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Cloud Platform - Release Notes: September 26, 2017

Updated by Anthony Hakim on Sep 26, 2017

New Features (4)

  • Cloud Application Manager

    Unified User Login

    As part of our continued efforts to improve the user experience of Cloud Application Manager platform, we are transforming the login experience into a unified user login.

    Cloud Application Manager’s unified login can be accessed by visiting https://cam.ctl.io/login

    This new login flow brings several improvements to user experience:

    • Responsive design for mobiles
    • Email is not a required field on organization login screen
    • An error message is displayed on non existent organization domains
    • Login animations and error messages have been enhanced
    • Support for new Operating System flavors in AWS, and performance improvements and fixes

    Monitoring Enhancements

    All Cloud Application Manager customers can now see all AWS CloudWatch metrics as part of the Watcher Graphs for free.

    While adding an AWS Provider if users add the additional AWS ReadOnlyAccess IAM Policy they will now start seeing their AWS providers along with the Servers in the Graph filter list. Once the AWS provider is selected, users can select from a wide range of AWS Cloud Watch metrics and see graphs related to those metrics for the entire time, data is available with AWS.

    Existing users can update their AWS Provider to add the additional AWS ReadOnlyAccess IAM Policy to start seeing the AWS Cloud Watch metrics.

    Cloud Optimization and Analytics

    One benefit of public cloud offerings is consumers are only charged for what they use. However, this usage-based model requires monitoring your environment, which many not have been a concern in a private cloud environment, in order to manage to one’s budget. Cloud Application Manager customers with Optimized AWS providers can now see a cost dashboard of their monthly spend with a breakdown of cost across services and regions in order to operate their environment efficiently.

    Customers can access this new functionality as part of the Analytics site of Cloud Application Manager and select 'Cost Dashboard' from the Left-hand Navigation bar.

    Managed Services Anywhere

    Cloud Application Manager’s Managed Services Anywhere now includes support for MS SQL, the foundation of Microsoft’s comprehensive data platform. By selecting to deploy a Managed MS SQL server to AWS or Microsoft Azure - (CenturyLink DCC-Foundation
    coming soon) - customers get all the features of a managed server along with management of the SQL Server instance. Simply Delegate Management to CenturyLink and receive Monitoring, Alerting, Ticketing, Remote Administration and Patching for both the VM and the SQL Server instance.

    Supported Versions

    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014

    Supported Editions

    • Standard Edition
    • Enterprise Edition

    Supported Operating Systems

    • Managed Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Managed Microsoft Windows Server 2012

    Supported Cloud Providers

    • AWS
    • Microsoft Azure
    • CenturyLink DCC-Foundation (coming soon)

Enhancements (1)

  • Bare Metal - New Operating Systems

    Customers now have the ability to deploy the following new Operating Systems on Bare Metal Servers:

    • CentOS 7
    • RHEL 7
    • Ubuntu 16

Announcements (1)

  • Cloud Application Manager

    Since introducing Cost Optimization and Analytics to Cloud Application Manager in January 2017, we have constantly improved the way we handle consolidated billing. Our latest update affects Optimized, Azure customers. Instead of doing our billing in arrears, we will be gathering usage data daily. The benefit to our customers will be more timely charges on invoices plus usage estimates, visible through Cloud Application Manager.

    As a result of this transition, the next invoice from CenturyLink will include both arrears charges and charges from the most recent month for Optimized Azure. This means that on the next invoice (scheduled to go out October 1), some customers may see charges for August Azure usage and September usage in the same invoice. The charges will be represented as different line items.

    We are sorry about the inconveniences that this may cause and we encourage you to plan in advance. In Following October 1, estimates for your next bill will be included in Cloud Application Manager’s billing dashboard.