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The leading provider of green cloud solutions brings users flexibility, customization, and productivity with Apache CloudStack

Founded in 2010, GreenQloud began their journey with the founders of by building a prototype platform for a public cloud. GreenQloud chose to build their platform on top of CloudStack because they found many benefits from a fully open source stack to which they could also contribute. GreenQloud was one of the earliest contributors, and is responsible for CloudStack's Amazon EC2™ compatibility.

Today, GreenQloud offers a full cloud infrastructure software stack for private, public and hybrid IaaS compute and storage all the while leading the path to green IT and sustainability. GreenQloud is a cloud solutions company offering standalone private cloud, hybrid cloud and Truly Green™ public cloud computing virtual servers and data storage (IaaS) powered by renewable energy. GreenQloud's cloud services, feature an easy-to-use, self-service web console and advanced, compatible API controls for full automation of IT services.

With the addition of its newest product, QStack, the company now offers cloud solutions for the full market, accelerating the market adoption of cleaner cloud technology, by addressing the needs and concerns of companies who have not yet adopted public cloud computing due to regulatory compliance or investment commitments.

The Challenge: Providing Affordable and Sustainable Cloud Solutions to Customers

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2013 Cloud Computing SurveyIn the spring of 2011 we conducted a survey of trends in cloud computing and published the results under a Creative Commons license so others could reuse the results to help in their own reports to their coworkers. This year we are doing another survey to identify the trends in cloud computing by comparing past results to the preferences and intentions of IT professionals going forward. The intention of the survey is to better inform the open source developers of Apache CloudStack, BitNami, Puppet, and Zenoss Core how to improve their software as well as to help others understand the direction of the cloud computing industry.

This year’s survey can be taken via SurveyMonkey and all participants who choose to share their information with the sponsors will be entered to win one of the latest generation iPads for a total of five possible winners.

The 2011 State of Cloud Computing Survey includes the following findings:

  • Open source usage is pervasive among cloud computing users with 69% using open source software whenever possible while only 3% claim not to use open source software at all. All government users indicated some degree of open source usage.
  • 61% of organizations are in the information gathering or planning stages or have an approved cloud computing strategy (but no implementation), 20% have cloud implementations and 20% have no cloud computing plans at this point.
  • 70% of data center managers choose to deploy infrastructure on dedicated resources (e.g. dedicated servers and data center resources) while only 12% prefer to deploy their infrastructure in the public cloud.
  •  Hardware savings was cited as the most popular reason for using cloud-based storage and platform-as-a-service. · 12% of IT professionals indicated their preference was to run their infrastructure in public cloud.
  •  The open source Linux operating system is the dominant guest operating system in the cloud with 83% of IT professionals planning to deploy Linux as a guest operating system, 66% will be deploying Windows OSes in the cloud.
  •  Open source usage is pervasive among cloud computing users with 69% using open source software whenever possible while only 3% claim not to use open source software at all. All government users indicated some degree of open source usage.
  • Among cloud computing users 59% will use compute clouds, 51% will use cloud storage and 47% will be using Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings · The number one overall reason inhibiting cloud computing adoption is lack of cloud computing training (43%), followed by security concerns (36%).
  • This year’s survey will cover those questions asked in the previous survey as well as address emerging trends in cloud computing. The final deliverable will be a professional report with the findings that can be distributed to your peers and to help inform research in cloud computing adoption.

    You can take the 2013 Cloud Computing Outlook Survey here:


    Participants who choose to share their contact information will be entered to win one iPad, each sponsor will be providing one iPad to be randomly awarded to a single survey participant.

    Build a Cloud – is a community resource for educating users on how to build their own cloud computing environments. The community includes over 30,000 users and is an emerging resource for cloud computing education through their Build A Cloud Program. The community is sponsored by Citrix.

    BitNami –

    BitNami simplifies the process of deploying web applications natively, virtually and in the cloud. BitNami provides a growing library of the most popular open source applications, ready to be launched with the click of a button. With BitNami, solution providers and businesses of all sizes can deploy and manage business applications such as Jasperserver, SugarCRM, Alfresco, Drupal and many more. BitNami is developed by BitRock, a leader in cross-platform application deployment.

    Citrix –

    Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) transforms how businesses and IT work and people collaborate in the cloud era. With market-leading cloud, collaboration, networking and virtualization technologies, Citrix powers mobile workstyles and cloud services, making complex enterprise IT simpler and more accessible for 260,000 organizations. Citrix products touch 75 percent of Internet users each day and it partners with more than 10,000 companies in 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2011 was $2.21 billion.

    About Puppet Labs –

    Puppet Labs, Inc. is the leader in IT automation and software-defined infrastructure. Puppet Labs’ software provides system administrators the operational agility, efficiency and insight they need to proactively manage dynamic infrastructure, scaling from tens of servers to thousands, on-premise or in the cloud. Thousands of the world’s leading organizations are using Puppet Labs’ software to configure and manage their IT infrastructure, including Citrix, eBay, NYSE,, Oracle/Sun, Shopzilla, and Zynga. Now numbering more than 100 employees and based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs is backed by investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield &Byers, Google Ventures, VMware, Cisco, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and Emerson Street Partners.

    Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) –

    Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) is an open source project, providing a bare-metal installable ISO with a full Xen hypervisor virtualization stack. It was initially an open source version of XenServer, but has slowly developed into it's own system designed for use in cloud computing stacks. XCP is a full binary distribution of Xen, whereas the Xen hypervisor needs to be built from source. For more information visit -

    About Zenoss Inc. –

    Zenoss is a leading provider of management software for physical, virtual, and cloud-based IT infrastructures. Over 35,000 organizations worldwide have deployed Zenoss to manage their networks, servers, virtual devices, storage, and cloud infrastructure, gaining complete visibility and predictability into their IT operations. Customers include Rackspace, VMware,, LinkedIn, Motorola and SunGard.

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    Build an Open Source Cloud Day

    For those of you who have attended a past Build an Open Source Cloud Day (BACD) you know we draw some of the most knowledgable speakers on open source technologies related to systems management and cloud computing. Here are some of the recent presentations from our Build a Cloud Day series please stay tuned to our Events pages to see a BACD event coming to a location near you.

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    Recap: Build a Cloud Day Boston

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    At last week's USENIX LISA  we had the opportunity to teach users how to build and manage open source cloud computing environments using open source software at Build a Cloud Day Boston.  Our program featured presentations from Chef, CloudStack, Gluster, Puppet and Zenoss.  Our next Build an Open Source Cloud Day will be at the Southern California Linux Expo on January 20th, 2011 in Los Angeles. Here are the slides from some of the presentations.

    CloudStack Community Manager, David Nalley gave an introduction to CloudStack for delivering infrastructure-as-a-service.

    Opscode Technical Evangelist, Sean OMeara gave an introduction to Chef for Server Provisioning and Automation

    Zenoss engineer and monitoring ninja, Simon Jakesch, discussed how to use Zenoss Core to manage "cloud infrastructure".

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    Citrix supports the open source community via developer support and evangeslism. We have a number of developers and evangelists that participate actively in the open source community in Apache Cloudstack, OpenDaylight, Xen Project and XenServer. We also conduct educational activities via the Build A Cloud events held all over the world.