New version of Cloudify launches

Open-source Cloudify software platform is being used by several carriers via an early access program to manage virtual network functions (VNFs) across multiple cloud environments, the company said.

Cloudify 4 allows carriers to move from VNF concept to production faster and with open source tools.

Cloudify is an open source multi-cloud management software platform. The latest version –Cloudify 4–shipped last week with new features that present a direct threat to legacy cloud management platforms (CMPs) used by enterprises.

These legacy CMPs–such as RightScale and CloudForms–are showing their age now that orchestration-first approaches like Cloudify have matured, adding CMP features and enhanced performance in the latest version.

The Cloudify Open vCPE solution is designed to reduce risk by lowering the initial investment and speeding the time to deployment and revenue generation. It first optimizes the existing physical environment by moving the configuration processes into an automated self-service model.

Operators then begin to gradually plug in new VNFs and virtual cloud infrastructure. This approach frees users from having to change the entire infrastructure environment before moving to automation and generating value.

The open source Cloudify orchestration project was started under the corporate support of GigaSpaces. As Cloudify has matured, it has begun moving into a stand-alone brand and business unit. Reflecting that maturity, Cloudify 4 has adopted new branding to reflect its emergence as a complete cloud management platform that serves power users, business unit developers and IT operations.