News from the machine room – December 2018

Datum: 29.01.2019

News from the Machine room

Seperately from our Release Notes, where we give you an overview about news, improvements and bugfixes around our public cloud platform, we will now report monthly with the “News from the machine room”, where we go into more detail about our product and software developments of gridscale. So you always know what to look forward to!

Foreman

With the release of foreman-gridscale and the underlying Ruby library fog-gridscale we make it possible to manage gridscale resources from “the Foreman”.

“The Foreman” is an open source lifecycle management tool. It is used to manage IT infrastructure and configure it using various configuration management tools. IT infrastructure can mean physical servers, on-premise virtualization or (public) cloud offerings.

The latest tutorial from us “Foreman provided by gridscale: Create and manage your servers in Foreman with the plugin from gridscale.io” gives a good overview of the foreman-provider.

In our tutorials we have already provided some more tutorials around Foreman:

The list of Foreman providers is long and we are now in the top company there. In general, Foreman providers build on the Ruby library ‘fog’.
‘fog-gridscale’ is a corresponding fog library for our API. With it you can not only access gridscale from ‘The Foreman’, but also directly from your own Ruby programs.

Both components, fog-gridscale and foreman-gridscale, are published under corresponding OpenSource licenses.

Billing-API and Custom-Links for Grey – and Whitelabel customers

For our partners in the Grey and Whitelabel sector, we have created the possibility of requesting billing information at API level with the provision of our billing API. This is a further step as a first-class citizen for our API. The Billing API enables the retrieval of PDF invoices as well as a wide variety of invoice information.

A further improvement for our partners are the considerably improved “custom links”. Using the custom links, partners can extensively customize the menu for their clients. This ranges from own menu groups to external links and iFrames.

Release Notes in the Panel Menu

Our panel users now have a new user menu in which the release notes can be seen prominently after login. Our panel is the best example of the continuous improvements we make in the gridscale universe.

Object Storage

Apart from such prominent, very visible updates, we have also done a lot of work in the background. Our object storage environment has recently been upgraded to 40 Gbps links.

Felix Kronlage

Felix Kronlage | Product Owner
As Product Owner Felix is the central point around our products and is responsible that our customers get not only a good but an excellent product. In this role he coordinates between the individual teams and is always at the pulse of time at gridscale.

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