OpDemand, provider of innovative solutions for agile IT operations, today announced new features to facilitate collaborative management of cloud infrastructure within agile development teams. Teams leveraging OpDemand’s solution can now securely share management responsibilities and track changes to cloud systems using an intuitive and graphical news feed. These new capabilities strengthen OpDemand’s position as a leading management platform for agile development teams using Amazon Web Services.
“Managing cloud applications is a team sport,” said Joshua Schnell, CEO of OpDemand. “While 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. This innovation makes collaborative cloud management a reality and demonstrates OpDemand’s ongoing commitment to helping agile development teams succeed with Infrastructure-as-a-Service.”
With simple collaboration, 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 websites and builds upon OpDemand’s deep GitHub integration.
“Because OpDemand enables continuous deployments using a single button press on a simple web console, organizations have much more flexibility over who can push releases,” said Gabriel Monroy, CTO of OpDemand. “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 are encouraged to create a free 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.
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OpDemand is a next-generation platform for agile cloud infrastructure management. OpDemand provides software development teams a powerful tool for managing services and applications that run on Infrastructure-as-a-Service. OpDemand’s proprietary orchestration technology automates the deployment and management of raw cloud computing infrastructure using open-source blueprints. OpDemand features a best in-class user experience, true on-demand capabilities and complete control over underlying infrastructure. For more information, please visit OpDemand.com.