CloudStack – deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines

Apache CloudStack (CloudStack) is open source cloud computing software for deploying and managing large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform. Target environments include service providers and enterprises. In addition to its own API, CloudStack also supports the Amazon Web Services (AWS) API.[

It is a turnkey solution that includes the entire “stack” of features most organizations want with an IaaS cloud: compute orchestration, Network-as-a-Service, user and account management, a full and open native API, resource accounting, and a User Interface (UI).

CloudStack currently supports the most popular hypervisors: VMware, KVM, XenServer and Xen Cloud Platform (XCP).

Users can manage their cloud with an easy to use Web interface, command line tools, and/or a full-featured RESTful API. In addition, CloudStack provides an API that’s compatible with AWS EC2 and S3 for organizations that wish to deploy hybrid clouds.

Features include:

  • Supports the most popular hypervisors: VMware, Oracle VM, KVM, XenServer and Xen Cloud Platform.
  • Offers bare metal management of servers, using PXE to provision OS images and IPMI to manage the server.
  • Three methods for managing cloud computing environments: an easy to use Web interface, command line tools, and a full-featured RESTful API.
  • Built-in high-availability for hosts and VMs.
  • AJAX web GUI for management.
  • AWS API compatibility.
  • Hypervisor agnostic.
  • Snapshot management.
  • Usage metering.
  • Network management (VLAN’s, security groups).
  • Virtual routers, firewalls, load balancers.
  • Multi-role support.

Website: cloudstack.apache.org
Support: Documentation
Developer: Apache Software Foundation
License: Apache License 2.0

CloudStack is written in Java and Python. Learn Java with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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