ShapeBlue Has Become an Employee-Owned Business

Today we announcе that ShapeBlue is now a 100% employee-owned business: owned by all of its employees, for the benefit of all of those employees. I will continue as full-time CEO, and am excited to do so, but am no longer a shareholder in the business. The business is now legally owned by a trust that has been set up to act in the best interests of all ShapeBlue staff. In this article, I want to explain the rationale for this decision and how I think it will help ShapeBlue continue to develop and protect our ongoing mission.   Building […]

Press Release: ShapeBlue, the CloudStack company, has become an Employee Owned Business

LONDON, Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ShapeBlue, the CloudStack company, today announced that it has become a 100% employee-owned business: owned by all of its employees for the benefit of all of those employees. 100% of the shareholding of the company is now held by an Employee-Owned Trust (EOT) for the benefit of its staff, whilst the existing leadership team remains in place with no planned changes to the company’s strategy. The company, with offices in London, Bangalore, Cape Town and Sao Paulo, are the largest independent integrator of CloudStack technologies globally. The move to employee ownership was chosen as […]

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Google Summer of Code – Meet the Mentors

16,000+ students, 111 countries, 16 years and 715 open-source organizations – this is Google Summer of Code! ShapeBlue and the CloudStack Community are happy to be part of this global program focused on bringing students into open-source software development and helping them learn new skills. About Google Summer of Code Google Summer of Code (GSoC) started back in 2005. The program pairs students with mentors from participating open-source organizations, allowing students to face the real world of software development and coding. This also gives them the opportunity to learn new technologies, improve their skills and learn from the best developers […]

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Datacenter Services choose Apache CloudStack to deliver enterprise grade public IaaS cloud

Part of the CSN Group, DATACENTER Services believes that IT parties do not want to invest in IT Infrastructure. It is too expensive in terms of cash and knowledge. Therefore they offer ‘low level’ IT services: CompanyCloud IaaS CompanyCloud On-line backup tooling and storage Company-Box, the secure alternative for DropBox All of them are white labelled and true pay-per-use. Customers are IT Service providers, Independent Software Vendors and IT departments of larger Companies. Business situation DATACENTER Services set about choosing an orchestration platform to underpin their public IaaS offering, as Cees Doets (Director) explained “We needed an IaaS platform that […]

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

ShapeBlue, The Cloudstack  Company,  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 USP cloud environment. This follows a public tender process that ShapeBlue successfully won. The University of São Paulo (USP) is Latin America’s largest university, produces more doctorate degrees annually than any other university in the world and ranks fifth in the number of scientific articles published. USP  is one of the […]

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ShapeBlue SA extends distribution agreement with NetApp

ShapeBlue SA are pleased to announce the extension of their distribution partner agreement for NetApp in South Africa, building out a successful relationship that started in 2014. ‘ShapeBlue has built a strong partnership with NetApp in this region. Expanding our capabilities to represent the full NetApp portfolio presents a strategic opportunity for us and our partners.’ Says Dan Crowe, Managing Director, ShapeBlue SA. ‘NetApp’s vision, depth of solutions and cloud-centric approach continues to differentiate them. We are seeing a fantastic response, in particular to the Cloud Infrastructure portfolio with HCI and the Cloud Data Services portfolio.’ ShapeBlue, as expert builders […]

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CloudStack and the new XenServer licensing model

Citrix have announced that as of XenServer 7.3, the free version (including the ‘opensource’ version packaged by Citrix) will no longer have feature parity with the paid-for Standard version. Of the features which are restricted in the free version, a maximum pool size of 3 hosts and the removal of Xen Storage Motion are going to make the use of free XenServer to run production clouds pretty much untenable.

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At Africacom with Netapp Solidfire | Case Studies

ShapeBlue recently attended the AfricaCom show in Cape Town, South Africa.  We had an excellent opportunity to catch up with a number of our clients and partners and listened to a number of storage challenges being faced by the industry.  We captured some of these thoughts, and also got some updates from our partner NetApp SolidFire in this short video.

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Apache CloudStack 4.9.2 LTS (Long Term Support)

ShapeBlue are delighted to confirm that the latest version of CloudStack is now on our support matrix as a fully supported and recommended version for our customers. We have worked extensively with the CloudStack community on quality control and testing, and this release contains more than 80 bug-fixes and improvements on the CloudStack 4.9 release. We have also introduced better QA automation, testing and code reviewing. As well as these improvements, some major new functionality has been introduced, including support for XenServer 7, VMWare vSphere 6.0 and 6.5. Already in the 4.9 release is Out-Of-Band power management for hosts and […]

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ShapeBlue contributes native support for Kubernetes and Docker to Apache CloudStack

Offers seamless Container-as-a-Service without disruption to user experience or business process Sevilla, Spain — 17 November 2016 — ShapeBlue, the largest independent integrator of CloudStack technologies worldwide, today announced at ApacheCon Europe that it will be donating its CloudStack Container Service software to the Apache CloudStack project. The technology integrates CloudStack with Kubernetes and Docker to provide a seamless Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) offering within existing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environments with no disruption to user experience or business process. “We are really excited to be handing over the code and IP of CloudStack Container Service to the CloudStack project as part of our […]