MSP Today Expert Feature
May 07, 2014

Ensim Helps Service Providers Manage Cloud Deployments with IaaS Manager 3.0 for VMware

As cloud deployments become more complex and varied, service providers are faced with the challenge of managing multiple deployments, services and infrastructures. Ensim (News - Alert) Corporation aims to help manage the cloud and has announced the Ensim IaaS Manager 3.0 for VMware solution.

The offering works with the Ensim Automation Suite and is an end-to-end managed cloud solution designed to support service providers and help them better serve customers. The solution enables the rapid and effective creation of offers from service providers’ public, private or hybrid cloud IaaS solutions through a comprehensive service catalog.

Ensim IaaS Manager 3.0 features a variety of functionality, including a marketplace, service catalog, and support for ordering, provisioning, orchestration, administration and billing. It also supports multiple VMware hypervisors, including vSphere, Xen and KVM managed through vCloud Director and vCloud Automation Center, in addition to Microsoft (News - Alert) hypervisors and OpenStack.

"Service providers and even many enterprises need a way to commercialize cloud-based IT offers," said Dave Wippich, CEO of Ensim. He added that Ensim IaaS Manager enables cost effective BSS/OSS functionality with multi-tenant and dedicated deployment architectures for public, private and hybrid clouds.

With more and more enterprises handing over some infrastructure and services to cloud providers while choosing to retain critical infrastructure on premises, support for multiple architectures is crucial. Ensim IaaS Manager handles this task with ease, offering features like usage tracking with billing and chargeback and self-service operations administration through a role-based portal. Version 3.0 provides three-step VM creation along with network automation, nested snapshots and SSO to VM consoles.

Additional features include VM management, which includes ordering individual VMs and the purchase, deployment and management of virtual data centers. The individual VM option is suitable for smaller businesses requiring administrator-level access to one or more VMs and looking to cut costs. The virtual data center option is a good fit for larger scale deployments and rapid development cycles, since the virtual data center owner is in full control of management without needing to make new purchases each time a new VM is deployed.

Edited by Maurice Nagle