The key features of the Cloudian Connector for Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager are listed below. A full list of features of each product can be found in their respective datasheets.
Storage Service Catalog
Create a customized catalog of storage offerings that can be delivered to selected user types, organizations, channels. Authorized users can then provision and consume storage ondemand.
Flexible Pricing Schemes
Associate subscription pricing with storage services based on regions, channels, currencies, organization, storage capacity, etc.
Browse and provision storage services ondemand from the services catalog using a simple, intuitive self-service portal. Services are provisioned automatically without any intervention from IT or the cloud operator.
Usage & Bill Tracking
Access usage, billing and payment information on-demand using a self-service dashboard.
Launch and access Cloudian Management Console from the Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager using single sign-on.
Cloudian Connector for Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager
With the advent of server virtualization and the deluge of unstructured data, the traditional SAN and NAS storage architectures are giving way to object-based cloud storage.
Among the many benefits of object storage, the key drivers to rapid adoption include the unlimited scalability and cost-efficiency resulting from use of commodity servers, as well as the reduced IT resources required to manage object storage. The latter is what is traditionally referred to as "Storage-as-a-Service" (StaaS) or "Storage-as-a-Utility" capabilities, which include self-service provisioning, usage metering and reporting, customizable pricing plans, billing or chargeback, quality of service (QoS) controls, etc. The vision of Storage-as-a-Utility is to free up IT from these mundane tasks and instead focus on the strategic aspects of delivering storage to their end-users.
Citrix® CloudPortal™ Business Manager is a cloud services delivery platform that enables enterprises and service providers to unify the commerce, user management, provisioning and operational aspects of a cloud into a single cloud interface for delivering anything as a service (XaaS). The Cloudian® Connector for Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager extends these services to storage,thereby enabling enterprises and service providers to manage and deliver STaaS through a single, self-service portal.
- Improve User Productivity by allowing storage consumers to provision, use, manage and track storage resources that they are responsible for without relying on IT resources;
- Enhance IT Productivity by freeing them of mundane, manual storage management tasks associated with traditional storage architectures;
- Simplify & Streamline Cloud Operations by unifying delivery of all cloud services into a single platform; and
- Reduce Storage Costs by lowering the cost of acquisition and cost of managing storage infrastructure.