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OIS and ShapeBlue Announce Apache® CloudStack® v4.11 To Power CloudSchool Platform

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Enables rapid development of cost-effective, scalable Cloud-based educational solutions

Education IT specialist Oakford Internet Services (OIS) announced today that the latest version of their highly successful and acclaimed CloudSchool platform will be based on the latest edition of Apache® CloudStack®.

Within the UK education sector, budgets are always decreasing whilst the demand on the schools IT infrastructure and supporting applications are increasing,” said Peregrine Sharples, Managing Director of OIS. “The traditional onsite IT infrastructure model simply does not scale alongside these shrinking budgets.

To combat this challenge Oakford launched its CloudSchool solution in 2011 that allows educational establishments across the UK to host their IT infrastructure offsite in secure, ISO27001 certified, data centers. The schools benefit from economy of scale, eliminating the high capital costs and overheads of hosting their equipment onsite. This transformation to a cloud model grants them access to a predictable monthly/annual operating cost model coupled with enterprise IT features that would have been previously out of reach. This solution is then supported centrally by Oakford’s professional support team.

Working with ShapeBlue, the CloudStack company, to help finalise the design, all existing CloudSchool customers as well as new installations will be migrated to this new platform once final testing has been completed. Apache CloudStack was selected after an intensive R&D exercise against other cloud management platforms, both Open Source and commercial. Apache CloudStack stood out in part due to its rich feature set but also its simplicity in design and ease of deployment. Oakford required a product that would allow it to hit the ground running without the overhead of an overly complex solution.

We are delighted that OIS have chosen Apache CloudStack for their CloudSchool platform,” said Giles Sirett, CEO of ShapeBlue. “v4.11 is the latest release of CloudStack and brings a range of new features, many focussed at cloud service providers such as OIS . Their selection of Apache Cloudstack 4.11 is an endorsement of the fact that Cloudstack remains the most stable, easily deployable and scalable IaaS platform available.”

This exciting development will allow us to onboard customers much more quickly than before with the knowledge that the system scales as we need it to,” added Sharples. “This zero capital and support cost solution has proven popular with schools of all sizes and this development allows us to scale even further.

About ShapeBlue
ShapeBlue are the largest independent integrator of Apache CloudStack technologies globally and are specialists in the design and implementation of IaaS cloud infrastructures for both private and public cloud implementations. Services include IaaS cloud design, software engineering, CloudStack consulting, and training. The company has a global customer base with offices in London (UK), Mountain View (CA), Bangalore (India), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Cape Town (South Africa). For more information, visit https://www.shapeblue.com/ .

About Oakford Internet Services
OIS is the infrastructure and network arm of the highly acclaimed Oakford Technology who provide IT support, consultancy and development to education and commercial customers across the UK. OIS maintains a highly available and scalable network and server infrastructure across three data centres in the UK managed by central teams based in Devizes, Wiltshire. For more information, visit https://oakfordis.com/ .

“Apache”, “CloudStack”, and “Apache CloudStack” are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries.

Oakford Internet Services:
Rhiannon Higgs
+44 (0) 3302 230 230
RHiggs@oakfordis.com

ShapeBlue:
Media Office
+44 (0) 20 3603 0540
info@shapeblue.com

Telia Latvia use Apache CloudStack to accelerate move to Next Generation Telco

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Telia Latvia was founded in 1992 as a telecommunications company with a focus on data communications and internet services. In 2009 they established one of the most modern data centres in the Baltics and in 2013 introduced new generation cloud and CDN services. They now deliver best-in-class cloud and telecommunication services to customers in the Baltics and beyond.

Headquartered in Riga, they are part of the Telia Company group, which is the largest Nordic and Baltic fixed-voice, broadband, and mobile operator by revenue and customer base. Telia Company operates Europe’s largest and fastest-growing wholesale IP backbone and is the 10th-largest global mobile group by consolidated customers.

