Internap Boosts Customization and Scalability for Its OpenStack Public Cloud, Internap AgileCLOUD

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Internap, a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider,has announced that its OpenStack-powered public cloud, Internap AgileCLOUD, now supports OpenStack Glance image management functionality and Heat orchestration and auto-scaling capabilities.

Combined, Glance and Heat would enable enterprises running web-scale applications to significantly reduce the time and resources needed to manage and scale infrastructure environments.

internap-cloud“As market demand increases for public cloud services to power performance-centric web applications – from SaaS platforms to e-commerce sites – we’re seeing the engineering and DevOps teams responsible for keeping these applications up and running seek more effective and efficient ways to scale, customize and manage their infrastructure environments,” said Satish Hemachandran, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting, at Internap. “By adding support for OpenStack Glance and Heat to our public cloud, we’re giving customers optimal control for their applications as well as powerful orchestration and auto-scaling capabilities needed to meet growing user demand.”

OpenStack Glance and Heat

For organizations seeking the enhanced workload portability that is synonymous with open source infrastructure, Glance’s image management capabilities facilitate interoperability between service providers and platforms. Internap customers can use Glance to quickly import disk images from other service providers onto AgileCLOUD and also move disk images from AgileCLOUD to other cloud or virtualized environments. Glance also gives users the ability to create and save custom server images from Internap base images, allowing engineers to provision customized server images more effectively and rapidly.

openstack-cloudBusinesses with a DevOps orientation can use OpenStack Heat orchestration capabilities to automate provisioning of infrastructure based on pre-defined architectures. Additionally, Heat auto-scaling capabilities let DevOps teams define additional rules for automatically provisioning new instances and terminating instances based on criteria such as CPU load or bandwidth traffic changes. Taken together, these capabilities enable businesses to more rapidly provision, manage and de-provision application resources as user demand requires.

Both Glance and Heat are immediately available out of Internap’s Secaucus, New Jersey, and Dallas data centers, and will be rolled out in Internap‘s Amsterdam facility at the end of July.