Cloudstack is a multi-hypervisor, multi-tenant, high-availability Infrastructure as a Service cloud management platform. Cloudstack is software that provides a cloud Orchestration layer; giving automation of the creation, provisioning and configuration of IaaS components (such as virtual servers) . Cloudstack turns an existing virtual infrastructure into a cloud-based infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform. The fact CloudStack leverages existing infrastructure means that the cost and time for an organisation to build a multi-tenant IaaS platform is greatly reduced.
So, rather than your technical engineering team having to manually configure servers for customers, they can be created automatically based on a online customer purchase or an internal request. This allows IT Service Providers and enterprise IT infrastructure teams to deliver true IaaS solutions.
Cloudstack is hypervisor agnostic, supporting VMware,, Hyper-V Oracle VM, KVM, XenServer and Xen Cloud Platform. This gives Cloudstack a unique position in the market : it is not proprietary technology and is not tied to any specific infrastructure.
Cloudstack can also orchestrate the non-technical elements of service delivery such as billing and metering. It presents a range of API’s, allowing it to be integrated with any other platforms.
Open-source with the backing of Citrix
CloudStack is open-source technology with a very active contributor community. The largest contributor to Cloudstack are Citrix systems who provide enterprise versions of the software and a range of support and professional services offerings. More than 60 large-scale production clouds have been deployed using the open source CloudStack, including GoDaddy, GreenQloud, KT, Nokia, Tata Communications and Zynga.
These features mean that Cloudstack is the most cost and time- efficient way to build a scalable, high availability IaaS cloud solution.