GigaSpaces spins off open-source Cloudify cloud management and orchestration program

Managing a cloud isn’t easy. Managing multiple clouds is even harder. That’s a big reason Cloudify has gained in popularity. Despite that, its parent company, GigaSpaces Technologies, has elected to spin Cloudify off so it can focus on its in-memory transaction processing programs.

Cloudify will become a new company. Its focus will be on the fast-growing market for management and orchestration of cloud applications and network functions virtualization (NFV).

This move has been in the works for over a year. In 2016, GigaSpaces open-sourced all its products and shifted to an open-source support business model. The GigaSpaces business unit launched InsightEdge, which leverages the Apache Spark cluster computing/big data analysis project. At the same time, Cloudify launched Apache Project ARIA. This is a simple, open-source orchestration library meant to speed up Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) adoption.

TOSCA is an Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) standard with broad industry support. It’s a specification and open-source language, based on YAML. It’s used to describe the relationships and dependencies between cloud services and applications. Cloudify implements TOSCA for real world uses.

The Cloudify project was launched in its current form in 2014. It’s designed to use TOSCA to connect and manage hybrid clouds and the networking layer. Cloudify’s technology can be used with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Bluemix, OpenStack, VMware and most other clouds. It really is a service for almost all clouds.

Besides that, Cloudify works with Docker, Kubernetes, CoreOS and other container and container orchestration technologies. The pair makes an excellent management and orchestration umbrella for both clouds and their containers.

Two successes

So if Cloudify is so great, why is GigaSpaces spinning them off? In a statement, Zeev Bikowsky, GigaSpaces’s CEO, said, “Success has led us here. Recent growth in both product lines is a testament to the exceptional work of our employees and the ideal timing of our offerings in two very different markets.” In other words, GigaSpaces was in the enviable, but difficult, position of having two successful products.

Nati Shalom, Cloudify’s CTO, claims, “It was always our plan to eventually spin off Cloudify” so be that as it may, it was certainly a good time to make the move. Shalom continued, “Based on the impressive growth of the open-source Cloudify project, and increased market penetration of the commercially supported Cloudify product, it has become clear that now is the time to do so. This strategic move gives us the freedom to accelerate engineering development in both product lines.”

The two companies will continue to share offices in the US, Europe and Asia.

The real news for me is that it brought to my attention just how useful Cloudify can be. With the rise of hybrid clouds, management tools such as Cloudify will become more important than ever. Better still, since it can work with Kubernetes, it gives you a single package for managing both clouds and containers. This is something any enterprise needs to check out.

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