Introducing Scalr 5.1

December 16, 2014 Sebastian Stadil

The hardworking team at Scalr is proud to announce the release of Scalr 5.1!

Similar to Scalr 5.0, Scalr 5.1 furthers our commitment to enabling enterprise IT departments to efficiently manage and secure their hybrid cloud infrastructure in a way that not only preserves developer agility, but also furthers it.

However, unlike Scalr 5.0, which focused on delivering new features with the introduction of Cost Analytics, Webhooks and more, Scalr 5.1 constitutes an effort to consolidate: throughout the 5.1 development cycle, we expanded upon existing features, and focused on improving usability and stability.

Expanded IT Management and Governance Capabilities

It’s common for IT departments deploying Scalr to want to configure a few defaults for their developers, and to deploy Governance policies that regulate how developers can use their organization’s cloud resources.

In Scalr 5.0, we introduced Global Orchestration, which allows IT departments to deploy host-level policies across their infrastructure (such as configuring firewall policies, or LDAP SSH authentication). In Scalr 5.1, we’re complementing this with Global Webhooks, enabling IT departments to keep Scalr in sync with external systems.

We’re pleased to announce that Scalr enterprise customers have been using these features to integrate with ITSM systems such as ServiceNow, and to provide their end-users with LBaaS when not supported by their Cloud Platform.

Scalr 5.1 also introduces a new Governance Policy: Tagging. Tagging Governance integrates nicely with Scalr Cost Analytics, and allows IT departments to enforce comprehensive and compliant tagging of the resources that exist within their cloud environment.

Improved End-User Experience

User research showed us that Roles and Global Variables — two core features of Scalr — needed usability improvements. In Scalr 5.1, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to resolve this.

Role Images facilitate the management of cloud images, and make it easier for end-users to find, use, and reuse images that exist within their cloud. This new feature also includes an in-depth refactor of Scalr’s internals that makes it possible to identify and prevent more end-users errors before they become real problems, thus increasing overall reliability.

As for Global Variables, Scalr 5.1 delivers a new user interface that is more intuitive and thus more usable, but also much snappier. You can discover beautiful screenshots and learn more about this feature here on the Scalr Product Blog.

Other Features

Scalr 5.1 also includes the following minor or non-user-facing changes:

 

The features in Scalr 5.1 have been available to Scalr Enterprise Edition customers for some time now; we trust they will prove as useful to the open-source community of Scalr users as they did to our enterprise customers. If you’d like to get your hands on this new release, you can:

 

 

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