CloudStack Feature First Look: Storage plugin for Dell EMC PowerFlexTM

For primary storage, CloudStack supports many managed storage solutions via storage plugins, such as SolidFire, Ceph, Datera, CloudByte and Nexenta. There are other managed storages which CloudStack does not support, one of which is Dell EMC PowerFlex (formerly known as VxFlexOS or ScaleIO). PowerFlex is a distributed shared block storage, like Ceph / RBD storage. […]

CloudStack Feature First Look: Debian replaces CoreOS as CKS template

The CloudStack Kubernetes Services (CKS) uses CoreOS templates to deploy Kubernetes clusters. However, as CoreOS reached EOL on May 26th, 2020 we needed to find a suitable replacement meeting the requirements of resilience, security, and popularity in the community. Keeping these requirements in mind, we have chosen to modify the existing Debian-based SystemVM template so […]

CloudStack Feature First Look: CloudStack Kubernetes Service – Cluster Auto-scaling

Since the addition of CloudStack Kubernetes Service, users can deploy and manage Kubernetes clusters in CloudStack. This not only makes CloudStack a more versatile and multifaceted application, but also reduces the gap between virtualization and containerization. As with any step in the right direction, it came with a few challenges, and one of them was […]

CloudStack Feature Deep Dive: vSphere Advanced Capabilities in CloudStack

Introduction CloudStack vSphere integration has not kept up with the evolution of vSphere itself, and several functions can be performed natively by vSphere much more efficiently than by CloudStack. vSphere also has additional features which would be beneficial to the operators of vSphere based CloudStack clouds. This feature introduces support in CloudStack for VMFS6, vSAN, […]

CloudStack Deep Dive: Support Virtual Appliance OVA Templates in VMware

Vendors of virtual appliances (vApp) for VMware often produce ‘templates’ of their appliances in an OVA format. An OVA file will contain disc images, configuration data of the virtual appliance, and sometimes a EULA which must be acknowledged. The purpose of this feature is to enable CloudStack to mimic the end-user experience of importing such […]

CloudStack Feature First Look: Role Based Users in Projects

Projects have proven to be a boon in organizing and grouping accounts and resources together, giving users in the same domain the ability to collaborate and share resources such as VMs, snapshots, volumes and IP addresses. However, there is a limitation. Only accounts can be added as members to projects, which can be an issue […]

CloudStack Feature First Look: Dynamic Roles Utility

CloudStack has more than 600 APIs which can be allowed / disallowed in different combinations to create dynamic roles for the users. The aim of this feature is more effective use and management of these dynamic roles, allowing CloudStack users and operators to: Import and export roles (rule definitions) for the purpose of sharing. Create […]

Back in the community

Hello all, I’m Harikrishna, and I’m based in Hyderabad, India. I joined ShapeBlue few months ago and I’m very happy to be part of this amazing team. I started my career with CloudStack as a fresher when it was just incubating to Apache from version 3.x to 4.0, and it was very exciting to be […]

Choose Open-Source!

Hi, my name is Vladimir Petrov and I am a Software Test Engineer at ShapeBlue. I started 10 months ago and have now been here long enough to share my ‘first impressions’ with you. Let me start with some background. I have been involved with computers since I was 10 years old, and I started […]

CloudStack Feature First Look: Share ISO from UI

CloudStack supports sharing templates and ISOs between accounts and projects through the API ‘updateTemplatePermissions’ and sharing templates through the UI. However, prior to version 4.15, it was not possible to share ISOs from the UI. This feature introduces support for sharing ISOs through different accounts and / or projects via the UI. With this feature, […]