CloudStack alternatives

CloudStack
CloudStack is open source software written in java that is designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, scalable cloud computing platform. CloudStack current supports the most popular hypervisors VMware, Oracle VM, KVM, XenServer and Xen Cloud Platform. CloudStack offers three ways to manage cloud computing environments: a easy-to-use web interface, command line and a full-featured RESTful API.
CloudStack alternatives are:
OpenStack
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2012 Cloud Computing benefit? Working from home in the nude


Citrix (one of the leading players on the Cloud Computing market) wondered what ordinary people think about Cloud Computing. It interviewed a thousand of ordinary Americans, and here's what they get. Only 16 percent correctly responded that Cloud Computing is a computer network to store, access and share data from Internet-connected devices.  Other answers included: "An actual fluffy white Cloud", "Something related to the weather", "A pillow", "Outer space", "A movie", "A place to meet", "Toilet paper". 54 percent of respondents claim to never use Cloud Computing (although judging by the answers to other questions, 95% of them actually used).

In response to a question about Cloud Computing benefits, 68% said it saves money. 40% said that it is an opportunity to work from home in the nude. 33% - tanning on the beach and accessing computer files at the same time. 25% - keeping 'embarrassing' videos off of their personal hard drive. 35% - dealing with people they'd rather not interact with in person.



2012 OpenStack launches. CloudStack departs. Amazon adapts SAP. Azure rebrands


Here is the news digest from the leading cloud platforms. First of all, the open-source platform OpenStack (aka Linux for the clouds) which had been developed for two years by the alliance of IT giants (Rackspace, NASA, Citrix, Intel, AMD, Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM ...) - finally comes to production. Since May 1, it was adapted by RackSpace for its service Rackspace Cloud Files and last week HP launched the public beta of its HP Cloud platform, based on OpenStack. However, a week before the launch the trouble (common for open-source projects) occurred with OpenStack. Citrix, which has been one of the first participants in OpenStack, suddenly decided to grant its own cloud platform - CloudStack - to Apache Software Foundation. Thus, CloudStack not flowed into OpenStack but became a rival project. Citrix explained this decision by the slow OpenStack development and unwillingness of other parties to integrate with Amazon Web Services APIs.

As for Amazon, it's secured from such conflicts, and that's why is busy with more useful occupations - i.e. adaption of the world's largest ERP system SAP All-in-One to Amazon's cloud. Nothing can be more cool than SAP All-in-One in the Cloud, so the appearance of the first customer, using this cloud-based SAP will mean the great win to all cloud industry.

By the way a year ago SAP was going to port its ERP system not only to AWS, but also to the cloud platform of its main partner - Microsoft (Windows Azure). As now it turned out, that AWS - was the first. If in the near future SAP for Windows Azure won't appear, it will be a disaster for Microsoft's cloud business.

But maybe Microsoft has more important things to do. For example, rebranding. Recently the company announced that it will ditch the Windows Live brand. And then it came to Windows Azure. It's already known that a number of services will be renamed as follows: SQL Azure -> SQL Database, Azure Compute -> Cloud Services, Azure Storage -> Storage. It's still unknown whether the Azure brand will remain in the platform title. Why rename? Microsoft says, to erase the boundaries between the cloud and local IT infrastructure.



2011 Citrix acquired cloud platform Cloud.com

Citrix Cloud.com
Virtualization and Cloud Computing: these technologies have become very linked in the recent years. And the virtualization market leaders want to become the leading providers of cloud platforms. Microsoft created Windows Azure, VMWare - vCloud and recently Cloud Foundry. Citrix is the last of the three virtualization giants to fly into the Cloud. Until now, the company only supplied software for private clouds, but didn't provide its own cloud infrastructure. Today, Citrix (for the amount between $200 and $250 million) has acquired the cloud provider Cloud.com. It's a pretty successful platform with big client names: Zynga, Tata, GoDaddy. Cloud.com uses the open-source platform OpenStack as the cloud operating system. It was created by the alliance led by RackSpace. Citrix also participate in this alliance, and after buying Cloud.com, is going to continue support OpenStack and integrate it with own virtualization technologies.