Morpheus Data has updated to its cloud management platform by making it easier to dynamically integrate different implementations of automation tasks created using different tools and frameworks any Git or GitHub repository.
In addition, the company has expanded the operating systems it supports to include Amazon Linux 2, Red Hat Linux 8.x and SUSE Linux, in addition to extending existing support for Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Oracle Cloud and Google Cloud Platform.
Morpheus Data has also added support for VMware NSX-T and Unisys Stealth networking software as part of an effort to advance DevSecOps by making it easier to apply microsegmenation to networks to create a zero-trust IT environment. Interest in zero-trust IT environments is on the rise as a way to combat the lateral movement of malware once an IT asset is breached.
Finally, Morpheus Data has updated the graphical user interface (GUI) it provides as a single pane of glass for managing multiple cloud platforms.
Brad Parks, vice president of business development for Morpheus Data, said DevOps teams can now employ the Morpheus cloud management platform to orchestrate tasks developed in Ansible, Python, Groovy, Shell, Powershell, jRuby and even e-mail. Those tasks can then be chained together to create a workflow process, said Parks.
The update to the GUI also makes it possible to create custom views of application instances across clouds as well as export custom datasets into CSV or JSON data formats for analysis, including chargeback, showback and project reporting. Navigation has also been streamlined with updates to global search, navigation and granular sorting of tabular data.
Parks said in the wake of the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic more IT organizations will need to reduce the total cost of IT. The challenge they face is the IT environment has become more distributed than ever. The Morpheus platform makes it possible to centralize the management of multiple platforms, which should enable IT teams to substantially lower the total cost of IT by applying IT automation more aggressively across a hybrid cloud computing environment. Today most organizations have adopted multiple clouds, each of which is usually managed in isolation. That approach not only requires tools to manage each platform but also dedicated IT support specialists for each platform.
It’s not clear to what degree IT organizations will move to centralize the management of IT in the wake of the pandemic. Many of the cloud platforms that organizations are employing have been funded by line-of-business executives rather than the central IT organization. However, now that many of those business executives are under pressure to reduce costs, the amount of discretionary spending made available to business executives might be curtailed. At the same time, however, many organizations are increasing investments in digital business transformation initiatives that most commonly involve applications being deployed on the cloud.
Regardless of the path forward, the one thing that is clear is the current status IT quo within most organizations is not going to hold.