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CloudStack Integrations: LINBIT – Open-source SDS Solution

Apache CloudStack is the leading open-source cloud orchestration platform used by many of the world’s largest public and private clouds. It is a multi-hypervisor, multi-tenant, high-availability Infrastructure as a Service cloud management platform. CloudStack is a virtualization platform that provides a cloud orchestration layer, giving automation of the creation, provisioning and configuration of IaaS components (such as virtual servers). CloudStack delivers the flexibility of open-source technology together with the power of an enterprise-grade virtualization management platform. It is integrated with a wide range of software solutions so that it can provide you with the freedom to build your own technology […]

Automating Infrastructure with CloudStack and Terraform

Apache CloudStack is one of the most commonly used IaaS platforms, orchestrating infrastructure and maximizing the benefits of cloud computing. Many large enterprises already use CloudStack with different use cases, and with ever-growing adoption, there is a need to automate these complex infrastructures and the provision of cloud deployments to: · Minimise time spent on deploying new environments · Make cloud deployments repeatable · Reduce cost · Avoid human error A popular infrastructure provisioning tool used to manage cloud configuration and deployment is Terraform. By using Apache CloudStack with Terraform, companies can easily automate their infrastructure to take advantage of […]

CloudStack 4.16 Release Announcement

What’s new in CloudStack 4.16

Apache CloudStack 4.16 is the latest release of the cloud management platform from the Apache Software Foundation and is a result of months of work from the development community. 4.16 is an LTS (Long Term Support) release so will be maintained for a period of 18 months after release.  As always, the release contains a myriad of small improvements and bug fixes but here we focus on the major new functionality of the release.  New CloudStack Integrations  Two new major storage integrations are shipped with 4.16.  CloudStack and Dell PowerFlex Integration A plugin for Dell PowerFlex (previously ScaleIO ) allows […]

The C-level Perspective on Running Open-Source Cloud with Ceph and CloudStack - Blog

The C-level Perspective on Running Open-Source Cloud with Ceph and CloudStack

The cloud and hosting market has experienced a complete transformation during the last decade. While previously there was a range of mid-sized local cloud providers dominating the market in each country, many providers were acquired by VC’s, larger providers, telcos and third-party enterprises in the last ten years. It is getting harder and harder for individual cloud providers to survive in the battle with competition and the hyperscalers. However, these companies can offer unique and tailor-made solutions, which can better match their customers’ needs. The technology stack behind these services is one of their most significant advantages. Having better, faster […]

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Rocky Linux and openSUSE Support in CloudStack

In December 2020, Red Hat announced major changes to the roadmap of its CentOS distribution, including the early end of life of CentOS 8 in December 2021. Due to this sudden and unexpected change, new Linux distributions have been developed as possible alternatives to CentOS, which are binary-compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (RHEL8). One such distribution is Rocky Linux (named as a tribute to early CentOS co-founder Rocky McGaugh).   Rocky Linux Support in CloudStack Led by Gregory Kurtzer, founder of the CentOS project, Rocky Linux is a community-supported, production-grade enterprise operating system designed to be 100% compatible […]

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vSphere Datastore Cluster State Synchronisation

Apache CloudStack 4.15 introduced several new capabilities for vSphere, including support for datastore clusters. Following production use of the new features and feedback from users, an opportunity for improvement was noticed. If a storage pool is added or removed from the datastore cluster in vCenter, to see those changes in CloudStack it is necessary to remove and re-add the primary storage. An improvement to this behaviour ensures that these changes made in vCenter are ‘synchronised’ with CloudStack’s database without removing and re-adding the primary storage. Datastore cluster state synchronisation is triggered in the following three scenarios: 1. New API syncStoragePool […]

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Interview: The story of XCP-ng and its CloudStack Integration

XCP-ng is a high-performance enterprise-level virtualization platform backed up by an active open-source community. Based initially on XenServer it’s the result of cooperation between individuals and companies to build a product that can deliver powerful features with open-source freedom. In this blog, we will meet  Olivier Lambert and Marc Pezin,  who will share the story of XCP-ng and how it integrates with CloudStack to deliver a turnkey solution for cloud, managed service providers and data centers. Olivier Lambert is the creator of Xen Orchestra and XCP-ng projects, also a Vates Co-Founder. He is focused on building a coherent, turnkey and […]

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Storage Plugin for Dell EMC PowerFlex | CloudStack Feature First Look

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. This feature provides a new storage plugin that enables the use of a Dell EMC PowerFlex v3.5 storage pool as a managed Primary Storage for KVM hypervisor, either as a zone-wide or cluster-wide pool. This pool can be added either from the UI or API. […]

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VMware Migration Improvements | CloudStack Feature First Look

Migration of virtual machines between physical hosts or clusters is essential for cloud operators, allowing them to perform maintenance with little or no downtime, or balance compute and storage resources when necessary. CloudStack supports both live and cold migration (if supported by the hypervisor), and most hypervisors allow VM and volume migration in some form or another. VMware vMotion provides both live and cold migration of VM and volumes. By leveraging vMotion with the APIs migrateVirtualMachine, migrateVirtualMachineWithVolume, migrateSystemVm and migrateVolume, migration of user and system VMs and their volume(s) can be performed easily in CloudStack. However, until now CloudStack had […]

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Debian replaces CoreOS as CKS template | CloudStack Feature First Look

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 it can also be used by CKS instead of CoreOS. Before coming to this decision, we considered other operating systems, such as FlatCar Linux, Alpine Linux and Debian, and based our decision on the following parameters:   FlatCar Linux Alpine Linux Debian Brief Description Drop-in […]