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RSS Introduces Commercial and Open Source Infrastructure as a Service Cloud Computing Software, a pioneer in cloud infrastructure management software, today announced the CloudStack™, a comprehensive open source software solution that accelerates the deployment, management and configuration of multi-tier and multi-tenant private and public cloud services. The integrated software solution for delivering infrastructure as a service comes in three distinct products: CloudStack Enterprise Edition, CloudStack Service Provider Edition and CloudStack Community Edition. Through the implementation of common cloud frameworks like the Amazon Web Services API, Citrix Cloud Center™ (C3) and VMware’s vCloud initiative, provides an open environment that interoperates with a user’s existing cloud initiatives. 

"There's a growing demand for both enterprises and service providers to deliver their IT as a cloud. The technologies are fast evolving, and the opportunities to run IT more efficiently are coming quickly," said Michael Coté, industry analyst, RedMonk. "To cope with that landscape, the best strategy now seems to be taking on as open and heterogenous a cloud infrastructure as possible that can span private and public clouds." 

The CloudStack is already deployed in production environments at leading enterprises and service providers, providing them with a new level of product stability and capability that is not found in solutions currently available in the market. 

“Tata Communications is using CloudStack from as one of the important components in our compute as a service offering,” said Tom Davies, Director of Product Development at Tata Communications. “CloudStack allows us to offer compute on-demand services that exceed the challenging cloud computing demands that our customers require us to meet." 

Designed to easily transform a data center’s underlying compute, network and storage infrastructure to act as an efficient, shared resource pool that can be deployed across multiple users as a service, the CloudStack seamlessly integrates with existing data center infrastructure including virtualization and networking technologies, allowing users to realize the benefits of the cloud without investing in special-purpose hardware. 

CloudStack delivers several benefits including:

·         Massive computing power – providing virtually unlimited CPUs on-demand, as required and billed by actual usage in public, private or hybrid deployments.

·         Powerful API - Easily build, integrate and use applications based on common cloud APIs like Amazon's Web Services API, Citrix Cloud Center™ (C3) API and the vCloud API

·         Secure Cloud Computing – Isolating compute, network, and storage resources by user, location and deployment.

·         Comprehensive Service Management – Defining, metering, deploying and managing services to be consumed within your cloud.

·         Automated resource distribution – delivering capabilities to automate the distribution of compute, network and storage while adhering to defined policies on load balancing, data security and compliance.

·         Real-time visibility and reporting capabilities – ensuring compliance, security and comprehensive metering customer usage.

·         Simplified management – empowering administrators to offset the daily management of services to the end users with a powerful self-service portal that gives the day-to-day management tasks to the user, enabling administrators to focus on more business critical issues while giving the client more control and agility over the service by providing a catalog of custom built and pre-defined machine images. 

" One of the leading concerns limiting the broad adoption of cloud computing in the enterprise revolves around data integrity and cloud security," said Suman Saraf, Solution Architect at McAfee. "Having spent time working with the team and assessing their architecture, I am confident that the CloudStack is setting the standard for how cloud architects should isolate cloud resources  when implementing infrastructure as a service.  Getting security right from the start can be the difference between  good or great cloud architecture.” 

A Robust Community & Ecosystem

The CloudStack Community Edition is distributed under the General Public License 3 (GPL3). The Community Edition offers a leading open source software stack integrated with the open source Xen and KVM hypervisors, and can be deployed with Ubuntu and Fedora distributions. With its simple to install software package, is a fully integrated binary that enables developers to quickly and easily build, manage and deploy IaaS clouds. is committed to providing interoperability between cloud platforms, taking an open, transparent approach to application development and integration.  In addition to CloudStack's support for industry leading cloud APIs, the company is also committed to providing an open and well-documented API framework to enable portability, flexibility and serviceability of applications running in the cloud. 

“The CloudStack instantly turns any deployment of Citrix XenServer® into a fully functional, self service cloud,” said Simon Crosby, CTO, Data Center and Cloud Division at Citrix. “ has invested in an open source, community based development model that harnesses the power of the Xen hypervisor to enable anyone to download and easily deploy a standards-based cloud infrastructure with automated elasticity, multi-tenancy, and simple administration, for free.  This will dramatically accelerate the adoption of enterprise ready cloud services.”

"'s offering is good for customers and good for the cloud market" said Michael Crandell, RightScale CEO. "Giving users more choice and flexibility over where and how they deploy and manage their cloud resources -- as an on-premise 'private cloud' or a hosted 'public cloud' -- is a natural fit with RightScale's multi-cloud strategy.  We are excited to be partnering with the team as they bring their innovative solution to market." 

"Today, enterprises and service providers that are interested in launching cloud computing services face the difficult task of integrating complex software and hardware components from multiple vendors.  The resulting system could end up being expensive to build and hard to operate, minimizing the original motives and benefits of moving to this new model," said Sheng Liang, founder and CEO. "’s focus is on enabling enterprises and service providers to quickly architect, configure and deploy highly-reliable, highly-scalable and cost-effective cloud environments and operate in a far more flexible and cost-efficient way." 


CloudStack Community Edition will be available for download on May 4 through the community portal.  For information on CloudStack Enterprise and Service Provider Editions, go to 

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Published Tuesday, May 04, 2010 8:30 AM by David Marshall
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