Industry News Desk
Cloud Computing: CohesiveFT Extends Capability of Elastic Server Manager
The Updated Administration and MonitoringTool Includes A Secure Web Services API for User-Designed Extensibility
Sep. 25, 2008 03:34 PM
CohesiveFT announced an update to its Elastic Server Manager service. Elastic Server Manager is a lightweight administration and monitoring tool that provides a consolidated view of virtual server-related activities such as logs, configurations, administrator permissions, and the ability to start and stop services. The new release includes an open API for developers who want to connect additional web service-enabled programs to the management features that are automatically built-in to every Elastic Server at time of assembly.
"One of the vital tasks of virtual server maintenance is having critical data at your fingertips," said Patrick Kerpan, CohesiveFT's chief technology officer. "The new release of Elastic Server Manager gives individual developers, systems administrators, and management teams one-click access to critical data such as uptime and memory usage, as well the freedom to wire up their custom admin tools for one-stop monitoring. Future plans include the ability to dynamically generate adaptors to leading commercial monitoring systems like HP OpenView and IBM Tivoli, as well as open source systems like Nagios, GroundWork, and PandoraFMS."
The new Elastic Server Manager API is accessible via SOAP and REST. Utilizing Elastic Server rubberbands, small software components that connect all or part of an Elastic Server to monitoring systems or other enterprise frameworks supporting activities like license or inventory management, organizations can connect their own services to Elastic Server Manager, consolidating control of their application components. In addition to a newly redesigned interface, as well as the open API, the Elastic Server Manager uses the MindTerm secure remote access client for SSH access to the user's Elastic Server. The Elastic Server Manager tool is free for account holders.
The Elastic Server platform lets users assemble custom servers by choosing components from a library of popular software stacks. Once assembled, these custom application stacks can be configured to a variety of virtualization and cloud-ready formats, downloaded and deployed in real-time. The Elastic Server platform features a dashboard that highlights the most popular user-selected components as well as an overall view of community activity. Users can also distribute their finished servers through the Elastic Server platform. There are currently more than a thousand community users contributing nearly three thousand Elastic Servers to the market.