OpDemand Adds Collaboration to Cloud Infrastructure Management Platform

Users can securely share management responsibilities, track changes using graphical news feed.

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OpDemand has added features to facilitate collaborative management of cloud infrastructure within agile development teams to its cloud infrastructure management platform. Teams can now securely share management responsibilities and track changes to cloud systems using an intuitive and graphical news feed. These new capabilities help agile development teams using Amazon Web Services.

According to Joshua Schnell, CEO of OpDemand, although “an individual often performs the initial evaluation of OpDemand, the ease of deploying and managing cloud environments on our platform immediately prompts a desire to share responsibilities with team members.” The new collaboration cloud management features help agile development teams succeed with Infrastructure-as-a-Service.

OpDemand users can now securely manage cloud platforms that belong to other OpDemand users. Once access has been granted, users can start, stop, deploy, clone, destroy, lock, unlock, and post messages to shared platforms. Management actions are published to a real-time news feed that emphasizes who changed a cloud platform, when, and why. OpDemand’s graphical news feed is inspired by social Web sites and builds upon OpDemand’s GitHub integration.

OpDemand enables continuous deployments by pressing a single button press on a Web console, and organizations have flexibility over who can push releases into production, according to OpDemand CTO Gabriel Monroy. “With these new sharing and collaboration features, product managers, junior developers, and other, less-technical team members can now safely trigger deploys without having to involve the DevOps or CloudOps teams. This frees busy developers and operations engineers from having to drive the release process manually using command-line tools like Git or by triggering custom deployment scripts.”

By creating a “master” OpDemand user and sharing environments with other team members, agile development teams can centralize access controls, cloud credentials, billing information and environment creation. These centralized controls, combined with OpDemand’s real-time audit trail, provide the security necessary for team-based management of production applications and services on Amazon Web Services. Use of collaboration features requires a metered OpDemand account; collaboration participants can continue to use free OpDemand accounts.

Software developers, operations engineers. and system administrators can create a free test OpDemand account, which provides access to the OpDemand Web console, command-line utilities, REST API. and a library of infrastructure blueprints. OpDemand’s library currently contains blueprints for a variety of popular cloud-based frameworks, including Python, Ruby, Node.js, and Clojure.

More information is available at www.opdemand.com.

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