Exploring cloud as a new set of B2B services

Telia Latvia was initially a pure telecommunications and infrastructure company focused on the Latvian enterprise market. Having received inquiries from customers interested in IaaS services and virtualization, they decided to explore cloud as a new set of B2B services.

In 2013, the company set out to build an IaaS/virtual datacentre as both a service for their customers and also as a basis for their own internal infrastructure requirements.

Implementing a cloud orchestration tool using Apache CloudStack

Telia Latvia made the decision to implement a cloud orchestration platform. This needed to adhere to their core philosophy – any new service launched must be available to customers via a fully featured self-service portal and any back-end process should be automated to limit human interaction, thereby resulting in the delivery of a speedy service and superior user experience.

The company initially chose a proprietary distribution of CloudStack as the orchestration tool. In early 2016 they approached ShapeBlue to help them migrate to fully open-source Apache CloudStack in order to give them the ability to access the newest features,  easily customize and interact with the CloudStack community.

Decreasing time-to-market for new services through more agile development

Telia Latvia now runs both public workloads for customers but their cloud is also used for their own internal workloads and services such as cloud-based surveillance, virtual desktops, backup and storage as a service.

Martins Paurs, CCO of  Telia Latvia explained: “The creation of new services has become much faster. Now we are very flexible and quick to innovate alone or together with our customers. This new capability allows us to be not just a supplier or vendor, but a partner, whom our customers can trust and find the right solution, whatever the problem is.”

Adding customer value

“CloudStack enabled us to add value to our customers by offering cloud and VDC services on top of our networks.” continues Paurs. “Now we are a telecommunications AND a cloud provider, thus we have all the tools, resources and competencies to deliver the full value chain of IT and telco services to any enterprise customer”.

“One of our biggest challenges during the process was to change the mind-set and introduce cloud as a business model in our daily activities. Cloud means no commitment, pay as you use, almost unlimited flexibility – basically all that a standard telco company does not deliver” says Paurs.

Opensource benefits backed by professional support services

Whilst wanting the benefits that a true opensource platform brings, Telia Latvia also needed to ensure that they had reliable, SLA based support of the platform. On this, Paurs said “we were extremely impressed by the team at ShapeBlue. Not only do they have very deep technical knowledge of Cloudstack, which they have gained through being active contributors to the project, they also have a wide range of practical experience and best-practice  to offer us through their relationships with many similar telco companies. We were so impressed by their assistance in our migration that they were the logical choice to provide support for our environment through their CloudStack Infrastructure Support service. We have, again, been  highly impressed and look forward to partnering with Shapeblue long into the future”.

Changing organisation mindset

On the other benefits of Telia Latvia’s deployment of Cloudstack, Paurs commented: “CloudStack is one of the most important success factors for Telia Latvia. It not only helped to develop new services and gain access to new revenue streams in an ever declining telco segment, but most importantly it helped change the organisation’s own mindset. Introducing new values in our daily work and interactions with customers, we have become much more productive and agile. Telia Latvia is a new generation telco, this is in a large part thanks to CloudStack.”

In summary, Martins concluded “CloudStack is one of the most important success factors for Telia Latvia. It not only helped to develop new services and gain access to new revenue streams in an ever declining telco segment, but most importantly it helped change the organisation’s own mindset.”

 

To learn more about Apache CloudStack, please visit: http://cloudstack.apache.org

To learn more about Telia Latvia, please contact:

Ildze Magazeina Head of Marketing Telia Latvia Ildze.magazeina@telia.lv +37129433366

To learn more about ShapeBlue, please visit http://shapeblue.com

 

At Africacom with Netapp Solidfire

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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.

ShapeBlue enables the University of Sao Paulo to deliver federated cloud services

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The University of São Paulo (USP) is Latin America’s largest university and Brazil’s most prestigious academic institution. It produces more doctorate degrees annually than any other university in the world and ranks fifth in the number of scientific articles published. It is one of the world’s leading research institutions, with 100,000 students, 6,000 professors and 17,000 employees spread over 11 campuses.

