Adaptive Affinity Groups l CloudStack Feature First Look

In Apache CloudStack, Host Affinity and Host Anti-Affinity refer to the ability to deterministically ensure that a set of Instances run on the same or diverse hypervisor hosts in order to meet specific workload needs. How Affinity Groups Worked Previously Before Apache CloudStack 4.18 there were two types of Affinity Groups: Host Affinity and Host […]

Secure KVM VNC Connections l CloudStack Feature First Look

Introduction In a previous blog post (https://www.shapeblue.com/api-driven-console-access/) we described the latest improvements around VNC console access in CloudStack 4.18. These improvements included switching it to an API-driven approach, and introduced a way to secure WebSocket traffic between the CPVM and end-users, whilst the traffic between the CPVM and hosts remained decrypted. This blog post explains […]

API-driven Console Access l CloudStack Feature First Look

Introduction: The Apache CloudStack Console Proxy (CPVM) is a type of system virtual machine that presents an Instance’s console view via the web UI (connecting to the VNC port made available through the hypervisor). Both the admin and end-user web UIs offer a console connection. To provide access to the Instances console service, the CPVM […]

CloudStack Managed User Data l CloudStack Feature First Look

Introduction When launching a new Instance on Apache CloudStack, users can set a UserData script to be executed by cloud-init during the boot process. The ‘CloudStack Managed UserData’ feature extends this functionality allowing one to automate the installation of packages, update the instance’s OS, and configure applications during instance deployment. Introduced in Apache CloudStack 4.18, […]

What’s New in Apache CloudStack 4.18

Apache CloudStack 4.18 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. Apache CloudStack 4.18 is an LTS (Long Term Support) release so will be maintained for a period of 18 months after release. As always, the release […]

System VM and Virtual Router Zero Downtime Upgrade l CloudStack Feature First Look

Introduction Apache CloudStack has always been easier to upgrade than many of its competitors, but a common pain point is that when a new release of Apache CloudStack is deployed, the operations team must organize maintenance windows to allow the redeployment of every customer’s VR. Depending on the number of existing networks, planning and execution […]

IPv6 Support for Isolated and VPC Networks l CloudStack Feature First Look

The IPv6 protocol is a much-needed next step in the world of the Internet and networking in general. With the depletion of publicly routable IPv4 addresses, most providers will need to switch to IPv6, which not only provides a much bigger address space but also offers many other advantages over IPv4, such as improved security, […]

Flexible Service Offerings l CloudStack Feature First Look

Introduction Apache CloudStack Service Offerings are sets of capabilities that a CloudStack admin makes available to users, defining Instance, Volume and Network specifications to be consumed by users when creating their resources. Previously, when users deployed a new Instance, the Root Volume definition was included in the Compute Offering, including disk size, IOPS and storage […]

Structured System Events l CloudStack Feature First Look

The events notification framework is a key component of Apache CloudStack, facilitating traceability of operations, and enabling cloud operators to automate tasks which may otherwise require admin intervention at regular intervals. Though quite useful, events in CloudStack had a major inconsistency regarding information of the resource (ie. Instances, Templates, Volumes, Networks, Accounts, etc.). To identify […]

New Server Status and Metric Views l CloudStack Feature First Look

Overview In CloudStack 4.17 a brief overview of the status of various services can be retrieved. This includes information on the Management Server(s), the Database and the Usage server. This is a quick overview for operators. It does not replace a full-fletched monitoring system. Use Case It is now possible, within the Apache CloudStack, to […]

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