Cloud Sidekick Unlocks AWS CloudFormation for Private and Hybrid Cloud Deployments

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 07, 2012

Cloud Sidekick, creator of the open source Cato Cloud Orchestration Platform, today announced the Early Access Program release of Cato Enterprise Edition (EE), which extends the open source Community Edition (CE) by adding Storm Deployment Automation and support for High Availability management server configurations. Storm is a new declarative provisioning feature that enables cloud developers and operations staff to create AWS CloudFormation compatible deployment configurations that can be deployed into Eucalyptus private clouds as easily as the AWS EC2 public cloud. Cato EE also enables a high availability architecture for increased management server scalability and fault tolerance.

The Cato Cloud Orchestration Platform is the culmination of more than 10 years of development work managing application lifecycles in complex, distributed data center environments such as T-Mobile USA. Cato delivers a proven, cost-effective and open source alternative to manage deployment and operations for public cloud, private cloud and data center resources with fully on-premise cloud management servers.

Deployments are managed from Ecosystem Templates that govern resource provisioning, configuration, operations and access control for user self-service. Rather than placing yet another agent on managed instances, Cato employs an agentless architecture that automates real-time, interactive sessions with IaaS clouds and application resources (servers, credentials, volumes, objects, etc.). To simplify operational automation, Cato enables resource tagging within private clouds and provides a central library of parameter-driven automation routines with comprehensive scheduling flexibility.

Cato was architected to help DevOps teams cost-effectively automate and orchestrate best of breed configuration management, runtime automation and monitoring solutions to manage cloud applications without requiring additional agents on the managed servers, said Dennis Ehle, CEO of Cloud Sidekick. With Cato Enterprise Edition, customers can now choose their preferred configuration management tool like Chef or Puppet and their preferred monitoring tool like Zabbix or Zenoss and orchestrate them from the Cato platform. Just as within AWS deployments, managing private cloud deployment automation with CloudFormation compatible Ecosystem Templates allows for simplified, modular instance configurations as the configuration management tools no longer need to address multi-server orchestration. At the end of the day, Cato fills a market gap between labor intensive and potentially fragile do-it-yourself cloud deployments and the expensive, hosted cloud management options at the other end of the spectrum.

Its up to each customer to choose their tools and approach for deployment, monitoring and management of cloud applications based on individual requirements, said Rich Wolski, CTO of Eucalyptus Systems. With the Cato platform, Cloud Sidekick is innovatively expanding the on-premise cloud automation options available to Eucalyptus customers for simplifying application deployments. Eucalyptus customers see the value in automating application deployment configurations. AWS CloudFormation-compatible templates offer customers a standard and repeatable way to support public, hybrid, and private cloud deployments on AWS and Eucalyptus cloud infrastructure.

Eucalyptus and Cloud Sidekick are hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 31st to demonstrate a single CloudFormation template being used to provision and configure the same multi-tier application on both AWS public and Eucalyptus private clouds. The webinar will also address how IAM can be used to dynamically create application specific access controls for highly secure configurations. Click here to register.

About Cloud Sidekick

Cloud Sidekick enables organizations to provision, configure, orchestrate and manage their applications on cloud and data center infrastructures with its proven, open source Cato Cloud Orchestration Platform. Cato was created to help DevOps teams cost-effectively automate and orchestrate best of breed configuration management, runtime automation and monitoring solutions to manage cloud applications without requiring additional agents on the managed servers. Cato additionally leverages AWS CloudFormation compatible JSON templates to extend the AWS compatibility of Eucalyptus private clouds to include declarative application deployment automation. With Cato, a single template can define the resources, cloud mappings and parameters needed to provision, configure and manage multi-server deployments in both Amazon and Eucalyptus clouds. The net result is transparent, repeatable, automated cloud deployments without giving away the keys to the kingdom. To learn more about Cato, call 678-251-4205 or visit

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