In 2012, USP successfully built a private cloud environment (Cloud USP) that would help them overcome the challenges of having 150 disparate IT environments and the ever increasing demands for compute and storage in their dynamic research environment.

In 2014, USP saw the opportunity to create a federated “cloud of clouds” across all of Brazil’s leading academic institutions. The ability of these institutions to share computing resources would drive collaboration and shared research across those organisations.

Needed a platform that could rapidly scale

The first iteration of Cloud USP consolidated the University’s 150 datacentres down to 6 and brought all of its corporate, educational and research environments together into a single private cloud environment with user self-service and pooling of resources. This initial project was hugely successful and allowed the university to cut physical storage footprint by 90% (despite data growth in excess of 300%) and greatly increase their IT operational efficiency.

Cloud USP has been so successful that it has resulted in a need for the platform to rapidly scale over the next few years as Cyrano Rizzo, Office of IT at USP explained. “Cloud USP is already a massive environment, but demand from our departments’ mean that we needed to scale the compute infrastructure by 300% over the coming year. We therefore had to plan the future technology for the platform carefully and make sure that we chose something that was both proven, scalable and gave us the agility we needed to cope with future requirements.”

Moving to an open source platform

USP had used a vendor distribution of Apache CloudStack, but that presented challenges both in terms of the required features and cost-at-scale for the upcoming project. Whereas, moving to an open source platform would enable USP to quickly develop any new functionality they require. It would also provide the added advantage of allowing the University to be directly involved with the core development and maintenance of the technology. This would ultimately free them from commercially driven roadmaps and allow them to focus on what they really need for their rapidly evolving environment.

Apache CloudStack was the natural choice to meet these needs, as it was the basis for their existing vendor technology. This would mean that USP would not have undergo a steep learning curve in order to migrate as they were already actively participating in the Apache CloudStack community.

Cyrano explained, “Moving to open source is not primarily about cost for us. It is about our ability to directly contribute the features we need to the platform. CloudStack, as an Apache project, is a very mature and well governed open source community. We like very much that it is a project driven by its users and not by software vendors. A vendor driven development approach simply does not give us the agility we need.”

With the new open source infrastructure now in place, USP have been able to identify the benefits of the change, as Cyrano explained. “We are now manufacturer independent which is a major plus as we have the autonomy we want to be able to freely customise and improve the software.”

New features to allow cloud federation

The most important new features developed by ShapeBlue enhanced the security model of CloudStack to allow USP to provide a seamless user experience for users across different institutions. This means that users can provision infrastructure resources in the cloud environments of any participating organisation. As these features have been contributed into the open source Apache CloudStack project, it also allows new institutions to easily join this federation.

“I believe that the federation will be a great thing,” said Cyrano. “Now it’s possible to interact between autonomous private cloud computing environments without the need to authenticate again. It also enables collaborative research between different academic institutes while maintaining the researcher identity in their own university. This means the researcher needs just one identity to authenticate in any cloud environment of the universities that participate in the RNP CAFe. In the future, we will be able to transfer virtual resources such as instances, templates, disks etc from one cloud to another and integrate networks.”

Other supporting features were developed such as integrating a PaaS offering (based on open source Tsuru), the networking functionality of CloudStack was also extended for the University and a mechanism to track the financial usage of their cloud infrastructure developed.

Working with ShapeBlue

In order to realise their vision, USP decided that they needed a partner who could provide professional expertise and experience. After a public tender process, ShapeBlue were chosen.
Cyrano said. “We selected ShapeBlue to work with us on this project because we were extremely impressed with their knowledge, professionalism and their widespread experience of implementing environments like ours. There is no other company who have.”

ShapeBlue consultants were able to carry out the migration to Apache CloudStack in 3 months but were also heavily involved in a number of other important tasks as Marco Sinhoreli, Managing Consultant of ShapeBlue Brazil, explained. “We helped develop an additional feature set for the USP cloud environment. As well as greatly increasing the scale of the environment.

