Software company launches Cloudify 4.2

Austin, Texas — Software company Cloudify unveiled Cloudify 4.2 at the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2017 this week, which includes — among other features — interoperability and cross-cloud functionality through the new Kubernetes provider plugin. According to the company, the latest release is aimed at enterprises and service providers looking to switch to virtualized and cloud-native infrastructure.

Cloudify is an open source TOSCA orchestration platform. TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications) refers to a specification aimed at standardizing the way software applications, along with the components needed to run them in the cloud, are described. According to the company, Cloudify 4.2 enables service providers to transition to virtualized and cloud-native infrastructure without compromising security and regulatory demands.

Software company GigaSpaces originally announced in July 2017 it planned to spin off Cloudify, its orchestration and cloud management platform business unit, into a different company centered on the market for management and orchestration of cloud applications and network functions virtualization (NFV). The orchestration market is expected to grow to $14 billion by 2021.

“Service providers who want to transition to NFV and fully virtualized environments are seeing challenges with adopting modern cloud practices while integrating existing network infrastructure and delivering carrier-grade solutions,” said Manish Singh, network services, Tech Mahindra. “Cloudify’s integration with pure TOSCA and Kubernetes coupled with Tech Mahindra’s end-to-end solutions, being applied in the real-world at leading telcos such as Proximus, has built a robust partnership with a unique capability to deliver a carrier-grade solution today, while maintaining future compatibility to integrate with industry standards such as ONAP tomorrow.”

The company reports the Cloudify 4.2 enables the interoperability of Kubernetes with the rest of the world leveraging a native multi-stack and multi-cloud provider written in Go and native K8S plugin. Other improvements made to existing plugins included AWS, Openstack and GCP.

“The relationship between Aptira and Cloudify began focused on a specific project to maximize the utilization and reduce costs of a large carrier’s MPLS network,” said Roland Chan, COO, Aptira. “The success of this project enabled Aptira to expand upon this into additional projects including IT, involving the new Cloudify capabilities for supporting Kubernetes and hardened security on OpenStack and VMware. The new support being shipped will enable additional adoption of the open orchestration concept, bridging the networking world and IT through a common orchestration platform.”

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