Talligent’s Openbook software, which is now in its third version, gives cloud administrators visibility into the resources and the accrued costs in cloud deployments. With its latest release on Wednesday, Austin-based Talligent has added functionality to support private-cloud use cases including chargeback, utilization tracking for sprawl control, a single view of hybrid clouds, and capacity reporting.
On the hybrid cloud front, Talligent added a VMware adapter to provide cost comparisons of the workloads that are running in VMware and OpenStack environments. Talligent plans to support Microsoft‘s Azure in the near future.
“We have a couple of large enterprise customers where we manage their OpenStack cloud, but then they expressed an interest in having a single pane of glass to cover their legacy VMware as well,” says Talligent VP of Sales John Meadows. “It [Openbook v3] gives them the opportunity to track and compare cost for pricing workloads between the two environments, and it helps their users understand what is going on between the two.”
Using an API or user-defined fields, Openbook now supports the ability to include non-OpenStack infrastructure elements, custom networks, or services in rate plans and billing models. The utilization and growth reports generated by Openbook can highlight the emerging trends at the cloud provider, business unit, cost center, and tenant levels to aid in capacity and budget planning.
Talligent’s Openbook works with OpenStack’s Juno and Kilo open source software for building public, private, and hybrid clouds, and it plans on adding support for Liberty early next year.
With OpenStack releasing new software every six months, coupled with the increased adoption of private clouds by enterprises, Talligent is constantly evolving Openbook. After announcing general availability of Openbook in early 2014, Talligent rolled out version 2 later that year and then updated it with 2.5 in April 2015. Meadows says there are enough new features and functionality to warrant the latest release.
When CEO Sanjay Mishra founded Talligent two years ago, the company’s customers were public cloud providers, managed service providers, and other businesses that were looking for ways to create their own public clouds or managed private clouds. At the time, Talligent’s early customers weren’t competing directly with companies such as Azure.
Due to the influx of enterprise customers, Meadows says, there has been a shift in the OpenStack marketplace over the past six to nine months.
“I think it has a lot to do with maturity of OpenStack,” he says. “The tools make it much easier to deploy and manage. Our partners, including Mirantis, Red Hat, and HPE, have done a really good job of making it much more consumable and getting the word out to their customers that this is a valid infrastructure platform. Now enterprises are confident that they can deploy this and put a production workload on it.”
Meadows says Talligent most often competes with Cloud Cruiser in the enterprise space, but his company focuses more on private-cloud management along with its support for OpenStack. Talligent has received outside investments from Capital Factory, Silverton Partners, and Floodgate, but it hasn’t needed a formal funding round to date.