Entries by Giles

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Securing CloudStack 4.11 with HTTPS/TLS

Apache CloudStack is generally considered secure out of the box, however it does have the capability of protecting both system VM traffic as well as management traffic with TLS certificates. Prior to version 4.11 CloudStack used Tomcat as the web server and servlet container. With 4.11 this has been changed to embedded Jetty web server […]

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ShapeBlue SA extends distribution agreement with NetApp

ShapeBlue SA are pleased to announce the extension of their distribution partner agreement for NetApp in South Africa, building out a successful relationship that started in 2014. ‘ShapeBlue has built a strong partnership with NetApp in this region. Expanding our capabilities to represent the full NetApp portfolio presents a strategic opportunity for us and our […]

ShapeBlue Security Advisory – Spectre and Meltdown patches in CloudStack 4.9 and 4.11

Overview At the beginning of 2018 a number of vulnerabilities were discovered which allow malicious user space processes to read kernel memory and malicious code in VM guests to read hypervisor memory. These vulnerabilities affect most CPU manufacturers – Intel, AMD, ARM, MIPS, etc. The vulnerabilities were nicknamed “Spectre” and “Meltdown” and are outlined in […]

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Working towards CloudStack zero downtime upgrades

As most people know, Apache CloudStack has gained a reputation as a solid, low maintenance dependable cloud orchestration platform. That’s why in last year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant so many leaders and challengers were organisations underpinning their services with Apache CloudStack. However, version upgrades – whilst being much simpler than many competing technologies – have always been […]

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OIS and ShapeBlue Announce Apache® CloudStack® v4.11 To Power CloudSchool Platform

Enables rapid development of cost-effective, scalable Cloud-based educational solutions Education IT specialist Oakford Internet Services (OIS) announced today that the latest version of their highly successful and acclaimed CloudSchool platform will be based on the latest edition of Apache® CloudStack®. “Within the UK education sector, budgets are always decreasing whilst the demand on the schools […]

CloudStack usage service deep dive

Introduction CloudStack usage is a complimentary service which tracks end user consumption of CloudStack resources and summarises this in a separate database for reporting or billing. The usage database can be queried directly, through the CloudStack API, or it can be integrated into external billing or reporting systems. For background information on the usage service […]