ZeroStack adds operational features for its self-driving cloud to deliver advanced capabilities for IT admins and end users

ZeroStack Inc., provider of self-driving on-premises cloud, announced on Monday a host of new features that further streamline operations for IT administrators and DevOps Workbench end users. Already renowned for its point-and-click self-provisioning and operational simplicity, ZeroStack’s self-driving cloud now sports new, advanced capabilities that further reduce IT overhead while giving end users greater flexibility.

This follows the company’s move earlier this month when it unveiled new host-based metrics that enable better, more proactive IT management of its cloud platform. Cloud administrators can now define and enable alerting policies based on the status of physical hosts. Alerting policies can be defined on specific host-based CPU utilization, storage, network bandwidth, and other parameters, providing proactive alerting that allows the IT department to control and monitor the cloud environment.

This visibility ensures that DevOps workbench users have access to the resources they need without overloading IT infrastructure. DevOps users can also set up their own alerting policies within their workbench for monitoring the virtual resources they are using.

ZeroStack’s new alerts and thresholds enable IT administrators to set multiple policies on one or more physical hosts to monitor CPU utilization, memory utilization, network rates, and storage utilization and storage rates, so they have fine-grained alerting capabilities across multiple resources. Alerts can be routed through a choice of notification channels including email, PagerDuty, and ServiceNow.

The self-driving cloud includes benefits such as host evacuation so that IT administrators can now safely evacuate hosts into maintenance mode to upgrade the processor, add storage, or perform other operations. In order to manage placement of workloads and optimize resource utilization, ZeroStack now allows IT administrators and even end users to migrate their VMs to other hosts, subject to resource availability on target hosts.

It also delivers shared networks to enable MSPs and enterprises improve resource utilization by sharing server images and networks among multiple projects or customers; and administrators can now limit the network bandwidth used by any VM to ensure SLAs and limit bandwidth-hogging applications.

ZeroStack also introduced another way to automatically migrate complex workloads from VMware using the new OVA upload and deployment feature. ZeroStack provides an easy way to upload Windows ISOs directly from a Windows or Mac laptop. ZeroStack then converts these ISOs into native image format and places them into the image library to be shared and used by many business units and projects.

“We continually strive to reduce IT operations overhead and to optimize resource usage while giving end users more control and self-service flexibility in using our cloud platform,” said Kamesh Pemmaraju, vice president of product management at ZeroStack. “These new features address real-world customer needs and help keep our cloud platform at the forefront of the industry.”

Last week, ZeroStack announced the ZeroStack Cloud Innovation Partner Program for its global partner ecosystem. Designed for resellers who can see the writing on the wall and want to transition to selling cloud platforms and services, the worldwide Cloud Innovation Partner Program is designed to accelerate partners’ ability to bring their customers the benefits of public cloud at a fraction of the cost, and to offer the control, security and performance of a private cloud environment.

The program supports the success of resellers (Cloud Innovation Partners), service providers (Cloud Innovation Service Providers), and Distributors (Cloud Innovation Distributors), and provides unique benefits tailored around the capabilities of each partner. Each partner category has a customized partnership model within the program, which is designed to maximize value for that partner type’s unique business model.

Benefits of the program include customized product access and sales incentives that enhance partner profitability with predictable sales engagement, expertise development with sales and technical training to ensure partners are well versed on the ZeroStack cloud platform, and marketing and sales tools that simplify and accelerate a partner’s ability to help their customers start experiencing the benefits of migrating away from the expensive V-tax or stopping the spiraling costs of a third-party public cloud.  

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