Cloudify Review

TOSCA allows modeling the application, not the automation, but event monitoring needs work


What is our primary use case?

Our use case is top-level orchestration: Orchestration of applications made up of different technologies, by subcontracting work to underlying orchestrators which are more technology-specific, like IaaS, DBaaS, Kubernetes or home-grown solutions.

What is most valuable?

The TOSCA model. It allows modeling the application rather than the automation. It is a machine-readable representation of the application and its infrastructure, which can be used for other things too, not just for the orchestration (e.g. enterprise architecture big picture, who connects to whom).

Cloudify also provides the infrastructure-as-code, as well as operational action capabilities (orchestrated startups or upgrades, and more).

What needs improvement?

Install of the product itself could be improved and I would like to see better event monitoring.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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