CliQr's Cloud Management Platform Critical for Hybrid Clouds

By Laura Stotler, TMCnet Contributing Editor  |  December 10, 2015

Hybrid cloud deployments have become so pervasive that it’s no longer practical to expect applications to conform to the specific requirements of myriad cloud environments. In the cloud age, applications need to be ready for deployment and management on numerous cloud environments right out of the gate to maximize efficiency and availability.

Providing hybrid cloud management, or more specifically, application-defined cloud management is the core business of growing company CliQr. TMC CEO Rich Tehrani (News - Alert) spoke with David Cope, EVP of corporate development and CMO of CliQr, about trends in hybrid cloud adoption at the recent Editors Day Santa Clara 2015 event.

“Today it’s the year of the hybrid cloud, where businesses realize that it’s the right workload in the right cloud environment, whether it be a data center, private cloud, managed private cloud or public cloud,” said Cope. “Putting the right application on the right workload is really what companies are betting on.”

But achieving that is often easier said than done, and companies and developers are often forced to modify applications to meet the specifications of specific cloud environments. That process can be challenging and time consuming and according to Cope, it’s just not practical to force applications to conform to the requirements of individual cloud environments in the age of the hybrid cloud.

“I think CliQr’s technology approach is really critical in that traditionally to migrate applications to any cloud environment, you would have to alter the application and do a bunch of custom scripting, all specific to that cloud,” said Cope. “CliQr switches that around, allowing you to profile or blueprint your application once and have it portably run and be managed across any private or public cloud.”

Created in 2010 by two engineers from VMware, CliQr offers the CloudCenter platform for centralized modeling, deployment and management of clouds, applications and users. The platform supports 17 different private and pubic cloud environments, enabling developers to create a single blueprint that will govern an application no matter where it resides. The platform also offers common visibility and control of applications and users across all cloud platforms, critical to the hybrid cloud deployment model.

CliQr announced a number of enhancements to CloudCenter last month, designed to help DevOps teams simplify and streamline application deployment to data centers and private and public clouds. These include built-in support for continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD), which unifies the management of users, deployments and environments. This works throughout all phases of application deployment, including development, QA, staging and production. Cope said CliQr will focus on building out its channel partnerships and distribution efforts in the coming year.

For the full interview, check out the interview below: 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere
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