We’re incredibly excited to announce the latest and greatest release of the Scalr Enterprise-Grade Cloud Management Platform!
I’m going to start this one with a statement that’s basically a cliche at this point; the IT landscape is changing. Didn’t see that one coming did you?
Seriously though, it is changing. Cloud is no longer a new thing that enterprises are cautiously looking into, it’s an established method of delivering IT resources. Just like with most technologies at different stages of adoption, the way we consume Cloud is changing, the way we enforce Cloud policy is changing and the things we’re able to accomplish with Cloud are evolving. Hence the use of the most worn-out phrase in tech marketing: the IT landscape is changing. Just be thankful I didn’t make a “Winter Is Coming” joke.
The Scalr Enterprise-Grade Cloud Management Platform has always been purpose-built for the enterprise. So, as the often conflicting needs of an enterprise leveraging or adopting Cloud are changing, so must we.
The Scalr product roadmap is the result of a few things:
- Recognizing the direction of the Cloud market
- The evolving needs of the enterprises that use Scalr
- Input from thousands of members from the Scalr open source community
- Internally developed ideas and features
With Scalr 6.0, we continue to build the best-of-breed solution for safely delivering a self-service Cloud model. Our latest release introduced new features for enforcing policy, reducing costs, and building an easy-to-use self-service catalog. Some of the highlights include:
Cloud Policy Engine - Standardized Governance Controls
The benefit of self-service model is the agility it allows. The barrier to running a self-service catalog efficiently is the complexity of provisioning Cloud resources. There are simply too many opportunities for mistakes. Scalr’s standardized governance allows users to create highly specific guardrails around provisioning, making sure end-users enjoy a streamlined workflow.
Examples for possible policies would be:
- Restrict instance types and sizes for a specific region
- Enforce different tagging policies based on OS types
- Restrict the usage of AWS IAM profiles for EC2 Instances
- Restrict the usage of Resource Groups for Azure VMs
Beyond creating a standard process for creating and maintaining policies, this overhaul also makes the Cloud Policy Engine more extensible. Internally, this change allows us to expose more Governance controls through the Scalr API, and quickly add more controls in the future
If you’ve been managing EC2 infrastructure for any amount of time, you might have noticed that unused EBS volumes tend to pile up once the instances that used them are decommissioned. Normally, EBS volumes persist when their owning instances are scaled down by Scalr, so they may be reused in the future to minimize downtime.
However, there are several cases in which storage resources may become “orphaned”. This can occur when an application is deleted, or if a tier in an application is scaled down with Scalr’s “Re-use storage” option not enabled. These situations produce waste, and after a while this waste can have a significant impact on budget consumption.
The new Garbage Collector feature serves as an aggregator for orphaned storage resources and allows administrators to easily discard unused volumes. As of publishing this announcement, the Garbage Collector is available for AWS EBS volumes, additional Garbage Collection options will be added soon!
Quick Start Role Groups
Creating an easy to use self-service catalog will make the difference between end-users adopting a standardized workflow, or going rogue with services that IT admins don’t have any control over.
In Scalr, Roles are catalog items, bundles of Cloud infrastructure and automation. Quick Start is simply the option to feature a Role in the catalog so it would be easier to find. In 6.0, administrators can make the catalog even easier to use through grouping custom Quick Start Roles.
The Scalr Enterprise-Grade CMP ships with pre-built automation Roles for popular stacks such as LAMP, MySQL, Redis, Apache and more. While these Roles can be a great starting point, most enterprises create automation Roles that are tailored to their specific use-cases.
Scalr 6.0 allows administrators to create custom groups in the catalog Quick Start menu, making it easier to find and provision specific templates.
Other Scalr 6.0 enhancements include:
- SAML Authentication
- Support for Ubuntu 16.04 and Amazon Linux 2016.03 in the Role Builder
- Display bandwidth costs for Microsoft Azure in Cost Analytics
- New Microsoft Azure built-in Automation Roles
Scalr 6.0 is available now for Scalr Enterprise! To learn more about Scalr 6.0 watch our on-demand webinar!