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"The main feature of this solution is the integration with all the Cisco solutions and other vendors."

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"Has great extendability which means you can build your own custom logic.""Cloudify works in cases where you have very advanced service chaining requirements. It really works well there, and it fits the best. They have a standardized markup that's based on TOSCA, which is a standard. I like the fact that they're standards-based. Their solution works extremely well if you have the talent and the manpower to write TOSCA descriptors to deploy and interchange services or to automate the configuration and turn up of services."

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"There could be an improvement with the integration with the newest solutions from other vendors' technologies."

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"The upgrading process could be simplified.""It lacked the user interface for multitenancy and basic platform management tasks. It is a leader in the niche area that they like to perform in, but it only does about 30% of top-tier advanced functions of platform management. It doesn't meet about 70% of what you need to manage a private cloud platform."

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  • "I wasn't involved in the pricing of it because we were just doing prototype work with it, but I was told by the upper management team that it was quite expensive. That was another reason we switched to Morpheus."
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    Cisco UCS Director enables automated delivery of physical and virtual data center resources, empowering data centers to move at the speed of business.

    Cloudify is an open-source orchestration-first cloud management platform. The solution allows applications to efficiently run across multiple cloud or data center platforms for premium multi-cloud infrastructure automation and orchestration. It provides infrastructure automation using environment as a service (EaaS) technology to deploy and continuously manage any cloud, private data center, or Kubernetes service from one central point while leveraging existing toolchains.

    Cloudify Product Highlights

    • Fully customizable (white label, add, and modify widgets)
    • Create a custom view per business units, groups, user role
    • Easy integration with any 3rd-party/homegrown portal
    • Identify and eliminate task execution failures via a visual interface
    • Easy service composition that allows you to create new or update existing services
    • Switch between code and topology views
    • Import existing automation templates and scripts into Cloudify and automatically convert them into certified environments.
    • Intelligent and declarative engine that automates the entire lifecycle management
    • Intuitive UX and dashboards allowing complete visibility and control over usage, behavior, faults, and events of application/network services.

    Cloudify Features

    Cloudify has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Elastic caching
    • Post-deployment automation
    • Deployment monitoring
    • Service catalog
    • Real-time code validation
    • Plugins (Kubernetes, Ansible, AWS Cloud Formation, Azure ARM, Terraform)
    • Advanced Kubernetes management UI
    • Multi cluster action
    • Governance and compliance
    • Self-serve experience

    Cloudify Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Cloudify. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Operation agility: Cloudify gives your organization and DevOps teams the ability to react to resource needs, evolve, and adapt quickly over time. 
    • Self-service: Cloudify provides a self-service catalog and portal framework for cloud automation and cloud orchestration to provide a helpful and intuitive experience for environments, apps, and services setup and management.
    • Real-time visibility: Cloudify enables you to visually track all task executions. By implementing Cloudify, you can monitor progress and status of each execution step on Cloudify’s cloud orchestration platform, identify and eliminate task execution failures via a visual interface, and you can also apply management actions, such as stop, correct, and resume, quickly. 
    • Reduce design and configuration time: The Cloudify solution has a visual editor, allowing greater visibility into blueprint structure and dependencies, and drag-n-drop service composition that helps you leverage shared resources and components for ultimate open-source infrastructure and cloud orchestration.
    • Fast deployment: Another benefit of Cloudify is that it helps speed up deployments of your test/dev/production environments from your CI/CD.
    • Enables continuous updates: With Cloudify, you have continuous updates for your production environments. Cloudify enables your organization to monitor health, heal failures, update patches, and scale resources without any environment downtime.
    • Governance: By using the Cloudify solution, you can accommodate governance changes and can scale and update operations according to your certified architecture. 
    • Easier to manage Kubernetes: Cloudify makes it simple for you to manage multi Kubernetes clusters via service orchestration, enabling you to manage the application service itself rather than just its infrastructure. 
    • Cost optimization: With Cloudify, you can control costs by employing end-to-end modeling of the entire infrastructure. The solution offers cost-saving policies, which include the decommissioning of formerly complex services and resources.
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    Entel, Data#3, Cegal, NESIC, LightEdge
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    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider43%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Insurance Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Small Business38%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Cisco UCS Director is ranked 18th in Cloud Management with 1 review while Cloudify is ranked 19th in Cloud Management with 2 reviews. Cisco UCS Director is rated 9.0, while Cloudify is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS Director writes "Integrates well, stable, and responsive technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cloudify writes "Works very well for advanced service chaining requirements and has extremely advanced engineers for support". Cisco UCS Director is most compared with Cisco Intersight, VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), vCloud Director, VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) and Cisco CloudCenter, whereas Cloudify is most compared with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), Scalr, CloudStack, IBM Turbonomic and Embotics Commander.

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