DAILYHOSTNEWS, December 15, 2011 – NaviSite, a premier provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed application, managed messaging and managed cloud services, yesterday announced enhancements to NaviCloud’s AppCenter cloud management portal that provide additional security, visibility and control for enterprise applications deployed on NaviCloud.
New features include:
Advanced Cloning Capabilities – AppCenter now provides more advanced, flexible cloning capabilities. Customers can choose default settings when cloning groups, subgroups, and individual virtual machines (VMs) or they can customize resource settings such as VM names, CPU/memory sizes, and networking information before the VMs are cloned. With the added flexibility, customers can create and tailor new test, training, development or production environments much more rapidly and efficiently, improving productivity and time to market.
User Interface Management Visibility – AppCenter now provides customers with the flexibility to map IT roles and processes to their cloud environment. Administrators can add and remove cloud users; define and manage cloud roles and responsibilities; define cloud membership by associating users with policies; and restrict certain users from seeing portions of the cloud user interface by applying visibility limits. Additionally, customers can also create workflows for approvals to recreate their internal IT and business controls within a cloud environment.
Resource Instrumentation – Though cloud-based infrastructure provides resource elasticity, there are times when high demand levels may create some resource contention or lead to unexpected costs. Resource instrumentation addresses these issues by enabling customers to efficiently manage VM usage at a very granular level, ensuring that higher-priority users and applications have access to critical resources.
Dedicated Account Log-Ins for Airlock Import Facility – NaviCloud now has the ability to load VMs that were created elsewhere through the Airlock interface. Dedicated logins allow for better access control, improved tracking of VMs, and better auditing for compliance purposes.
Support of additional SSL Certificates – In order to accommodate certificates from different certificate authorities (CAs) and those designed for use in different platforms, NaviCloud now supports both the PEM and PFX formats, eliminating the need to convert from one format to another.
SSL Management via SSL Screen – Managing SSL certificates can be a burdensome task for IT managers. For an e-commerce site, an expired certificate can drive away significant potential business. AppCenter’s SSL configuration screen provides customers with an easy-to-use management tool for creating, updating and deleting SSL certificates.
“These latest enhancements to AppCenter will help customers accelerate the deployment and ease the management of their cloud environments,” said Denis Martin, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NaviSite. “Our primary goal is to simplify the management of these increasingly complex IT environments.”
NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable Company, is a leading worldwide provider of enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. NaviSite provides a full suite of reliable and scalable managed services, including Application Services, industry-leading Enterprise Hosting, and Managed Cloud Services for organizations looking to outsource IT infrastructures and lower their capital and operational costs. Enterprise customers depend on NaviSite for customized solutions, delivered through a global footprint of state-of-the-art data centers.