New application architecture visualization advances enterprise deployment and management
We’ve heard your feedback loud and clear. And as such, today marks the formal release of ElasticBox 3.5 which is filled with new capabilities to enable IT to drive value, productivity and confidence throughout the enterprise. As a result, we continue to focus on the enhancements that simplifies the daily routine of IT experts by providing a highly adaptive model for standardizing the process of deployments and environment provisioning.
“ElasticBox does a good job of supporting the application deployment process and infrastructure management with its self-service portal and box blueprints for popular and widely-used software components, including containers. This means application owners and IT operations can more effectively collaborate on applications and releases with visualization for traditional, production, mission-critical and multi-tiered applications.” ~ Jay Lyman, Research Manager, Cloud Management and Containers, 451 Research
“ElasticBox allows us to create predictable and repeatable processes removing the need for manual infrastructure provisioning and configuration. The solution offers a very powerful IT workflow and provisioning automation platform combined with an intuitive user interface we are proud to expose to our internal customers. Adding ElasticBox to our continuous delivery pipeline has virtually eliminated the human element from our application delivery process.” ~ Michael Ferioli, VP of SaaS Operations, Brainshark
Rest assured, that this release will increase the deployment frequency and enterprise application availability across any type of cloud infrastructure (on-premises private cloud, public cloud or even your service providers datacenter). Check out some of the latest features:
Deploy Complete Application Stacks
You can now embed an entire set of script and application components into a single box. By linking a desired deployment policy box, users can now deploy an entire multi-tiered application in a single click. The idea is to enable IT and application owners to modify any of the parameters for any tier or component, as well as redefine a target destination for the deployment. Understanding the many fires and immediate emergencies to address within a production environment, our intent is to reduce the laundry list of daily concerns by providing application boxes that can be saved and shared across authorized workspaces and users within the service catalog.
Interactive Application Modeling Topology
Are you tired of all the various tools laden with textual input and bland user experiences? If so, we’re excited to introduce an interactive visualization pane for any application that has been created or architected within the service catalog. This view enables authorized users to modify existing bindings between components of the application, view status of the application layers and edit variables of the components themselves. This functionality ensures that users can better manage any layer of the application in real-time without being required to write code.
Enhanced Container Support
Some features are required for immediate implementation into production today while others highlight the forward-thinking innovation for future scenarios. Thus, we are including deeper capabilities for you to present applications in containers. 3.5 provides the ability to create a container based on a box (or application) parameters which could be a container — think, Docker. We understand that today’s catch-phrase in technology is “Container”, but we are taking the approach of ensuring you’re productive today with your most-critical applications and prepared for the future, when it comes to containers.
Outside of the brand new features, take a look at some of the on-going investments:
- Management: Enhanced IT administration portal for managing users and permissions via AD or SAML environments, cloud infrastructure provisioning and reporting insights are available for key decisions.
- Self-service portal experiences: You can better manage users and workspaces while also defining which applications are made available based on internal policies defined by the enterprise.
- Public Boxes: Since the initial release of Public Boxes, ElasticBox continues to add more validated and curated application boxes that can be deployed into a customer’s environment. These reference architectures feature some of the most common applications and continues to grow as ElasticBox standardizes more application stacks.
Product Information and Availability
ElasticBox 3.5 is generally availability and is consistent with the existing subscription model pricing over 1-year agreements. Customers automatically gain access to the latest features that are enabled in both the SaaS and on-premises Virtual Appliance platform offerings.