USP and ShapeBlue have been working on many customisations and improvements. For example, routing VPC to enable the capability of routing the tiers end-to-end as well as quota services that permits limit tenants by currency, all of them open source and authorised by Apache CloudStack.

Commenting on working with ShapeBlue, Cyrano concluded. “They are a great partner and, like me, are passionate about Apache CloudStack. I cannot stress enough the importance of the open source community and the key role that ShapeBlue play in that. They have such in depth knowledge of the product coupled with the experience of working with it in the real world. Without that we would not have been able to upgrade, what is one the largest private cloud environments in the world, so quickly.

“I would highly recommend ShapeBlue to anyone working on Apache CloudStack. Their reputation within the community is second to none and they are doing some amazing things in the cloud computing sector.”

Globo chooses CloudStack for its application development and system management platform

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Globo.com is the Internet arm of GRUPO Globo, the largest media conglomerate in Latin America, with offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

It operates the largest vertical web portals in Brazil, focussing on News (G1), Sports (globoesporte.com), Videos (Globo Videos) and Celebrities (Ego).

The company also acts as a service provider for all of the other media businesses in the group , giving strategic and technology support to them for the online elements of their operations. It has excellence on high-volume web distribution and is responsible for the highest simultaneous video streaming audiences in the country.

Business situation

Globo.com wanted to move its application development and systems management practices from a traditional model, based on stand-alone applications deployed on physical servers, into a true cloud-based framework.

As part of this process they needed to replace their existing in-house virtualisation solution (that had been used for the previous three years to manage their development and QA environments) with a modern, full-featured and scalable solution to handle cloud infrastructure in production.

The solution

Globo.com ran an internal selection process to evaluate the solutions on the market and help decide on the best platform for their needs. They started with an assessment of the available products and produced a short list of five candidates for further evaluation, including both proprietary and open source alternatives. These candidates were then invited to install a proof-of-concept solution in Globo.com’s premises, working with their technical team.

Each solution was then used as a test bed to setup and deploy two internal applications, in order to get a real-world feeling of the features, performance, stability and ease-of-use for each product. The tests also focused on how to integrate each IaaS solution with Tsuru, Globo.com’s own PaaS project. This gave them a better picture of how to reach the proposed goal of building a true cloud platform and not only a simple virtualisation layer on top of their servers.

During these tests, CloudStack demonstrated that it matched more closely the approach Globo.com wanted. The reasons for this included: significantly more case studies published demonstrating that CloudStack is production-ready, offering many network models, agnostic, open standard, has a great and mature community ensuring they will have news features developed by community. As a result Globo.com selected CloudStack, as their new cloud infrastructure solution.

Benefits

Fernando Carolo, Cloud Manager at Globo.com outlined the benefits. “First of all, we found that CloudStack is able to deliver all the functionality we require to manage our cloud infrastructure in a simple, yet comprehensive way.

“After moving to CloudStack, we redirected our internal development efforts away from the maintenance of our in-house IaaS project and towards the integration of other parts of our infrastructure with CloudStack itself. By taking advantage of the built-in extensibility mechanisms provided by CloudStack and the vibrant developer community built around it, we have already made significant progress integrating our new cloud deployment into our current operations, such as the ability to control our internal DNS servers (powered by BIND) through a plug-in under CloudStack. This plug-in has been submitted to the project and accepted for inclusion in the next CloudStack release.”

Fernando continued, “Two key points that influenced our decision to start using CloudStack were the ability to extend and adapt the product for our needs and the fact that it is an open source solution. The ability to extend and adapt it is proving to be extremely valuable to our goal of evolving our infrastructure into a full private cloud solution while taking advantage of several existing services that we already have in place, leveraging much of our previous investments in automation and configuration management.

“On the other hand, working on top of an open source solution gives us the confidence to keep evolving our operations without the risk of becoming trapped inside a single-vendor, proprietary solution. CloudStack is at the heart of our move towards a full cloud-based operation and we will not only increase our reliance on it, but also continue to invest in improving and adapting it to our needs.”

