Morpheus v5.4 enables platform engineering through unified


Greenwood Village, CO, December 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Morpheus Data, the hybrid cloud application orchestration company, concludes a record 2021 year with $ 15 million in additional investment and releases v5.4 of the platform to simplify how platform engineering teams enable continuous automation of infrastructure for developer self-service.

Morpheus has experienced organic growth since its creation in 2015, having never taken external financing. Named a leader by leading analyst firms, the company has several hundred customers using its platform to streamline and govern the provisioning of virtual machines, containers, and public cloud services. This new investment will accelerate growth in 2022 and support a 50% increase in the workforce as Morpheus expands its geographic coverage and increases funding for distribution initiatives.

The need for developer empowerment has driven demand for self-service provisioning; Gartner predicts that by 2025, 75% of large companies will build self-service infrastructure platforms to enable rapid product innovation, up from 15% in 2020. Research also suggests that 70% of existing I&O staff will move to the DevOps and Platform Engineering teams at the same time. Morpheus v5.4 accelerates these projects and reduces the impact of skills gaps with new features that allow:

  • Faster service provisioning through hybrid cloud enhancements for on-premises technologies like VMware and public clouds like AWS, Azure, and GCP
  • Build, manage, and consume Kubernetes clusters, including Morpheus Kubernetes or third-party Kubernetes stacks like OpenShift, Rancher, and Tanzu
  • Consolidated execution of infrastructure as code and infrastructure automation with improved integration and control of Terraform and Ansible scripts

“Businesses today need to reduce operational silos and allow internal software development teams to move faster,” said Brad Parks, director of marketing at Morpheus Data. “Our vision is to simplify the consumption of hybrid clouds, Kubernetes, and automation tools within a single, unified orchestration platform. “

Improved hybrid cloud support to reduce the need for platform specific skills

The rapid adoption of the public cloud is largely a reflection of the difficulty of building a private cloud with platforms like VMware. Legacy tools like vRealize Automation (vRA) have tried to enable self-service, but many companies are moving away from vendor-specific tools like vRA in favor of an agnostic approach.

Morpheus v5.4 extended integration into VMware with a full management overlay for NSX-T as well as enhancements for vSphere and vCloud Director, making it the most robust orchestration platform for VMware customers, including the possibility of:

  • Automatically check in items from the VMware content library and resynchronize them periodically to keep virtual machine images and templates up to date.
  • Enable vSphere and NSX multi-tenant environments so that service providers can securely extend services to customers from a single VMware cluster.
  • Integration with the latest version of VMware vCloud Director (vCD) 10.2, including support for vCD-specific NSX objects and operations.

The latest version of Morpheus also brings Google Cloud integration to full feature parity with AWS and Azure integrations and includes support for new AWS and Azure regions. Morpheus also enabled the purchase of the platform and associated services on the AWS and Azure marketplaces; this can streamline procurement and simplify deployment for business IT managers.

Extend Kubernetes Integration to Consolidate VM and Container Management

As businesses move from VM applications to container-based applications, research shows that 62% of organizations are concerned about the lack of Kubernetes expertise within IT.

Morpheus v5.4 simplifies Kubernetes management by including a free integrated CNCF certified Kubernetes distribution that can be deployed in any cloud. Customers can also enable push-button deployment of third-party distributions from the Morpheus catalog by taking advantage of code-free integration into dozens of popular IT tools. The platform also allows IT operations teams to perform many cluster management tasks directly from the Morpheus interface without having to master command line operations through Kubectl.

Eliminate silos for infrastructure as code and configuration management

Many organizations have tried to adopt GitOps style operations, but find it difficult to operationalize technologies like Terraform and Ansible at scale due to the cost and complexity. HashiCorp and Red Hat both provide management tools for these open source projects, but they can be expensive and limited in scope.

Morpheus v5.4 provides role-based access control, task scheduling and the execution of Terraform script catalogs and Ansible playbooks, including the ability to attach phase-based automation to resources provisioned through Terraform. This eliminates the need for stand-alone tools like Terraform Enterprise and Ansible Tower, and extends the power of automation to IT users who may not be experts in the underlying scripting tools.

To learn more about how Morpheus can help your organization, request a personalized demo and cloud management assessment.

About Morpheus Data, LLC

Morpheus Data is the market leader in hybrid cloud application orchestration, serving hundreds of businesses, public sector organizations and service providers around the world.

The Morpheus software platform offers customers a customizable self-service application provisioning catalog that can span dozens of on-premises hypervisors, private clouds, and public clouds. Its personality-based feature set meets the needs of platform engineering, security, application development, and finance teams looking to modernize applications consisting of bare metal, virtual machines, containers and of platform services as a public cloud service.

With more built-in integrations and native features than any other platform, customers can standardize workflows, reduce tool proliferation, and unify processes across different teams and technologies.


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