The latest version of software platform Morpheus Data, version 5.4, is now available. Giving users a customizable self-service application provisioning library that can span dozens of on-premises hypervisors, private clouds, and public clouds, the latest release allows for unified orchestration of hybrid clouds, Kubernetes, and infrastructure automation.
Simultaneously, the hybrid cloud application orchestration business wraps up a record-breaking 2021 with a further $15 million in funding.
Morpheus has evolved organically since its founding in 2015, with no outside support. The company has several hundred clients that use its platform to expedite and regulate the provisioning of VMs, containers, and public cloud services. Morpheus will extend regional coverage and enhance financing for channel activities with this additional investment. The company anticipates further growth in 2022 while supporting a 50 percent increase in personnel.
Morpheus Data aims to simplify how platform engineering teams enable continuous infrastructure automation for developer self-service. The need for self-service provisioning is being driven by the requirement for developer enablement. Gartner expects that by 2025, 75% of big companies would construct self-service infrastructure platforms to support rapid product creation, up from 15% in 2020. According to research, 70% of current I&O professionals will transition to DevOps and Platform Engineering teams in the same time frame.
With new capabilities, Morpheus v5.4 would help speed up these initiatives and decrease the impact of skill shortages. The new features would enable:
- Improved hybrid cloud service provisioning for on-premises technologies like VMware and public clouds like AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform
- Using Morpheus Kubernetes or 3rd-party Kubernetes stacks like OpenShift, Rancher, and Tanzu to build, manage, and consume Kubernetes clusters
- Improved integration and management of Terraform and Ansible scripts, allowing infrastructure-as-code and infrastructure automation to be executed more efficiently
“Enterprises today need to reduce operational silos and enable internal software development teams to move faster,” said Brad Parks, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Morpheus Data. “Our vision is to simplify the consumption of hybrid clouds, Kubernetes, and automation tools within a single unified orchestration platform.”
Enhancing Hybrid Cloud Support
Morpheus v5.4 now has a complete management overlay for NSX-T, as well as enhancements for vSphere and vCloud Director, making it the most robust orchestration platform for VMware customers. It can:
- Automatically on-board items from VMware Content Library and re-sync them on a regular basis to keep virtual machine images and templates up to date
- Enable multi-tenant vSphere and NSX environments so that service providers may extend services to customers securely from a single VMware cluster
- Support for vCD-specific NSX objects and actions are included in the newest VMware vCloud Director (vCD) 10.2
The latest Morpheus version would also bring the Google Cloud connection up to parity with the AWS and Azure integrations in terms of features, while also adding support for additional AWS and Azure regions. Morpheus has also made the platform and accompanying services available for purchase through the AWS and Azure marketplaces, which can help enterprise IT directors expedite procurement and deployment.
Extending Kubernetes Integration, Eliminating Silos
Morpheus v5.4 would make Kubernetes management easier with a free CNCF-certified Kubernetes distribution that can be deployed to any cloud. Clients may also use no-code integration into dozens of standard IT products to enable push-button deployment of third-party distributions from inside the Morpheus catalog. IT operations personnel may also execute numerous cluster administration functions directly from the Morpheus interface, eliminating the need to learn Kubectl command line operations.
Morpheus v5.4 includes the ability to link phase-based automation to Terraform resources, as well as role-based access control, job scheduling, and catalog execution of Terraform scripts and Ansible playbooks. This would eliminate the need for separate solutions like Terraform Enterprise and Ansible Tower, and allow IT people who aren’t skilled in the underlying scripting technologies to benefit from automation.