Globo.com is advised by ShapeBlue, the globally leading CloudStack integrator and services company.

 

RSAWEB Selects SolidFire to Provide First and Only Cloud Hosting and Connectivity Solutions in Africa with Guaranteed Storage Performance

With infrastructure and data center as the top technology investment priority for Africa CIOs in 2015, SolidFire’s storage platform enables businesses to increase agility and benefit from the cloud

BOULDER & CAPE TOWN, August 18, 2015ShapeBlue and SolidFire, the leader in all-flash storage systems built for the Next Generation Data Center, today announced that RSAWEB, a hosting and connectivity provider in South Africa, is the first Internet Service Provider to deploy SolidFire’s innovative all-flash scale-out storage platform on the African continent, specifically in its data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town. For the first time, companies on the African continent can easily manage resources on demand with fast, secure, scalable infrastructure that delivers guaranteed and predictable performance in the cloud and removes the barriers typically associated with the move to the cloud.

ShapeBlue played an integral role in the deployment by enabling RSAWEB to test the solution and providing local technical, commercial and operational support throughout the entire process. “At ShapeBlue, we are always assessing the market for best-fit technology for our cloud customers’ environments. Providing feature-rich, automated and competitive cloud services is vital,” said Dan Crowe, Managing Consultant at ShapeBlue South Africa. “SolidFire’s solutions are proven and trusted. In addition, by offering practical space and power-saving efficiencies and enabling us and RSAWEB to use the existing supply chain, SolidFire was the perfect fit.”

RSAWEB’s customers require an infrastructure with simple online management, resiliency and performance predictability without any maintenance or capital cost headaches. SolidFire meets these needs by offering the ability to allocate, manage and guarantee storage performance with complete data and performance availability, regardless of system condition or application activity. Leveraging SolidFire storage infrastructure, RSAWEB can now provide its customers with flexible, infinitely scalable cloud server and virtual private data centre infrastructure at an affordable price.

Unlike any other vendor, SolidFire enables RSAWEB to isolate and identify root causes of performance spikes and completely eliminate noisy neighbours issues – applications that monopolize performance and slow it down for others. Its linear scale-out architecture means RSA can scale performance and capacity independently, without downtime or disruption. SolidFire’s REST-based API allows for seamless integration with RSAWEB’s VMware-based environment and its automation capabilities eliminate the challenges of day-to-day operations.

“The recent rollout of high-speed fiber connectivity combined with customers’ needs for speed and performance have made all-flash arrays the ideal choice for storage infrastructure in Africa. SolidFire enables us to not only meet this demand, but allows us to deliver additional value through linear and modular scalability and automation,” said Allan Boyle, operations director at RSAWEB.

“Storage has historically been a barrier that prevented many companies from going to the cloud. But with SolidFire at the core of our infrastructure, we can break down this barrier and give customers the confidence they need to move more workloads to the cloud,” said Andrew Cruise, cloud engineering manager at RSAWEB. “There are no more excuses to not go to the cloud. SolidFire’s automation, performance, scalability and flexibility open up brand new customer opportunities for us.”

“RSAWEB has always been an innovative company, launching the first public pay-as-you-go IaaS service in South Africa in 2010. With an infrastructure Fueled by SolidFire, it continues to drive innovation for its customers and allows us to establish strong presence in the region,” said Stuart Oliver, global service provider programs manager at SolidFire. “Our solution was designed from the ground up for service providers like RSAWEB, enabling them to deliver performance-sensitive applications from a shared cloud infrastructure. Combined with our scale-out model and automation, service providers and their customers gain increased agility, allowing them to respond to business demands faster than ever.”

