citrix-cloudplatfrom Citrix Release Cloudplatform 3.0.5 Burbank

Last week Citrix (rather quietly) announced their latest release (3.0.5) of their “CloudPlatform (powered by Apache Cloudstack)” cloud orchestration product. Giles Sirett, Managing Consultant of ShapeBlue has a first look at the new release. 3.0.5, codenamed Burbank, has always been played down by Citrix as a minor release containing mainly bugfixes and only a few [...]

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ShapeBlue-Logo_small-extra-small Citrix CloudPlatform 3.0.4 – What’s New

  Citrix CloudPlatform is powered by Apache CloudStack, but it seems that companies who have opted to use the Citrix licensed, and therefore supported version, are getting far more bang for their buck. Citrix released v3.0.3 of CloudPlatform back at the beginning of June, and have now issued yet another update, v3.0.4, released on the [...]

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usharesoft_logo Managing the software stack – the missing link for IaaS ?

So, you’ve decided to build an IaaS cloud. You’ve chosen an orchestration platform (I’d hope you’d choose Cloudstack) and then got some clever guys like us at ShapeBlue to design and build a scalable infrastructure that will help you deliver high density VM and network instances out to your customers. Great, the dollars will start [...]

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BLOG-Syslog-Server-250x160 Sending log messages to a Syslog Server

  CloudStack Logs are known for not being the easiest things to read, and when trouble shooting a difficult problem anything which makes life a little easier is very welcome. By offloading the Management Log to a Syslog Server, Filters and Tagging can be used to greatly simplify the process of reading the log files.  [...]

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Using-the-API-for-Advanced-Network-Management-250x160 Using the CloudStack API for Advanced Network Management

  The CloudStack API is a very powerful tool which once mastered provides Administrators access to all of CloudStack’s features, many of which are not available via the GUI. During a number of recent Projects the ShapeBlue consulting team needed to leverage these features in order to deliver the advanced solutions our clients required. This [...]

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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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