Recovery of VMs to new CloudStack instance

We recently came across a very unusual issue where a client had a major security breach on their network. As well as lots of other damage their CloudStack infrastructure was maliciously damaged beyond recovery. Luckily the hackers hadn’t manage to damage the backend XenServer hypervisors so they were quite happily still running user VMs and Virtual Routers, […]

CloudStack European User Group roundup – November 2015

An intimate feel at yesterday’s European User Group only seemed to encourage discussion, and despite slightly lower numbers than usual we managed to run a little late! Hosted by our friends at Trend Micro here in London, we started with lunch, and once everyone had eaten it was down to business. Giles Sirett (chairman of […]

System VM Upgrades

Recently we’ve seen a few clients being tripped up by the System VM upgrades during the CloudStack upgrades in multi-zone deployments. The issue occurs when the System VM is pre-deployed individually to multiple zones, rather than being a single template deployed to multiple zones. This may be done in error or because the specific version […]

Teamsun choose CloudStack to deliver private & hybrid cloud offerings

London, Beijing. 22 April 2015 Teamsun (SHA: 600410), China’s leading integrated IT Service Provider, and ShapeBlue, The Cloudstack Company, today announced a new strategic partnership to develop private & hybrid enterprise cloud offerings for the Chinese market, based on Apache CloudStack technology. Teamsun is headquartered in Beijing with more 5,000 staff and more 20 holding […]

University of São Paulo move to open source Apache CloudStack to power Latin Americas largest educational cloud

Rio de Janeiro, 21 April 2015 ShapeBlue, The Cloudstack  Company, today announced  that they  have been selected  to help The University of São Paulo to rapidly scale and enhance   their massive “Cloud USP” private cloud by migrating it to Apache Cloudstack open source technology. The project will also involve developing an additional feature set for  the […]

CloudStack Primary Storage

Paul Angus, Cloud Architect at ShapeBlue takes an interesting look at how to separate Cloudstack’s management traffic from its primary storage traffic. I recently  looked at physical networking in a CloudStack environment and alluded to the fact that you cannot separate primary storage traffic from management traffic from CloudStack, but that it is still possible. […]

CloudStack European User Group Roundup – February 2015

Once again Trend Micro played host to the CloudStack European user group. And this quarter with Giles Sirett ‘working’ at CloudStack Day – Brazil, Geoff Higginbottom CTO of ShapeBlue took to the stage to compare the event. The News As is customary at the user group, we kicked off with a roundup of news in […]

How to Deploy High Availability CloudStack with MariaDB Galera Cluster

As a cloud infrastructure scales to hundreds or thousands of servers, high availability becomes a key requirement of the production environments supporting multiple applications and services. Since the management servers use a MySQL database to store the state of all its objects, the database could become a single point of failure. The CloudStack manual recommends […]

Shapeblue Security Advisory for CVE-2015-0235, aka the Ghost vulnerability

Overview A vulnerability has been recently disclosed by Qualys that could result in a remote attacker being able to execute malicious instructions on vulnerable systems. The vulnerability affects Linux based operating systems. This is better known as GHOST ‘glibc’ vulnerability (CVE-2015-0235): https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-0235 What is ShapeBlue Doing ShapeBlue has analysed the impact of this issue on Apache CloudStack (ACS).  The […]

XenServer Native HA with CloudStack

Update – Following community feedback, Timeout Settings have now been added to the script Update – The HA settings in this post also apply to XenServer 6.5.0 onwards Warning: If you have applied Hotfix XS62ESP1004 to your XenServer 6.2 infrastructure and have not enabled Pool HA, in the event of your Pool Master going down, […]