Originally published 7/3/14.
This is part 3 of 3 in the Apache CloudStack / Citrix CloudPlatform introduction series. In this post we will go into further detail about the NetApp Virtual Storage Console (VSC) for Apache CloudStack / Citrix CloudPlatform.
The full series can be found here:
Apache CloudStack / Citrix CloudPlatform Plugin Framework
Apache CloudStack offers a rich plugin framework which allows vendors to integrate. The NetApp VSC plugin for Apache CloudStack has leveraged these capabilities and are two main areas where VSC has integrated with Apache CloudStack: UI and storage subsystem.
The storage subsystem in Apache CloudStack provides APIs for handling all operations regarding primary and secondary storage. Just as a refresher primary storage is where VMs in an Apache CloudStack environment live, while secondary storage is for image templates and ISOs. The storage subsystem is responsible for such things as creation of primary or secondary volumes, snapshot management on primary volumes, backing up snapshots to secondary storage, and deploying VM templates from secondary to primary storage.
Below is a high level block architecture of the storage subsystem architecture in Apache CloudStack:
NetApp VSC for Apache CloudStack / Citrix CloudPlatform Architecture
NetApp VSC for Apache CloudStack as mentioned is a fully integrated plugin within the Apache CloudStack environment. Everything is completely integrated into Apache CloudStack UI and storage subsystem, so there is no need for a separate UI or CLI. NetApp has created a vendor driver for both primary and secondary storage which leverages NetApp technologies such as snapshot copies, thin provisioning, data de-duplication, and more!
NetApp VSC for CloudStack highlights:
Below is a high level architecture diagram of NetApp VSC for Apache CloudStack:
NetApp VSC for Apache CloudStack / Citrix CloudPlatform resources
Below is a short demo (8 minutes) showing how the VSC for Apache CloudStack plugin works and its capabilities:
Annotated Recorded Demo - VSC
NetApp VSC for Apache CloudStack community
Find out more about VSC for Apache CloudStack, get help, and discuss Apache CloudStack in the NetApp community:
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