In many cases 1+1 really does equal 3, and the combined value of Snow Commander's automation capabilities coupled with the particular application of your choosing, makes for a superior solution for your consumers of IT services.
Snow Commander provides a single pane of glass by working in parallel with your existing public and private cloud infrastructure, including VMware vSphere, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft® Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Kubernetes and Microsoft® Hyper-V SCVMM. The real-time platform is designed to be public cloud– and hypervisor-independent. Snow Commander supports both greenfield and brownfield deployments, so you don’t have to change any existing architecture.
Chef, Puppet, Ansible and SaltStack are becoming de-facto tools in the arsenal of development teams adopting a DevOps model. Snow Commander's Service Catalog blueprints provides deep integrations with these solutions, thus enabling IT to make either hard-coded or a la carte application offerings to their development community. Snow Commander also integrates with CFT, ARM, Terraform, and Google Deployment Manager, allowing access to PaaS services which gives users the ability to use existing service definitions rather than starting from scratch.
The Snow Commander provisioning engine pulls IP information from the IPAM solution to provide static IPs for your workloads. When manually provisioning a workload, a Snow Commander administrator has full control over network configuration for the deployed workload.
Combining third-party guest OS performance data with VM performance metrics from the hypervisor allows Snow Commander to provide more accurate rightsizing recommendations for your virtualized infrastructure—without burdening the Snow Commander system with intensive data storage and data processing requirements.
You’re already leveraging Active Directory (AD) or LDAP, in some cases with extensive complexity in the area of groups of domains. Snow Commander can leverage existing AD groups to provide multi-tenant RBAC for different departments or organizations. If you’re looking for seamless user experience with single sign-on (SSO), Snow Commander also comes with SAML2 WebSSO and Windows SSO.
When you configure policies in Snow Commander, special events are recorded when something triggers policy enforcement (for example your compliance policy could enforce that a "role" attribute be configured for each VM, and trigger when no role has been entered). These events are called alerts. In addition, an audit log is kept in the Alerts and Events tabs for the objects involved (from the managed system level down to the VM level). You can also configure several policies to send out notifications.
Snow Commander provides its own ticketing system, while at the same time it can be integrated with any current system you have. Ticket information can flow in one or both directions, with approvals occurring in either system, and Snow Commander performing the underlying provisioning automation. Snow Commander can also populate and update CI’s in your CMDB when workloads are provisioned, decommissioned or modified. Our team of cloud automation experts can provide best practice recommendations based on our extensive industry experience.
You may be leveraging best-in-class tools like Zerto for disaster recovery (DR) or Veeam for regularly scheduled backups. Snow Commander provides the ability to integrate these in your automated data center deployments. In fact, any third party solution that has an API can be easily integrated into Snow Commander orchestration.
Snow Commander comes out of the box with an extensive REST API that enables any number of automation use cases. These include integration into CD/CI pipeline with tools like Jenkins, push and pull workload metadata information, cost model configuration and billing data rollup, workflow management. In fact for any other task you’d like to automate in your data center, you can leverage Commander‘s orchestration engine and extensive REST API.