About RSAWEB

Since being established in 2001, RSAWEB has grown rapidly, gaining extensive industry experience while continuously improving products. With great commitment to customer service excellence and in-depth technical understanding, RSAWEB is able to retain partnerships with some of South Africa’s leading brands from a wide array of sectors. RSAWEB takes pride in offering clients the best in service and support, providing Service-Level Agreements and a 24-hour helpdesk that fully supports and monitors all services, ensuring all clients have absolute peace of mind, this is who we are.

Having invested heavily in infrastructure, RSAWEB has built a strong presence in South Africa and Internationally with data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and POPs (points of presence) in London, Europe and the USA. http://www.rsaweb.co.za/

About ShapeBlue

ShapeBlue is the largest independent integrator of CloudStack technologies globally, and a specialist in the design and implementation of IaaS cloud infrastructures for both private and public cloud implementations.Our services range from consulting, integration, support and training and cover cloud orchestration, networking and storage technologies. https://www.shapeblue.com/

About SolidFire

SolidFire is the market leader in all-flash storage systems built for the next generation data center. Leveraging SolidFire’s all-flash architecture, with volume-level Quality of Service (QoS) controls, customers now can guarantee storage performance to thousands of applications within a shared infrastructure. Coupling this functionality with in-line data reduction techniques and system-wide automation results in substantial capital and operating cost savings relative to traditional disk and basic all-flash storage systems. www.solidfire.com

Cloudian and ShapeBlue launch partnership to attack growing CloudStack market

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London, UK, 7th July 2015  – Cloudian, the leading provider of hybrid cloud smart data storage solutions, and ShapeBlue, the CloudStack company, have announced a partnership to drive adoption of object storage solutions within organisations running Cloud services powered by Apache CloudStack.  CloudStack is the most widely adopted open source cloud platform in production use by service providers and enterprises alike.

The partnership will allow customers to implement a combined compute and Amazon S3 compatible object storage solution based on technologies that are proven and simple to deploy.  The integration of Cloudian and Apache CloudStack unifies the S3 compatible cloud storage service along with the file system requirements of the CloudStack cloud computing platform.

Customers can directly utilise S3 cloud storage as they normally would with Cloudian, taking advantage of Cloudian’s S3 compatibility to deliver interoperability with the wide diversity of tools and applications found in the S3 ecosystem. Additionally, CloudStack templates and snapshots are centrally stored within Cloudian and managed through the CloudStack service and available across datacentres or CloudStack Zones via Cloudian’s multi-datacentre storage capabilities. Cloudian’s Cloud Management Console is integrated with CloudStack to allow cloud service providers and their customers to access and administer cloud storage and cloud computing services via the product’s intuitive user interface.

“At ShapeBlue we are seeing increasing demand for CloudStack-based orchestration environments as the market looks for production proven solutions.  Those organisations also need storage capabilities and as CloudStack has very tight scope around infrastructure orchestration we have looked for a best of breed vendor partner,” explained Giles Sirett, CEO of ShapeBlue.  “We evaluated a number of solutions both Open Source and proprietary and were very impressed with Cloudian’s technical architecture and commercial model.”

Paul Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at Cloudian, explained: “This an exciting development for both organisations and we think ShapeBlue offers a perfect compliment to our approach.  Their experience and expertise in designing and implementing CloudStack technology for customers around the world will prove invaluable.”

About Cloudian, Inc.

Cloudian is a Silicon Valley-based software company specialising in enterprise-grade storage. Our flagship product, Cloudian HyperStore®, is an S3-compatible storage platform that enables service providers and enterprises to build reliable, affordable and scalable hybrid cloud storage solutions. For more information, or to try Cloudian HyperStore today, visit www.cloudian.com.

About ShapeBlue

ShapeBlue are the largest independent integrator of Cloudstack technologies  globally and are specialists in the design and implementation of IaaS cloud infrastructures for both private and public cloud implementations. Services include IaaS Cloud Design, Software Engineering,  CloudStack Consulting & training.

