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: 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 & Ceph day, Thursday, October 24 2019 – roundup

On Thursday, October 24 2019 the CloudStack community joined up with the Ceph community for a combined event in London, and it was another super day! The meetup took place at Student Central (formerly University of London Union) on a crisp London day, and registration started early with people enjoying coffee and pastries whilst greeting […]

Openvswitch with DPDK support on CloudStack – Part 2

Introduction In my previous post, I described the new ‘Open vSwitch with DPDK support’ on CloudStack for KVM hosts. There, I focused on describing the feature, as it was new to CloudStack, and also explained the necessary configuration on the KVM agents’ side to enable DPDK support. DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit) (https://www.dpdk.org/) is a […]

Troubleshooting CloudStack Virtual Routers

Cloudstack’s multi-tenant virtualised networking model is one of its strongest features. Abstracting complex networking concepts and allowing simple UI/API configuration of networks is something loved by users of Cloudstack clouds. But, as an operator/administrator of a Cloudstack cloud you’ll almost certainly have had to troubleshoot network  problems  – and that means troubleshooting CloudStack’s Virtual Routers […]

European Cloud Infrastructure and CloudStack User Day Roundup

Blog by Ivet Petrova, StorPool. On June 13th, StorPool had the honour and privilege to host and organize the European Cloud Infrastructure and CloudStack User Group together with its partner ShapeBlue. The event was a get together of the local IT infrastructure experts and CloudStack users. Main focus were talks presenting best practices and useful information […]

CloudStack European User Group roundup – London, December 2018

There was a definite feel of Christmas in the air in London as we made our way to last Thursday’s (December 13) winter meetup of the Cloudstack European User Group (CSEUG), and that only increased as we arrived at the BT Centre near St. Paul’s and saw the big Christmas tree in reception! A great […]

Openvswitch with DPDK support on CloudStack

Introduction This blog describes a new feature to be introduced in the CloudStack 4.12 release (already in the current master branch of the CloudStack repository). This feature will provide support for the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) in conjunction with Open vSwitch (OVS) for guest VMs and is targeted at the KVM hypervisor. The Data […]

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 […]

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 […]