Matt just let us know that he released openQRM 4.2 into the wild. This new opensource openQRM release includes VMware ESX and Citrix XenServer support, a Puppet plugin and the Cloud Add-on.
This new version comes with additional support for VMware ESX, an integration with Puppet for automated configuration management, improvements for the high-availability mechanism and, last but not least, a Cloud-plugin.
This new Cloud-plugin provides a fully automated private cloud with a separated Cloud portal for external data-center users to submit their requests to. The Cloud-plugin features a complete automated provisioning cycle including automatic deprovisioning, Deployment of phyiscal and virtual machines from different virtualization types, P2V, V2P, V2V, P2P, “Clone-on-deploy” and a billing system.
So with openQRM you can deploy and manage any machine inside and outside your firewall. Need that extra CPU load for a weekend on Amazon, fine openQRM will manage it for you.
openQRM is probably the first management tool that integrates both traditional Physical and Viritual Datacenter deployment and provisioning technologies and Cloud deployments all from 1 console , It allows you to migrate back and forth between different deployment types. So you might be running your test servers in the cloud and when you go live migrate them to a physical location within you firewall. openQRM even integrates a billing infrastructure, an administrator can hand out CCU Cloud Compute units to his openQRM users and they then can use resources in the Cloud for that budget.
John Willis said earlier this week in one of his podcasts that that the combination of openQRM , Puppet and Eucalyptus could be the dream combination that makes Datacenter management easier than ever.
Two third is done.. the final step might not be far away..
Did we mention it was Open Source ?
Update: Matt just let us know the new openQRM.com is now live !