Manual environment deployments can be time-consuming and expensive. Over the years we’ve felt our customers’ frustrations: enterprise IT departments trying to be more agile in the face of business demands; ISVs that need faster time-to-money; Systems Integrators that are bogged down in repetitive work. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the launch of Environment Engine, a toolset that automates environment and application deployments to the enterprise cloud using “Blueprints.” Blueprints contain the DNA of an environment—from host configurations, to firewall and load balancing rules, to any applications running on top. (And yes, before you ask, these tools are completely free to use for all CenturyLink Cloud customers.) With Environment Engine, the elusive IT-as-a-Service is no longer a myth. Now IT pros can create best practice-optimized Blueprints that others can use later to deploy complex applications and environments on-demand. Rollout times drop from days or weeks to hours or minutes, and because deployments are automated across the whole technology stack, build-outs are consistent and leave little room for pesky human errors. So how exactly does all of this work? Let’s get into the nitty-gritty… 1. Using the Blueprint Designer, a technical expert can create Blueprints that include host and network configurations; firewall, load balancing, and autoscale rules; and applications that will run in that environment. The resulting Blueprint can be published to private libraries for internal use or to the public CenturyLink Cloud Blueprint Library for increased exposure and adoption across organizational boundaries. 2. From the Blueprint Library, users can select the Blueprint best suited to their requirements based on variables including categories, keyword, characteristic filters such as OS or sizing, Blueprint maturity, and social feedback. 3. Because no one likes surprises on their bills, the Blueprint Builder displays estimated monthly costs of an environment, as well as any resource or software requirements. From there users can adjust pre-defined variables in the selected Blueprint to ensure proper configuration, then deploy best practice-optimized environments to the CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform. Curious as to what kinds of applications you can deploy using Environment Engine? We are in the process of creating several Blueprints based on common environments, or those that may benefit from our team’s expertise. (Our goal is to expand this list over time as others publish to the public Blueprint Library and we add Blueprints to meet demand.) - Microsoft SharePoint® Server - Microsoft Exchange® Server (Single Server) - Microsoft Exchange® Server HA: Using data availability groups - Microsoft SQL Server 2008 - Active Directory - Team Foundation Services - ASP.NET & SQL Web App: Single Node - ASP.NET 2 Node Web Application: Contains front end web server and backend SQL server - LAMP Stack Check out the Environment Engine Datasheet, the recorded Environment Engine demo, or drop by Booth #213 at VMworld from August 29 –Sept 1 in Las Vegas for a live demonstration.