today announced a major upgrade to its AppStack cloud application
automation and migration platform that makes it easier to deploy new and
existing servers into the cloud. With the process of provisioning
enterprise apps still painfully manual and time consuming, Appcara's
repository-based model-driven approach now can assist in migrating a
wide range of existing servers into managed cloud environments.
New in the release is the AppStack Onboarding Agent that enables
existing external Windows or Linux servers - either physical, virtual or
cloud based - to become actively managed from the AppStack portal. With
it, users can leverage AppStack's powerful point-and-click capabilities
to install and manage applications on these servers as well as manage
lifecycle tasks pertaining to storage, security and monitoring. This
enables simplified and centralized management of physical, virtual and
cloud servers from a single portal.
"The majority of enterprises have existing servers in their network that
were not originally provisioned with active management capabilities, and
the resulting fractured management can often be an exercise
in frustration," said John Yung, CEO, Appcara. "AppStack's Onboarding
Agent makes it easier to tame the server sprawl that's endemic today."
AppStack also now enables users of Citrix® CloudPortal TM Business Manager
(CPBM) to reap these automation benefits via the new AppStack
Connector for Cloud Portal Business Manager. Verified as Citrix
Ready TM, the AppStack Connector for Cloud Portal Business Manager allows
these users to take advantage of AppStack for enterprise workload
automation as well as for cloud provisioning, operations and commerce in
Citrix CloudPlatform or other cloud targets from a single, unified
management solution. For a limited time Citrix Cloud Portal Business
Manager users can download the AppStack Connector for free here.
This release of AppStack now also automates the deployment of Citrix®
XenDesktopTM - Citrix's leading Virtual
Desktop and Virtual App Delivery solution - from the AppStack
Marketplace, AppStack's catalog of over 85 prepackaged enterprise
applications available for fast point and click provisioning and
management as cloud-based workloads.
"As cloud adoption grows, businesses are interested in leveraging the
cloud for not just new cloud-native applications but also for existing
enterprise applications," said Krishna Subramanian, VP of Product
Marketing, Cloud Platforms Group at Citrix. "Appcara and Citrix are
partnering to accelerate time-to-value for customers by automating the
deployment and management of enterprise applications such as XenDesktop
in the cloud without requiring any rewrites to the application. The
AppStack Connector for Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager enables a
complete application solution for enterprises and service providers
leveraging Citrix to build and deliver cloud services."
In addition, this release of AppStack also supports:
- Auto-scaling policies - to automate provisioning of servers in
response to peak loads, with the granularity to specify and monitor
either an entire Workload, individual servers or groups of servers
within a Workload based on a variety of metrics and policies.
- Enhanced App Publishing for multi-tier apps - The integrated
App Marketplace Publisher includes improved support for multi-tier
application with boot sequencing control in stages, allowing booting and
configuring of specific servers ahead of other servers.
- Enhancements to Workload and server management, including full
data copy functionality as part of AppStack's point-and-click workload
cloning and portability capabilities.
Appcara's AppStack uses a patent-pending repository based application
model of a workload that retains all the dependencies so that the
software can dynamically update them to reflect any changes the user
makes. This keeps the model always in sync with the user and the
deployed workload - so there are no chances for inconsistencies. As a
result AppStack can fully automate the provisioning of apps into a wide
variety of and other cloud platforms, and also provide runtime
point-and-click management of these apps through the AppStack Portal
over the duration of the application lifecycle. This eliminates the need
for any low-level coding or scripting as may be required by server
template based solutions.
is to create the most advanced and efficient solutions for deploying and
managing new and existing applications in to the cloud. The company was
created by a group of cloud computing industry veterans in 2010 in Santa
Clara, CA who previously built industry leading
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud computing services such as the
Savvis Virtual Private Data Center (VPDC), the Sun cloud, as well as
leading service provider infrastructures at companies such as Equinix.
The company provides the AppStack cloud
application automation and migration platform. For more information
visit www.appcara.com or
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Paul Speciale, 408-894-9008
Mary Kae Marinac, 978-685-3136