The NTT DATA INTELLILINK Corporation has chosen Cloudify’s open source cloud-native orchestration platform as a preferred TOSCA orchestration framework and is now offering Cloudify to its IT systems integration customers throughout the world.
The Cloudify orchestration framework is designed to improve system performance through cloud application and configuration automation. In addition to managing a wide variety of on-premises servers, clouds and network devices, Cloudify can manage multiple clouds simultaneously as well as automate cloud infrastructure and application changes.
NTT DATA INTELLILINK—a subsidiary of NTT DATA, one of the world’s largest IT companies which provides turnkey support services, including system integration consulting, customized development of managed cloud infrastructure and network equipment, and managed services. These offerings enable data center operators and telecom carriers to reduce IT operational management and maintenance costs through infrastructure automation and configuration management.
Moreover, NTT DATA INTELLILINK has validated the Cloudify orchestration framework technology, which automates not only the application stack installation and deployment processes but also post-deployment processes such as monitoring, auto-healing, updating and auto-scaling. Cloudify can also orchestrate OpenStack or other on-premise cloud infrastructure, public clouds such as AWS and Azure, and other infrastructure technologies such as Docker containers.
Leveraging the hands-on know-how acquired during the Cloudify validation process, NTT DATA INTELLILINK will begin integrating Cloudify in order to achieve OPEX reduction for its customers.
Some of the features of Cloudify, which NTT DATA INTELLILINK now encourages its customers to use, are:
Full lifecycle management: The technology is an orchestration platform that doesn’t just automate the initial phases, such as installation and setup, but also makes it possible to monitor all post-deployment changes and add resources during runtime. This allows for automatic scaling functions as well as intelligent, automatic backup through centralized management, monitoring, scaling, and recovery operations.
Standard & model driven through TOSCA: The technology is TOSCA-compliant and enables the application topology to be defined in a manner that is agnostic to the specific cloud or network equipment. This allows users to orchestrate the entire system without having to have intimate knowledge of the different operational aspects of the controlled devices.
Compatible with a variety of plugins: Plugins are provided to enable better control of clouds (such as OpenStack and AWS), infrastructure (such as VMware and Docker), network equipment (Netconf), and tools (such as Chef, Puppet, SSH, etc.). This simplifies the unified control and management by the operator through minimal verification and implementation of a wide variety of controlled components.
Easy implementation of custom scripts and plugins: Since Cloudify is open source software, it is possible to implement any functionality that is not provided out of the box through custom scripts and plugins. This enables greater flexibility for users to adapt the product to their needs.