Abiquo tackles next gen cloud management

One Barcelona, Spain company is launching a US office and a new generation of its open source cloud management software.Abiquo, which will be based in Redwood City, Calif.

One Barcelona, Spain company is launching a US office and a new generation of its open source cloud management software.

Abiquo, which will be based in Redwood City, Calif., is unique in that it supports all leading hypervisors as well as the Open Virtualization Format, the company claims.

Its next generation abiCloud version 1.5, which is being announced at the company's US launch today, supports Microsoft's Hyper-V and allows users to convert a running VMware hypervisor to Microsoft's Hyper-V via drag and drop.

CEO Peter Malcolm says the platform represents the next generation of virtual management. It shares some of the same capabilities of VMware's Virtual Center but additionally offers vendor neutrality, workload management and resource management of physical servers, storage management and the ability to scale applications.

Additionally, abiCloud allows customers to provision virtual machines without having access the physical servers. That means managers of virtualized data centers can allow various user groups, such as accounting, or customer relations, to provision their own virtual machines safely.

This multi-tenancy delegation capability makes Abiquo ideal for corporate enterprises and hosting providers for creating and managing both public and private clouds. "Hosting providers and IT organizations are having big problems because it's difficult to manage virtual server sprawl," said Abiquo's CEO. "We're a one-stop shop. We have a single product that does all this stuff. All you have to do is choose a hypervisor, open source or not."

Abiquo offers two editions: a free community edition without support and an enterprise edition with three levels of support. The application is open source and released under the LGPL. The company also announced a round of funding for its US launch.