Advanced-Networking-Guest-Connectivity-250x160 CloudStack Networking Considerations

With the Acton release of CloudStack, the choices for networking were significantly enhanced. CloudStack 3.x now has more options than ever before which must be fully understood if the platform is to be correctly leveraged to build public or private cloud. Geoff Higginbottom, CTO of ShapeBlue the strategic cloud consultancy gives an overview of the [...]

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usharesoft_logo ShapeBlue Partners with UShareSoft

London 20 March 2012 ShapeBlue, the strategic cloud consultancy, today announced that it has become a UShareSoft Premium Solution Partner. UShareSoft provides the UForge platform for managing server templates and building cloud app stores. ShapeBlue provides a range of cloud implementation and consulting services, focusing on CloudStack and CloudPortal technologies from Citrix. UShareSoft’s UForge technology [...]

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Availability-Zone-300x225 CloudStack Architecture Overview

  CloudStack is a Cloud Orchestration platform that pools computing resources to build public, private and hybrid Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds.  CloudStack manages the network, storage, and compute nodes that make up a cloud infrastructure. A CloudStack cloud has a hierarchical structure which enables it to scale to manage tens of thousands of [...]

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SB_Hpage_banners_alt_3 The importance of hypervisor independence

One of the key features of CloudStack over many of it’s competitors is that it is hypervisor agnostic. I love this feature and am excited about what it offers service providers in particular. However, I recently read a post which asked the question: “you can use multiple hypervisors, so what ? what is the likely [...]

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cloudstack3_img1-250x160 Citrix Cloudstack 3.0 – a first review

Cloudstack version 3.0 is the first version of the established cloud orchestration technology to be built by Citrix themselves after their acquisition of Cloud.com last year. Giles Sirett, Managing Consultant of ShapeBlue the strategic CloudStack consultancy gives his first impressions of the new version. We’ve had the final beta of CloudStack 3.0 on the bench [...]

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SB_straplines_11 Umbee, UK Managed Hosting Company chooses cloud consultancy to form it’s public cloud offering

Managed Hosting Company Umbee Limited today announced that it has chosen strategic cloud consultancy, Shapeblue, to help it deliver it’s pioneering  infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to the UK market. ShapeBlue will work closely to help Umbee to strategize, commercialise, build and integrate  it’s IaaS cloud offering, built around Citrix CloudStack technology. ShapeBlue provide strategic cloud consulting the [...]

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SB_straplines_11 ShapeBlue chosen as Citrix’s first European Cloud Advisor

ShapeBlue, the UK based strategic cloud consultancy, has announced that it has been chosen by Citrix Systems to be the first European company to become a member of it’s Cloud Advisor Program. The program is designed to recognise organisations with deep expertise in private and public cloud strategy & design. Giles Sirett, ShapeBlue’s Managing Consultant [...]

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SB_Hpage_banners_alt_17 Who’s building Clouds?

Who would build their own Cloud in 2012? Giles Sirett, Managing Partner of ShapeBlue gives his view of who’s currently building cloud infrastructures. Cloud delivery had been one of the major drivers in the consumerisation of IT and it’s evolution into a utility Services model. So, why would organisations want to build their own cloud? [...]

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SB_Hpage_banners_alt_3 What exactly is Cloudstack

The CloudStack™ platform is a complete software suite used to create Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds. Target customers include service providers and enterprises. The CloudStack platform enables service providers to set up an on-demand, elastic cloud computing service that is similar to the Amazon EC2™ service. It enables a utility computing service by allowing [...]

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SB_Hpage_banners_alt_9 How to beat the VMWare Vtax.

Citrix CloudStack eases the financial impact associated with the “vTax,” the term used by many in the cloud and virtualization communities to refer to the latest update to the VMware vSphere 5 licensing model that added costs to customers’ existing cloud and virtualization implementations.  Since CloudStack can support multiple hypervisors in the same cloud, VMware [...]

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