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It separates the task of managing physical infrastructure (servers, networking and storage) from the creation and management of applications. Abiquo lets these tasks be delegated to one or more authorized users who manage their own Virtual Enterprises within set resource limits, and without affecting anyone else’s applications. Abiquo automatically manages the complex interaction between physical and virtual environments according to a defined policy.
Key Features of Abiqou:
Abiquo was designed to avoid dependence on any hypervisor. Not only are all major hypervisors fully and simultaneously supported, Abiquo allows conversion of virtual machines from one hypervisor to another in any combination, completely eliminating vendor lock-in with a single drag and drop operation.
Abiquo empowers authorized users and groups, by allowing them to manage their own virtual enterprises within allocated resource limits. New virtual machines or pre-built appliances can be deployed in seconds.
The Abiquo vision substantially reduces the load on the IT infrastructure organization, by delegating responsibility for virtual enterprise management. Given that virtual enterprise users don’t have direct access to physical machines, and that virtual enterprises cannot exceed allocation resources (because workload management doesn’t allow it), there is no danger in this delegation. The IT infrastructure organization can rest easy, focus on meeting service levels, and to take a more strategic, rather than tactical, approach. Virtual enterprise administrators are empowered to create their own virtual datacenters and to assign appropriate roles and responsibilities to other users to run them.
Target Business Size:
SMB - Enterprise through different versions
Community Open Source Version: Supported for free by the Community. Paid Enterprise Version with additional features and Gold/Silver/Platinum support.
VMware ESX and ESXi Microsoft Hyper-V Citrix XenServer Virtual Box Xen KVM
Hardware: Minimum Pentium4 1.5Ghz or equivalent (Dual Core Xeon or better recommended), 2Gb RAM (4GB recommended), 20Gb Local Disk space required (plus requirements for Virtual Image storage), Gigabit Ethernet or better network connectivity to hypervisor nodes recommended.
Operating systems: X64 Linux (tested with Red Hat, OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, Debian, CentoOS, Fedora), Sun OpenSolaris (2008.11 x86, 2009.06 x86), Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008 (Recommended), Apple Mac-OSX (10.6)
Pre-requisites: Java SE 6 (Release 1.6.0_18 or later recommended), Hibernate ORM Compatible Database (MySQL 5.0 included in distributions), Apache HTTPD 2.2 or Tomcat 6 Web Server (Tomcat 6 download option during install)