Cloudify Roadmap

Below you will find our roadmap for new features and improvements to Cloudify, including notes on those currently being worked on.

Note
Cloudify aims for a minor release every 4-6 months with new features, bug fixes, security enhancements, and more. A service release with bug and security fixes is also intended for delivery every 1-2 months. The next release is Cloudify 4.0, expected in March 2017. Items that are marked as In Progress – 4.0 below are included in this release.

Cloudify Manager

  • High Availability: HA setup will ensure the uptime of Cloudify Manager in production environments. IN-PROGRESS – 4.0
  • Multi-tenancy: The ability to set tenants (user groups) with a Cloudify Manager and isolate resources among them, such that one tenant does not have visibility of, nor the ability to access, data/resources of another. IN-PROGRESS – 4.0
  • Pre-bootstrap Verification: As part of the bootstrap process, Cloudify automatically verifies as many variables as possible before actually initiating the bootstrap process. Specifically – IaaS API credentials and quotas, validity of specified parameters such as image ID, etc in order to ensure successful bootstrap of Cloudify Manager. IN-PROGRESS
  • Encrypted Data Store: Encrypted key/value store for storing application-sensitive data such as cloud credentials, secrets and configuration parameters, which users can then access via blueprints. IN-PROGRESS
  • Manager Settings Configuration: Allows users to easily modify and apply manager configuration elements to Cloudify Manager, during runtime, via dedicated CLI commands and GUI elements. IN-PROGRESS – 4.0
  • Encrypted Communication: Agents communicate with the manager via an encrypted channel (SSL). IN-PROGRESS
  • RBAC: Allow setting permissions to resources based on users roles, and by that providing a fine-grained access control. Also, with the permissions mechanism the owners of a resource will be able to give specific permissions to specific users in the tenant.) – IN-PROGRESS

Core Orchestration, DSL, and App Modeling

  • OASIS TOSCA Simple Profile YAML 1.0: Introduce support for modeling applications and VNFs using standard OASIS TOSCA Simple Profile 1.0 YAML DSL. IN PROGRESS
  • ARIA Integration: Utilizing the ARIA TOSCA Orchestration Library for all orchestration and workflow capabilities. IN-PROGRESS
  • Service Composition: Consume existing, running deployed services with new application blueprints for service composition and building microservices architecture.
  • Application Blueprint Versioning: The ability to upload new versions of application blueprints, and apply them selectively to running deployments.
  • Resuming Failed Workflows: Built-in ability for Cloudify Manager to resume from the last successful execution point. This is useful when the workflow fails due to infrastructure allocation error, quotas, etc.
  • Scheduled Workflow Execution: The ability to schedule a workflow execution at a future time, such as scaling the number of web server VMs at a certain time of the day.
  • Improved Multi-cloud Support: Better support for multi and hybrid cloud environments.

Cloudify UI Framework

  • Widget-based UI Framework: Frontend re-architecture with the ability to load dynamic widgets for visualization of Cloudify data and operations, and for integrating with external systems. IN-PROGRESS – 4.0
  • Application Service Management: IN-PROGRESS – 4.0

Cloudify Plugins and Integrations

  • GCP Plugin: Complete integration with GCP. DONE
  • OpenStack Mitaka: Add support for Mitaka release of OpenStack. DONE
  • OpenStack Newton: Add support for Newton release of OpenStack.
  • vSphere Plugin: Complete integration with VMware vSphere. IN-PROGRESS
  • NSX Plugin: Complete integration with VMware NSX. IN-PROGRESS
  • Mesos Plugin: Support for Mesos integration for orchestrating and scheduling cluster deployments.
  • Azure Plugin
  • General Plugin Improvements: Ability to extend and reuse plugins and workflows more easily.

Cloudify Composer

  • User Experience: Simplify and improve the day to day user experience of Cloudify Composer. DONE
  • SaaS: Provide Composer-as-a-Service which will enable hosting the Composer (on premise or externally). IN-PROGRESSCOMPOSER 2.4
  • Manager Integration: Ability to upload composed blueprints to Cloudify Manager. IN-PROGRESSCOMPOSER 2.4
  • Imports and Examples Catalog: Improved experience for importing external blueprints, plugins and stencils (node types) to the Composer.
  • Source Tab Editing Ability: Enables changing the generated TOSCA code and having it reflected in the topology view.
  • Upload Blueprint to Github: Eases the work with Github.
  • Improved Ease-of-Use: With functionalities including Undo, Node clone, Multiple selection of nodes and more.

Cloudify For NFV

  • VMware VIM: Certification for VMWare VIM components (VMWare Integrated OpenStack, vCloud Director, vSphere, NSX). DONE
  • TOSCA/YANG and Netconf/YANG Plugin: The ability to support TOSCA/YANG descriptors to control Netconf/YANG devices. IN-PROGRESS
  • Robust IMS Reference Implementations: Clearwater IMS DONE
  • Intel EPA certification IN-PROGRESS



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