StackStorm today announced that StackStorm customers can integrate the automation of operations into Windows Server and Microsoft Azure, thereby extending the company’s event driven automation functionality to Microsoft infrastructures that include Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Blob Storage. By taking advantage of StackStorm’s event-driven automation software, organizations can automate their Windows Server and Azure services in ways that deliver integrated automation for the entire infrastructure as opposed to heterogeneous assemblages of command line automation. Moreover, StackStorm’s support of the the re-use of existing PowerShell-based scripts and automation means customers can look forward to an expedited deployment of event-driven automation that leverages their existing automation framework, without the need for extensive rework of their automation scripts and tools. In addition to today’s news regarding StackStorm’s capability to deliver operations automation into Windows Server and Microsoft Azure infrastructures, StackStorm announces its availability on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace as a certified solution. StackStorm now supports Amazon Web Services, OpenStack and Microsoft Azure and has recently partnered with Rackspace to automate scaling and continuous integration.
Given that StackStorm’s event-driven automation software enables organizations to automate operations across multiple infrastructures such as public and private clouds, the platform enables the implementation of event driven automation as if it spans one larger entity with heterogeneous constituent components. Moreover, because StackStorm specializes in event driven automation, customers need no longer focus on orchestration-related workflows in conjunction with other rule-based parameters and scripts, but can otherwise rely on data-driven analytics to optimize and iteratively refine automation in relation to designated events. Furthermore, StackStorm’s support of a variety of vendors means that customers can take advantage of one event-driven automation platform to manage deployments from multiple vendors in cases where workloads have been variously assigned to different vendors to optimize performance and cost or to avoid vendor lock-in. In all, today’s announcement about StackStorm’s support for Microsoft Azure represents a key step toward consolidating its early traction within the event-driven automation space, particularly in the context of the advanced requirements for automation specific to hybrid cloud infrastructures.
On September 10, StackStorm revealed a partnership with Mirantis to in integrate its operations automation products into products from Mirantis, the Mountain View-based commercial OpenStack vendor. As a result of the partnership, StackStorm’s DevOps and automation products will enhance the Mirantis OpenStack distribution and contribute toward the operational agility of Mirantis OpenStack deployments. Evan Powell, CEO of StackStorm, remarked on the significance of the partnership between StackStorm and Mirantis as follows:
Mirantis is one of the leading OpenStack distributions in the industry today, and we intend to heavily invest in our partnerships so that users can leverage StackStorm alongside Mirantis software and services. OpenStack is playing an increasingly important role in the industry, and enables users to achieve the power and flexibility of the cloud without the rigidity and cost of proprietary cloud services and private cloud platforms. While our software supports more than OpenStack, we depend heavily on the community and are happy to be increasing our support.
Here, Powell underscores the criticality of OpenStack to contemporary cloud computing because of its ability to enable customers to realize the “power and flexibility of the cloud” without the “rigidity and cost of proprietary cloud services.” Powell also notes StackStorm’s intent to expand its partnership program as its technology comes out of a private Beta and achieves general availability later this year. Stackstorm delivers automation and artificial intelligence to the automation of workflows for IaaS platforms in ways that increase operational efficiencies by factors of 10 to 100. Part of the company’s mission involves bringing the automation and massive economies of scale enjoyed by technology giants such as Facebook and Google to mainstream enterprise IT by means of its machine-learning based automation technology. Today’s announcement represents an important milestone for StackStorm as Mirantis will provide a lively Beta site for the evaluation and refinement of its platform. The integration with Mirantis promises to prefigure further partnerships between StackStorm and other OpenStack vendors and a corresponding enrichment of the OpenStack ecosystem more generally. StackStorm is already a leading contributor to OpenStack Workflow as a Service collaboration, Project Mistral.
Today, StackStorm emerged from stealth mode and revealed details of a DevOps solution for IaaS cloud environments, with a specific focus on OpenStack at the present time. In much the same vein that Pivotal sought to bring the computing power, scalability and operational efficiencies of enterprises such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Twitter to mainstream enterprise IT, StackStorm proposes to bring automation technology analogous to that used by companies like Facebook to enterprises, SMBs and startups alike. StackStorm CEO Evan Powell elaborated on the company’s technology by noting that, “the world’s top cloud infrastructure operators are 10-100x more productive than the average operator thanks in part to homemade operations automation like Facebook’s FBAR. We built StackStorm to deliver exactly this kind of software and productivity boost to the broader market.” In a phone interview with Cloud Computing Today, Powell noted further that the platform specialized in simplifying the automation of workflows in addition to leaving an audit trail regarding the implementation of automation. Moreover, the StackStorm platform integrates machine learning into its product in order to render its automation technology more intelligently and intuitively responsive to the evolving needs of the infrastructure in question. Cofounded by by Evan Powell and Dmitri Zimine, StackStorm’s mission involves delivering automation and artificial intelligence to the operation of datacenters and cloud-based infrastructures, with a particular emphasis on empowering companies who lack top-tier DevOps talent to automate their workflows with efficacy and transparency.