Service providers will be able to offer their enterprise customers portability between multiple cloud platforms using software introduced today by startup Avni.
We told you about Avni last week. It's a company founded by Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) alum with software designed to allow enterprises to move and scale cloud workloads between private, hybrid and multiple public cloud providers. It's intended to help enterprises avoid cloud provider lock-in, and scale easily and cost-effectively for surges in demand, as well as switch between cloud providers on the fly. "If Google is giving the best service, they can go with Google," says Avni CEO Rohini Kasturi. "If tomorrow AWS is the best they can go to AWS." (See Startup Avni Lets Apps Soar Between Clouds.)
Carriers can run the software and offer it as a self-service application for enterprise cloud customers. And enterprises can also run it on-premise on their own servers, Kasturi says.
The Avni Software Defined Cloud 2.0 is a kind of cloud middleware, with a set of APIs that connect to application software on one end, and any of ten different cloud providers on the other end, including Amazon Web Services Inc. , OpenStack, VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Compute Engine and Rackspace . Enterprises can deploy apps using the Avni software in hours.
The application itself isn't altered, so enterprises aren't trading lock-in to a cloud provider with lock-in to Avni, says Kasturi. "They can use our platform as long as they like us. If they don't like us tomorrow they can take their app and go anywhere else," Kasturi says.
The software lets enterprises define policies to automate security, load balancing, virtualization, scalability, storage and other resources needed by applications.
Kasturi, who is a Cisco and Juniper veteran with 25 patents, and Ravi Nuguru, also of Cisco and Juniper, built the software, which is designed to reduce "the long and costly process of deploying … applications to a cloud from weeks to minutes," the company says. The software is currently in use in the retail, financial services and media industries.
To use the software, enterprises create a "blueprint" of their app by dragging and dropping policies, test apps and built-in SDN services, then deploy to the cloud of their choice, with scalability and automatic quality of service provided by predictive analytics.
"Moving an app between clouds is just as easy and straightforward," Avni said in a statement. "IT and developers no longer need to fear whether the cloud architecture they choose will deliver the performance, security or control that they need, because now changes are easy and cost-effective."
Investors in Avni include Bill Coleman, partner in Alsop Louie Partners and founder of software middleware vendor BEA Systems, and angel investor Dan Scheinman, board member of Arista Networks Inc. and former SVP of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).
The software is available now, licensed on a per-app pay-as-you-go consumption model.