CloudStack Feature First Look: Boot into Hardware Setup

Users and administrators sometimes need to change the boot order of a virtual machine (VM) so that they can (for example) force a VM to boot from an ISO. However, sometimes the proxied console session does not appear until after the opportunity to enter the BIOS menu has passed. This feature allows an admin to […]

CloudStack Feature first look: Human readable byte sizes

CloudStack puts together many technologies to make managing large datacentres and its resources easy and efficient, but with many complex systems, it is not always evident what goes on behind the scenes. CloudStack has a verbose logging system built in that you can reference if you want to know what’s happening under the hood. This […]

CloudStack Feature First Look: noVNC Console Integration

There are a plethora of ways to connect to a remote system, from command-line based protocols like SSH, to graphical user interfaces such as RDP. One of the simplest ways to connect to the GUI of a remote system is via VNC (Virtual Network Computing), which transmits keyboard and mouse events from one computer to […]

CloudStack Feature First Look: Send hypervisor host name via metadata

This feature allows admins to expose the hypervisor host name to a User VM instance either through Config Drive or Virtual Router, based on the user data provider chosen for the network offering on which the VM instance is deployed. To expose this information, the new Global configuration “global.allow.expose.host.hostname“ and the new Account scope configuration […]

CloudStack Kubernetes Service

For a while, the CloudStack community has been working on adding support for containers. ShapeBlue successfully implemented the CloudStack Container Service and donated it to the project in 2016, but it was not completely integrated into the codebase. However, with the recent CloudStack 4.14 LTS release, the CloudStack Kubernetes Service (CKS) plugin adds full Kubernetes […]

CloudStack Feature First Look: Enable unmanaging of guest instances

This feature allows CloudStack administrators to unmanage guest virtual machines (VMs) from their CloudStack infrastructure. Once unmanaged, CloudStack can no longer monitor, control, or manage provisioning and orchestration related operations on it. This feature is currently supported only on VMware. An interesting use case of this feature (when used in conjunction with the VM ingestion […]

Hands-on

Why Alex Mattioli, former Director of Architecture for a global telecoms giant, chose to join ShapeBlue Hello, I’m Alexandre Mattioli – a Cloud Architect at ShapeBlue. After a few months working here I’d like to share some views. Originally from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, I moved to Europe in my mid-twenties in order to pursue […]

CloudStack Feature First Look: KVM Rolling Maintenance

In a typical scenario prior to this feature, the administrator had to automate the process of setting hosts in maintenance before upgrading, usually using external automation tools. This feature allows administrators to perform the entire process within CloudStack, providing a flexible framework that allows defining custom scripts to execute on each host. CloudStack executes these scripts […]

CloudStack Feature First Look: Enable PVLAN support on L2 networks

Private VLANs have always been partially supported in CloudStack (for shared networks only), in versions prior to 4.14. Administrators could set up Isolated or Promiscuous PVLANs by creating their shared networks in which: Primary VLAN ID = secondary VLAN ID, for Promiscuous PVLANs Primary VLAN ID != secondary VLAN ID, for Isolated PVLANs CloudStack 4.14 […]

CloudStack Feature First Look: Direct Download agnostic of the storage provider

Introduction In a previous post, ShapeBlue’s Boris Stoyanov introduced a feature for KVM which allows administrators to register templates and ISOs without needing secondary storage as an intermediate cache. This feature is known as Direct Download in CloudStack. Without an intermediate cache, the templates and ISOs direct download registration process differs from the usual process, […]