How Cloud Service Providers Can Offer Integrated Applications with Real Value for Enterprises

Open-Cloud-Alliance

In this post, I want to help answering the question how cloud and managed service providers can help end user organizations to move faster and more decisively into the cloud. This is of major relevance for the growth of all CSPs and MSPs and a requirement for every provider who wants to be able to compete against the large players like Amazon and Microsoft.

Why bother?

The first question of cause is: Do organizations want to move into the cloud at all? Especially with their internal applications like collaboration software or ERP systems? And as a consequence: Is there an opportunity for service providers at all?

What Does it Imply for Support if a Vendor Moves from On-premise to Cloud-based Products?

As many software companies move their products to cloud-based offerings, the question comes up: where is the difference between supporting cloud-based products and supporting on-premise products? Talking to customers and partners over the last couple of months I’ve made some notices which I want to share with you.

Don’t let them take you hostage

Visualisierung Computer Virus

How to back up data from Linux and Windows machines centrally with Bareos and restore them in case of disaster.

Performing periodic backups in computer networks is indispensable. In times of Locky and other ransomware backups are often the only option left to regain access to your data. Nevertheless, for backups to be effective against these types of threats, a number of aspects have to be considered.

Open Source Automation Server Jenkins New in the App Center

jenkins app logo

Jenkins is one of the most known Open Source automation server offering several hundred plug-ins for supporting the creation, testing, operation and automation of software. Thanks to Jenkins software will be automatically tested with each new feature that is added during the development process. This allows to notice early whether the new feature leads to an incorrect behavior in another area. Jenkins is furthermore the first app which our development team itself has provisioned as a native Docker app.

Univention & TecArt publish app bundle with Docker integration

Univention App Center mit TecArt App

In our App Center the new TecArt app, the first application based on the state-of-the-art “Docker” container technology for operation in UCS is now available. The app is stored in an isolated container, making it possible to run different software applications in the same server environment without conflicts.
I am glad, that TecArt is the first developer using our new Docker integration in the App Center. Container technology Docker LogoThe encapsulation via Docker allows TecArt to satisfy the specific requirements on essential software libraries and their versions via the App Center without any complex maneuvers or additional efforts.  

App Rating in the Univention App Center

Example App Rating in App Center
Everybody who surfs through the internet knows some sort of rating for products, software, photos, postings, etc. Ratings are present at your favorite online book store, your movie or music streaming provider and on the two biggest and well-known marketplaces for mobile devices. All those rating systems have in common that users can leave comments and give a rating between zero to five. Most people, including me, are influenced by ratings and use them in their buying decision process, sometimes even unconsciously. Now, we have also implemented a rating system in our App Center.

New in UCS 4.1: Docker Apps for the Univention App Center

Version 4.1 of Univention Corporate Server supports Docker Apps from within the App Center. However, firstly lets have a look back on how the App Center has developed over the last years to better explain the reasons why we decided to support Docker. Afterwards, we will have a quick look at the technical details of the implementation within UCS before discussing what the advantages for app vendors and, most importantly, users are. Lastly, I will be happy to give a quick peek into what the future has in store for the App Center.

Single Sign-On for UCS 4.1

In order to be able to guarantee the seamless integration of apps in the identity management system provided by UCS even more proficiently, we have now implemented a single sign-on for UCS function in Version 4.1. of Univention Corporate Server. Single sign-on allows a user who has authenticated himself once on an identity provider to use a wide variety of other services without the need to sign on to each of these additional services individually.

Data Security Thanks to Multiple-Factor Authentication in UCS with privacyIDEA + SAML

How can companies make access to their networks and applications securer and more user-friendly at the same time? What’s behind the terms SAML, multiple-factor authentication and single sign-on in this context? Cornelius Kölbel, Managing Director of our partner NetKnights, took the time to explain these technologies to us and illustrate how you can use the multiple-factor authentication solution privacyIDEA and SAML to set up a secure network on UCS plus saving employees time when signing in.