Cassandra and MongoDB.
  • Complete application-level orchestration, allowing automated provisioning, deployment, management and scaling of complex multi-tier apps to any cloud environment.
  • Support for non-virtualized environments (AKA bring your own node). Customers can treat a random set of servers as their “clouds” and then have Cloudify deploy and manage apps on these servers.
<LI> A comprehensive REST API for easy integration with third-party tooling and programmatic access.
  • Support for all popular cloud infrastructures, including OpenStack, HPCloud, RackSpace, Windows Azure, Apache CloudStack, Amazon AWS and vCloud.


GigaSpaces’ partnership with OpsCode and its latest Cloudify 2.3 release highlights a growing willingness – even an eagerness – for more and more enterprise customers to aggressively embrace the cloud for existing applications, according to Cohen.

“We’re seeing a growing market trend for the need to migrate applications – not just in one-off processes anymore – but on a much larger scale, by enterprises, managed service providers, and ISVs alike, who are looking to take advantage of the cloud promise – while until now, only about five percent have actually been able to do so,” he added.




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