A Re­li­able and Scal­able Cloud Com­put­ing Plat­form

Apache CloudS­tack is yet an­other out­stand­ing project that has con­trib­uted many tools and projects to the open source com­mu­nity. The au­thor has se­lected the rel­e­vant and im­por­tant ex­tracts from the ex­cel­lent doc­u­men­ta­tion pro­vided by the Apache CloudS­tack

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Apache CloudS­tack is one among the highly vis­i­ble projects from the Apache Soft­ware Foun­da­tion (ASF). The project fo­cuses on de­ploy­ing open source soft­ware for pub­lic and pri­vate In­fra­struc­ture as a Ser­vice (IaaS) clouds. Listed be­low are a few im­por­tant points about CloudS­tack.

It is de­signed to de­ploy and man­age large net­works of vir­tual ma­chines, as highly avail­able and scal­able In­fra­struc­ture as a Ser­vice (IaaS) cloud com­put­ing plat­forms.

CloudS­tack is used by a num­ber of ser­vice providers to of­fer pub­lic cloud ser­vices and by many com­pa­nies to pro­vide on-premises (pri­vate) cloud of­fer­ings or as part of a hy­brid cloud so­lu­tion.

CloudS­tack in­cludes the en­tire ‘stack’ of fea­tures that most or­gan­i­sa­tions de­sire with an IaaS cloud -- com­pute or­ches­tra­tion, Net­work as a Ser­vice, user and ac­count man­age­ment, a full and open na­tive API, re­source ac­count­ing, and a first-class user in­ter­face (UI).

It cur­rently sup­ports the most pop­u­lar hy­per­vi­sors — VMware, KVM, Citrix XenServer, Xen Cloud Plat­form (XCP), Or­a­cle VM server and Mi­crosoft Hyper-V.

Users can man­age their cloud with an easy-to-use Web in­ter­face, com­mand line tools and/or a full-fea­tured REST­ful API. In ad­di­tion, CloudS­tack pro­vides an API that’s com­pat­i­ble with AWS EC2 and S3 for or­gan­i­sa­tions that wish to de­ploy hy­brid clouds.

It pro­vides an open and flex­i­ble cloud or­ches­tra­tion plat­form to de­liver re­li­able and scal­able pri­vate and pub­lic clouds.

Fea­tures and func­tion­al­ity

Some of the fea­tures and func­tion­al­ity pro­vided by CloudS­tack are:

Works with hosts run­ning XenServer/XCP, KVM, Hyper-V, and/or VMware ESXi with vSphere

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