Apache CloudStack®

apache_cloudstack_with_cloud_monkeyApache CloudStack™ is the leading opensource cloud orchestration platform, in use by many of the worlds largest public and private clouds. The project was created after Citrix’s donation of the CloudStack® project to The Apache Foundation.  Citrix now have only a very limited involvement in the ongoing development

CloudStack® is currently an identical codebase to Citrix’s commercial CloudPlatform offering and provides an identical feature set.

About Apache CloudStack™

CloudStack® is a multi-hypervisor, multi-tenant, high-availability Infrastructure as a Service cloud management platform. CloudStack® is software that provides a cloud Orchestration layer; giving automation of the creation, provisioning and configuration of IaaS components (such as virtual servers) . Cloudstack® turns an existing virtual infrastructure into a cloud-based infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform. The fact CloudStack® leverages existing infrastructure means that the cost and time for an organisation to build a multi-tenant IaaS platform is greatly reduced.

So, rather than your technical engineering team having to manually configure servers for customers, they can be created automatically based on a online customer purchase or an internal request. This allows IT Service Providers and enterprise IT infrastructure teams to deliver true IaaS solutions.

Platform independent

CloudStack® is hypervisor agnostic, supporting VMware, Oracle VM, KVM, XenServer and Xen Cloud Platform. This gives CloudStack® a unique position in the market : it is not proprietary technology and is not tied to any specific infrastructure.

Business Automation

Cloudstack® can also orchestrate the non-technical elements of service delivery such as billing and metering. It presents a range of API’s, allowing it to be integrated with any other platforms.

Use-Cases

Apache CloudStack™ can be used to create scalable:

• Hosted public clouds
• Hosted private clouds
• On-premise private clouds

Apache CloudStack is currently an identical technology to Citrix CloudPlatform. .

The main advantage is that the product does not incur any licensing costs and users are able to develop features directly in the project.

ShapeBlue and CloudStack®

ShapeBlue are a centre of excellence in the design, implementation and  support of cloud platforms using Apache CloudStack™ . We have been involved in the CloudStack® project since before it’s donation to Apache and remain at the forefront of developments in the platform. We have numerous project committers in our company.

ShapeBlue combine deep skills in Apache CloudStack™ with extensive skills and experience in building clouds utilising a range of storage, network, compute and hypervisor technologies.