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Avni, a Milpitas, Calif.-based cloud computing company, announced today the launch of Software Defined Cloud (SDC) 2.0, an on-premises software offering that enables organizations to deploy applications to the cloud in just minutes without retooling.
Rohini Kasturi, founder and CEO of the two-year-old startup, told Datamation that his company's technology essentially virtualizes "all the clouds, so that customers can take existing applications and put them on their choice of clouds." Avni SDC 2.0 allows developers to take a "virtualized application from the last 10 years, and without changing it, deploy it to the cloud" – or move it between clouds, he said.
Avni SDC 2.0 solves two big issues with cloud applications today. First, on the developer front, committing to a cloud provider's platform-as-a-service (PaaS) can end up feeling like "going to jail," said Kasturi. Avni's cloud-agnostic approach prevents vendor lock-in, offering cloud developers "freedom of choice." According to the company, SDC 2.0 supports "any app, any cloud, any devops, so that customers can setup once and run anywhere."
Secondly, Avni SDC 2.0 unburdens "infrastructure guys who are rolling and scaling [cloud applications] out," he added. "We take care of the complete application stack [including] network services," he said.
And Avni is container-friendly, added Kasturi. "We complement what VMware is doing, what Docker is doing," he assured.
Customers create cloud application blueprints in Avni SDC 2.0 by dragging and dropping policies, network services and test apps. They then pick from their choice of cloud providers while Avni's predictive analytics capabilities ensure an app's desired service level agreement (SLA) and scalability. Moving apps between clouds is similarly straightforward.
Kasturi believes that his company's work on combining cloud application and network services into a single solution will help "accelerate the private, public or hybrid cloud strategies" of organizations struggling with inflexible cloud implementations.
Cloud developers, meanwhile, can kick their projects into high gear. "An app developer can devtest on a public cloud and the production [deployment] can be on a private cloud," said Kasturi. "They can develop how they like" without changing their apps to compensate, he said.
Ultimately, Avni's software delivers on the business agility promises cloud vendors make, but rarely deliver, according to Kasturi.
In a statement he said SDC 2.0 "gives companies the freedom to move to an alternative cloud infrastructure in record time and without impact on CapEx or OpEx. What software-defined networking did for legacy networks, we've successfully done for the cloud."
Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at Small Business Computing. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.
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