The company has a global customer base with offices in London (UK), Mountain View (CA) and Bangalore (India), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Cape Town (South Africa). For further information, visit: www.shapeblue.com

 

 

 

Teamsun choose CloudStack to deliver private & hybrid cloud offerings

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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 subsidiaries among more 40 wholly-owned subsidiaries in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and part of Southeast Asia.

ShapeBlue, headquartered in London (UK), are the world’s largest integrator of CloudStack based IaaS environments. They have offices in London, Mountain View (CA), Brazil, India and South Africa.

Haijiao Lv, Director of Innovation Center, said: “We are delighted to be working with ShapeBlue to deliver these products and services for our market. Choosing an opensource IaaS platform is key to our long-term strategy. There are some obvious choices in this space, but key to us is that the open source project is not controlled by a group of major vendors with their own individual commercial objectives. We want to work from a well-established opensource code base and not be tied to a vendor’s particular fork.

By choosing Apache CloudStack, we have assurance that the project will be around for the long-term. CloudStack also gives a stable, massively scalable and production proven platform that can quickly and easily deployed by our enterprise customers, and we are able to collaborate with the many other organisations already running Cloudstack in production”.

On choosing to partner with ShapeBlue Haijiao Lv commented: “After deciding on the Cloudstack platform, ShapeBlue were a natural technology partner for us to choose as they have more knowledge and experience implementing and supporting Cloudstack in production environments than any other company”.

The partnership will see the companies collaborating on professional services, support, training & certification and development of tooling for enterprise & hybrid cloud customers. They will also be supporting the growing Chinese Cloudstack developer community.

Giles Sirett, CEO of ShapeBlue commented: “I am very excited about this partnership with Teamsun. Partnering with a company with such an established presence and reputation in China is a great way for us to enter that market. It is also fantastic to see the momentum that Apache CloudStack is developing in China”.

About Teamsun

As China’s leading integrated IT service provider, Beijing Teamsun Technology Co. Ltd. is the first domestic localized IT service provider with its service network across Greater China and part of Southeast Asia. It owns two listed companies; Teamsun (600410-SH) and ASL (00771-HK).

Teamsun is headquartered in Beijing with more 5,000 staff and more 20 holding subsidiaries among more 40 wholly-owned subsidiaries in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and part of Southeast Asia. Since it was a listed company in 2004, the CAGR has been up to 23%, and now its turnover is more than RMB 5.0 billion yuan.

About ShapeBlue

ShapeBlue are the largest independent integrator of Cloudstack technologies globally and are specialists in the design and implementation of IaaS cloud infrastructures for both private and public cloud implementations. Services include IaaS Cloud Design, Software Engineering, CloudStack Consulting and training.

The company has a global customer base with offices in London (UK), Mountain View (CA), Bangalore (India), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Cape Town (South Africa).

Further information

www.teamsun.com.cn/en/

www.shapeblue.com

www.cloudstack.org

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

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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 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 world’s leading research institutions, with 100,000 students, 6,000 professors and 17,000 employees.

Background

In 2012, USP set out to build a private cloud environment that would help them overcome the challenges of having 150 disparate IT environments and the ever increasing demands for compute and storage  in their  dynamic research environment. The first iteration of Cloud-USP consolidated the University’s 150 datacentres down to 6 and brought all of its corporate, educational and research environments together into a single  private cloud environment with user self service and pooling of resources. This initial  project was hugely successful and allowed the university to cut physical storage footprint  by 90% (despite data growth in excess of 300%) and greatly increase their IT operational efficiency.

The demand for scale

Cloud USP has been so successful that it has resulted in a need for the platform to rapidly  scale over the next few years.

Cyrano Rizzo, Office of IT at USP explained: “Cloud USP is already a massive environment, but demands from our departments means that we need to scale the compute infrastructure by 300% over the coming year. We therefore had to plan the future technology for the platform carefully and make sure that we chose something that was both proven/scalable and gave us the agility we needed.

