Originally published 6/23/14.
In this post, we will give an overview of Apache CloudStack/Citrix CloudPlatform and the NetApp integration. In part II and III we will go into more detail about the CloudStack architecture and the NetApp integration provided through the Virtual Storage Console (VSC) for CloudStack.
The full series can be found here:
Apache CloudStack is a turnkey open source cloud management and orchestration platform for delivering Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) in cloud computing environments. It was designed to deploy and manage a large number of virtual machines and the software-side infrastructure required to support it. Apache CloudStack was originally developed by Cloud.com, which was acquired by Citrix in 2011. In 2012, Citrix turned Apache CloudStack over to the Apache Software Foundation. There are currently two versions of CloudStack:
While Apache CloudStack is open source, Citrix CloudPlatform offers support and Apache CloudStack as an enterprise offering. When we use the term Apache CloudStack, it also applies to Citrix CloudPlatform.
Apache CloudStack Highlights
CloudStack abstracts complexities of dealing with compute, storage, and network. Through a common UI and user experience, it aims at abstracting and unifying heterogenous IT infrastructure into uniform services. The RESTful API allows easy integration for other tools and automation frameworks.
Apache CloudStack - Pros:
Apache CloudStack - Cons:
NetApp VSC for Apache CloudStack
NetApp Virtual Storage Console (VSC) for Apache CloudStack is an integrated plug-in from NetApp which enables the use of NetApp storage technologies directly within Apache CloudStack.
Some of the highlights:
NetApp recently won an award in the area of Cloud at the Citrix Synergy conference in May 2014 for the integration with Apache CloudStack / Citrix CloudPlatform:
NetApp VSC for CloudStack is available for download from the community site:
In the next two posts, we will look into the Apache CloudStack architecture with more detail and also dive into the NetApp Virtual Storage Console (VSC) for Apache CloudStack.