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CloudStack Goes Open Source

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the done-and-done dept.

Cloud 17

Hitting the front page for the first time, ke4qqq writes "CloudStack has dropped the open core model and gone completely open source. The latest merge of formerly-proprietary features include VMware and OracleVM support as well as support for dynamically managing hardware network and storage devices. CloudStack is the same software used by, Zynga, Godaddy, and 60 other of the largest clouds."

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Meanwhile, in VMWare's HQ... (1)

alfredos (1694270) | more than 3 years ago | (#37243790)

Guys, someone else is offering a free hypervisor with goodies. Quick, rename and split again everything. And let's make a few things other than the hypervisors actually work this time!

Re:Meanwhile, in VMWare's HQ... (4, Informative)

Nautica (681171) | more than 3 years ago | (#37243838)

Actually it isn't a hypervisor. It is a IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) product/platform that supports several different hypervisors.

Re:Meanwhile, in VMWare's HQ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37246988)

Well since it works with freely available hypervisors, if the management piece is any good it could attract people who don't want to pay vSphere Enterprise/Enterprise+ in addition to per-VM licensing for vCloud Director. We currently use Lab Manager heavily and VMware is pushing vCD as the successor product except the licensing difference has a very significant cost impact for us. Using a free (or even just a cheaper one like Hyper-V) hypervisor with a free management and orchestration platform may lead us to move our dev/QA processes off of VMware infrastructure.

Well that's good news (2)

ctrl-c_ctrl-x (1973992) | more than 3 years ago | (#37243798)

Hooefully this will result in many more cloud providers. More competition in the market is a good thing IMHO.

Does run on it's own software? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37244160)

Because the link to appears slashdotted to me...

What's the call to scale out the Web tier? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37244168)

They need some Clouds so they can Cloud while they..
(bites self)

mo3 0p (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37244248)

don't feel that When I stbood for at this point pallid bodies and


Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37244964)

Do we need yet another open source IaaS product? How about concentration on making one of the many available ones (OpenStack, OpenNebula, Eucalyptus, Nimbus...) a viable alternative to commercial products?

Re:YAOSIaaSP (1)

dipskinny (768437) | more than 3 years ago | (#37259438)

You're looking at this backwards. CloudStack IS already a very viable alternative. It was just acquired by Citrix for more than $200 million and is ahead of OpenStack in maturity and go-live users. But OpenStack has greater momentum from the developer & partner community. So the question is ... will CloudStack merge with the OpenStack community as was implied when it was acquired by Citrix, or will it go it alone and pilfer the OpenStack codebase? Note: OpenStack uses the very open Apache License, Version 2.0 while CloudStack is GPU GPL v3.

just what is CloudStack? (1)

Gravis Zero (934156) | more than 3 years ago | (#37245086)

CloudStack is open source software written in java that is designed to deploy and and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, scalable cloud computing platform. CloudStack current supports the most popular open source hypervisors, KVM and Xen. CloudStack offers three ways to manage cloud computing environments: a easy-to-use web interface, command line and a full-featured RESTful API. []

Does Zynga use it? (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 3 years ago | (#37245302)

Does Zynga really use CloudStack? In its pre-IPO filing, [] Zynga says this:

Our technology infrastructure is critical to the performance of our games and to player satisfaction. Our games run on a complex distributed system, or what is commonly known as cloud computing. We own, operate and maintain elements of this system, but significant elements of this system are operated by third parties that we do not control and which would require significant time to replace. We expect this dependence on third parties to continue. In particular, a significant majority of our game traffic is hosted by Amazon Web Services, or AWS, which service uses multiple locations.

(emphasis mine)

Re:Does Zynga use it? (1)

Jsutton1027w (757650) | more than 3 years ago | (#37245694)

Cloudstack is more of a management component; it's not a hypervisor. It supports multiple hypervisors and manages the resources that they host. The Cloudstack download page ( indicates that they have an Amazon EC2 compatibility server. It describes it like this: "The CloudBridge provides an Amazon EC2 compatible API via both SOAP and REST web services. The EC2 API is translated to native CloudStack API calls by the CloudBridge. Clients can continue using existing EC2-compatible tools with the CloudBridge."

Re:Does Zynga use it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37247322)

They launch games on Amazon and when traffic levels they move it to the CloudStack powered - ZCloud - that way they can scale for initial demand and then provision private cloud based on usage trends.

Re:Does Zynga use it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37250276)

I have seen in presentations from DTO Solutions claim that Zynga uses their internal cloud for most of their production games, and scale out to AWS when demand peaks, or when they are onboading a new game.

At least one cite that claims Zynga is using CloudStack:

Please (1)

jnpcl (1929302) | more than 3 years ago | (#37246500)

Somebody find a 0-day and nuke Zynga from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!

here comes the extraction from the public domain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37261428)

The cloud intends to extract from the public domain all that is public .

cloudstack (1)

bmullan (1425023) | more than 3 years ago | (#37298914)

cloudstack is a cloud orchestration toolset/api that supports multi-tenant cloud provisioning & services. it appears to be a fairly complete architecture but is also in a transitional phase as they try to implement support for further cloud hypervisor environments.
They are contributing to OpenStack and from what I understand will include OpenStack as an component of CloudStack's future development.
Here's a good writeup & summary: []
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