We had previously used a vendor distribution of Apache Cloudstack, but that presented challenges both in terms of required features and cost-at-scale.  Moving to an opensource platform allows us to quickly develop any new functionality we require and for the University to be directly involved with the core development and maintenance of the technology.   This frees us from commercially driven roadmaps and allows us to focus on what we really need for our environment.

Apache Cloudstack was the natural choice, as it was the basis for our existing vendor technology. This has meant that we have not had a steep learning curve in order to migrate.  We are already actively participating in the Apache CloudStack community”

More agile feature development

As well as greatly increasing the scale of the environment, ShapeBlue will be helping USP deliver new, exciting functionality to their users.  A PaaS offering is to be integrated (based on opensource Tsuru) and new security  enhancements will allow USP to federate their security from their academic community. The networking functionality of Cloudstack is to be extended for the University and a mechanism to track the financial usage of their cloud infrastructure will developed.

Cyrano explained “moving to open source is not primarily about cost for us. It is about our ability to directly contribute the features we need to the platform. Cloudstack, as an Apache project, is a very mature and well governed opensource community. We like very much that it is a project driven by its users and not by software vendors. A vendor driven development approach simply does not give us the agility we need”

Help with expertise

In order to realise their vision, USP  decided that they needed a partner who could provide professional  expertise and experience. After a public tender process, ShapeBlue were chosen.

Cyrano noted: “we have selected ShapeBlue to work with us on this project. We have been extremely impressed with their knowledge , professionalism and their widespread experience of implementing environments like ours. There is no other company who have ”

Marco Sinhoreli, Managing Consultant of ShapeBlue Brasil commented “USP cloud is one of the largest private cloud environments in the world, so we are very excited to have won this tender and  to be working with USP on this project.”

Further information

www.usp.br

www.shapeblue.com

www.cloudstack.org

www.tsuru.io

 

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

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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:

  1. CompanyCloud IaaS
  2. CompanyCloud On-line backup tooling and storage
  3. 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 was enterprise grade, fast to deploy and would enable us to offer the sort of service levels that our customers expect. We evaluated a number of options, both open source and proprietary, and CloudStack stood out as meeting all of our requirements.”

Cees Doets, Director

Cees Doets, Director

DATACENTER Services had originally deployed an early propriety version of Cloudstack in 2010. “Since our initial deployment, we had been following the amazing development of CloudStack by the Apache software community and decided that we wanted to benefit from the open standards offered by the community,” said Cees. “We revaluated the IaaS market in Q1 2014 and identified that Apache CloudStack really was the most mature, stable and easiest to deploy solution available. So, we set about updating our environment to use this open source technology.

“CloudStack is a complete solution that includes all the features we needed for an IaaS cloud. It allows us to manage the cloud with an easy-to-use Web interface, command line tools, and a full-featured API.”

The solution

“We chose Apache CloudStack as our orchestration platform as it allowed us to deliver expertise-grade IaaS to our customers and also allow us to gain the benefits and flexibility of an open source technology,” said Cees.

DATACENTER Services worked with ShapeBlue, the leading CloudStack integrator. “They reviewed our project plan and made some suggestions as to how we could improve the installation process,” said Cees. “As a result the build was very smooth. Again ShapeBlue proved to be a true sparring partner for us.”

Benefits

Cees summarised, “One of the key elements for our choice is the multitenant environment. We can draw a very clear line of responsibilities between our customers, their customers and us.

“By design this is much more secure than alternatives. Also it is highly scalable and most important, it works, right out of the box. Since moving to CloudStack, we have experienced 100% uptime.”

With CloudStack now underpinning their IaaS offering, DATACENTER Services have all the benefits of  an open source platform but with great support from ShapeBlue. “When there is a problem, we pick up the phone to them and get an answer immediately,” said Cees. “They are extremely professional and knowledgeable about CloudStack and as a result we are involving them in new projects such as replacing our existing cloud rack and 3D-CAD in the cloud.

“The change to open source was a new experience for us, but with ShapeBlue supporting us we know we can get advice to carry out additional tasks like programming, if required,” concluded Cees.