Release Notes

We are thrilled to bring you the Buttonwood Cloud Broker. With regular updates, you can find the exciting new features of Buttonwood Cloud Broker with the Cloud Broker Release Notes.

Let us know what features you would like added to your Cloud Broker – contact us.

Broker Roadmap

The Buttonwood Cloud Broker is always one step ahead at planning the plugins and features that you need to be a Cloud Hero in your organisation.

Below you will find our roadmap for new features and improvements to Broker.

Buttonwood Cloud Broker 3.0 will include the cloud provider plugin through Microsoft Azure. Allowing you to see the Lowest Confirming Bid across both AWS and Azure, the Broker will bring true transparency to cloud.

Additional plans include further cloud-native services, advanced networking services, storage management expansions and additional policy types. We would like to discuss your specific requirements to ensure they are included in our planning.

Current Releases

31.07.17

Our most recent release of the Broker includes many new features and plugin additions.

Named Networks

The Broker now supports a controlled vocabulary to enable better management of network outcomes when modelling a blueprint in the Composer.  Map specified CIDR ranges to specific Named Networks and control cloud sprawl at the Environment level.

Variable Sets

Variable Sets allow an Administrator to establish a list of parameters that can be passed to a Composer Node using Environment/Provider/Account/Network conditions at runtime.  Variable Sets allow an organisation to manage input values such as Password and UserID without making them visible to the Application Architect.

Deployment Troubleshooting

  • Node Conditions – Users can now troubleshoot a Deployment by managing every Node Lifecycle event that is part of an orchestrated service.
  • Auto Terminate – Users and Architects can now choose NOT to auto terminate a Deployment to help troubleshoot scripts and orchestration events quickly.
  • Standard Out – Script outputs are now visible from the Node Condition screen to help understand Fabric events that are executed during Deployment.

Permissions

RBAC services have been implemented for all functions of the Broker.  Permissions can now be applied to Environments, Artefacts, Deployments.  Now any object within the Broker can be RBAC controlled by the Administrator.

Web Hooks

Web Hooks functionality is now available as an Advanced offering in the Composer. A Web Hooks is a “user-defined HTTP callback” that can trigger an event when a dependent action is specified in the Composer.

Plugins

Oracle

The Cloud Broker now supports Oracle Cloud as a Native Cloud endpoint for orchestrated events.

Nutanix (Chargeback)

The Cloud Broker can now manage VMs that reside on a Nutanix cluster.  The Nutanix Plug-in generates an Inventory that is sent to Analytics for Chargeback purposes.  This Inventory is associated with a Custom Rate card to generate an Invoice for complete financial transparency.

VMware (Chargeback)

The Cloud Broker can now manage any VM’s that resides on a VMware cluster.  The VMware Plug-in generates an Inventory that is sent to Analytics for Chargeback purposes.  This Inventory is associated with a Custom Rate card to generate an Invoice for complete financial transparency.

Guacamole

Users can now connect to VMs running in cloud and on-premise using the Guacamole framework. Connect via RDP, SSH or VNC to Linux and Windows machines with a single click.  The Broker securely manages all SSH Keys and UserID and Passwords needed to connect to the remote instance.

Slack

An administrator can configure the Broker to report ALL events, both user and system, to a nominated Slack Channel to help monitor the Broker environment and deliver a better proactive service offering to end users.

31.03.17

With this release, Azure, AWS and Networker come fully integrated with the Broker. Users are now also able to disable and terminate a lease once it has expired.

01.09.16

With release 2.0, the Intercloud integration is removed and AWS and Puppet are added as plugins. EMC Networker is also now integrated with the Broker.

27.05.16

The Broker User Interface was redesigned and now has improved performance capabilities. The release also brings advanced deployments options from the Blueprint Composer.

04.03.16

The Broker now comes with alarms and notifications, as well as role based permissions and encrypted settings and passwords.

15.12.15

With this release, Broker now comes with LDAP authentication, ping cloud instances and deploy time parameters. Machine migrations, via Cisco Intercloud, between on premise and layer 2 bubble in the cloud.

25.09.15

The Broker’s new user dashboard gives you more visibility over your cloud deployments. This release also begins our journey to the Lowest Cost Conforming Bid, with region and provider policies added.

24.06.15

With release 0.3 of Broker, users can begin to on-board existing AWS instances. We have also developed a blue print composer, and added an “hours of operation” policy to determine the running time of cloud resources.

30.04.15

In this release, the Broker begins to focus on Costs Centre Management. The release also marks the starts of the Cisco Prime Network Services Controller integration.

09.04.15

This released marks the Broker establishment starting with a Cisco Intercloud Fabric Director Integration, allowing users to create, terminate, PowerOn, PowerOff and reboot workloads.

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