Morpheus Data Updates Multi-Cloud Management Platform for Continuous Delivery

Morpheus Data’s latest platform can tackle various types of multi-cloud management to unify complex environments and automate workflows. The goal is to enable continuous delivery for developers using Kubernetes, VMware and Terraform.

Tags: apps, CD, CloudOp, DevOps, hybrid, Kubernetes, multi-cloud, policy, ServiceNow, VMware,

Morpheus Data has updated its multi-cloud management platform to enable continuous delivery for customers using Kubernetes, VMware, and Terraform. Morpheus 4.2 release also adds continuous compliance updates for the platform’s policy enforcement engine.


The latest updates build on Morpheus’ aim to deliver “everything needed for rapid and risk-free multi-cloud application provisioning,” as the company describes its mission. 


Brad Parks, Morpheus Data’s vice president for business development, said of the v4.2 rollout, “The pace of change in hybrid cloud and DevOps is driving demand for self-service platforms which can bring order to the influx of new technologies. Our ability to quickly unify complex environments and automate workflows across clouds has led to a number of major competitive wins already this year.” 


Morpheus 4.2 updates aim to let customers more easily: 


Eliminate Kubernetes silos:  Morpheus provides a unified orchestration framework that simplifies management across VMs, Containers, Bare Metal, and public cloud services. Morpheus 4.2 adds support for brownfield Kubernetes clusters along with Morpheus Kubernetes Service and integration with EKS and AKS. Morpheus Kubernetes Service is CNCF-certified up to version 1.17.


Reduce the cost of VMware private clouds: Morpheus offers a simple and more flexible alternative for customers who want to realize the value of a VMware-based software-defined datacenter. The new Morpheus v4.2 release adds several updates for VMware NSX, including the ability to create and manage logical routers, switches, firewalls, edge gateways, and IP pools. Additionally, role permissions and network quota policies can now be set for tenants, groups, roles, and users to granularly control NSX network access.


Enable “everything-as-code”: With the popularity of HashiCorp Terraform, Morpheus has expanded integration with the recent beta release of its own Terraform provider, which will codify all of the continuous automation requirements not inherent to Terraform. With this integration, customers will be able to utilize Morpheus as state management and a policy engine for actions called from the Terraform CLI. 


Reduce risk with continuous tag enforcement: Attaching metadata tags to provisioned VMs and Cloud Instances is a common way of managing cost center assignments, project teams, and other critical business information. With the new Tag Enforcement and Compliance Policy, administrators can strictly enforce tag compliance globally or with specific clouds, groups, and users. Morpheus workflow automation can run against brownfield instances to scan for non-compliance, apply missing tags, and bring those instances into compliance. 


The Morpheus architecture aims to modernize hybrid IT app lifecycles by marring DevOps with CloudOps. The platform offers features to support a seamless workflow, deep visibility and collaboration across stakeholders. Including: 


REQUEST - Self-service provisioning of app components


PROVISION – Users can create hybrid IT app instances and launch provision services, multi-tier apps, and even span multiple clouds and platforms. It enables Infrastructure-as-Code with export to YAML or JSON via GUI or API/CLI.


CONFIGURE – Users can securely automate phased tasks and execute scripts (JavaScript, Python, SSH, http, etc.) and leverage config. management (Ansible, Chef, SaltStack, and Puppet). Cypher is a built-in key/value store, which can securely store or generate encrypted credentials to mitigate security risks.


DEPLOY – The platform enables PaaS and automation as part of CI / CD. With Morpheus, a deployment is a set of versions that relate to a particular application to manage history and reuse instances across dev stages. Deployments can be uploaded directly, pulled from a build server, pulled from Git or via Jenkins, Gradle, and Maven.


OPERATE - Users can consolidate critical day-2 tasks like monitoring, logging, and backup. For deep visibility, Morpheus offers built-in monitoring and incident management plus integration into ServiceNow, Slack, VictorOps, PagerDuty, Alert Ops and more.


SCALE – Morpheus makes it easier for users to balance workloads and grow within or across clouds. With its policy-based expansion of clusters across clouds, users can scale or clone apps on- demand. The platform works with multiple load balancers and external options. 


Morpheus 4.2 also comes with further cloud enhancements to SCVMM, GCP, AWS, and IBM Cloud, along with numerous UI improvements. It also sports deeper ServiceNow integration.