Networking KVM for CloudStack – a 2018 revisit for CentOS7 and Ubuntu 18.04

Introduction We published the original blog post on KVM networking in 2016 – but in the meantime we have moved on a generation in CentOS and Ubuntu operating systems, and some of the original information is therefore out of date. In this revisit of the original blog post we cover new configuration options for CentOS 7.x […]

Secure Live KVM VM Migration with CloudStack 4.11.1

Introduction CloudStack 4.11.1 introduces a new security enhancement on top of the new CA framework to secure live KVM VM migrations. This feature allows live migration of guest VMs across KVM hosts using secured TLS enabled libvirtd process. Without this feature, the live migration of guest VMs across KVM hosts would use an unsecured TCP connection, which is prone […]

Software based agent LB for CloudStack

Introduction Last year we implemented a new CA Framework on CloudStack 4.11 to make communications between CloudStack management servers it’s hypervisor agents more secure. As part of that work, we introduced the ability for CloudStack agents to connect to multiple management servers, avoiding the usage of an external load balancer. We’ve now extended the CA Framework by […]

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 […]

How to deploy templates without using secondary storage on KVM

Introduction ShapeBlue have been working on a new feature for Apache Cloudstack 4.11.1 that will allow users to bypass secondary storage with KVM. The feature introduces a new way to use templates and ISOs, allowing administrators to use them without being cached on secondary storage. Using this approach Cloudstack administrators will not have to worry […]

CloudStack and the new XenServer licensing model

Citrix have announced that as of XenServer 7.3, the free version (including the ‘opensource’ version packaged by Citrix) will no longer have feature parity with the paid-for Standard version. Of the features which are restricted in the free version, a maximum pool size of 3 hosts and the removal of Xen Storage Motion are going to make the use of free XenServer to run production clouds pretty much untenable.

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 […]

What’s new in CloudStack 4.11?

Version 4.11 of Apache CloudStack has been released with some exciting new features and a long list of improvements and fixes. It includes more than 400 commits, 220 pull requests, and fixes more than 250 issues.  This version has been worked on for 8 months and is the first release of the 4.11 LTS releases, […]

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 […]

Layer 2 Networks in CloudStack

Layer 2 (also known as the Data Link Layer) is the second in the seven-layer OSI reference model for network protocol design, and is equivalent to the link layer (the lowest layer) in the TCP/IP network model. Layer 2 is the network layer used to transfer data between adjacent network nodes in a wide area […]