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Today the CloudStack project is announcing one of the most significant updates to the project to date. Since Cloud.com was launched in May 2010, the CloudStack project has lived quietly in the shadow of the Cloud.com

To add to the confusion internally we often used the company name interchangeably with project name, CloudStack.  Unfortunately in having the great success with the company we have unintentionally have obscured an exception piece of open source cloud computing software.  More than 60 large-scale production clouds have been deployed using the open source CloudStack, including GoDaddy, GreenQloud, KT, Nokia, Tata Communications and Zynga. 

Also we have pledged our support for OpenStack that currently has quite a bit of feature overlap with CloudStack. In time we will combine code and features to help improve both products but not at the cost of disrupting our current users.

100% Open Source

Last week we merged the final bits of commercial CloudStack code into the open source repositories. In the past we maintained two codebases one for paying customers and one for our open source users. Going forward there will be one open source code base.  This allows us to remove redundancies and focus on making one excellent product. With this code merge we have also added a couple of new features and we will be advertising a number of lesser-known capabilities of CloudStack.

Cross Hypervisor Support

With CloudStack you can use multiple hypervisors, proprietary or open source (VMware, XenServer, Xen Cloud Platform, KVM or OracleVM). Not only can you use whatever hypervisor you want but also you can use multiple hypervisors in a highly available cloud computing instance.

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OSCON 2011

Cloud Computing continues to be built around open source, open standards and open hardware

Last  week I attended O'Reilly Publishing's OSCON, one of the biggest open source events in the world. OSCON is one of the few places where you can get training and information from the people who develop the software you use everyday (if you are an open source software user at least).  

Here are some of the things I did and saw that were interesting to the cloud computing user in me. 

  • One of the highlights of the conference for me was helping OpenStack celebrate their one year anniversary. Since announcing the project at last year's conference OpenStack has come a long way and CloudStack and Citrix are happy to be partnered with OpenStack project, we believe a lot of good things coming their way and we are anxious to improve our collaboration with them.
  • This year as expected of most IT conferences, the folks at O'Reilly added a cloud computing track to the program. Some of our favorite sessions were conducted by  Build an Open Source Cloud Day partners Puppet and Chef who gave talks on how to configure and automate cloud infrastructure. 
  • Also Dell released a new open source project code-named Crowbar that helps speed the deployment of OpenStack clouds. Rob Hirschfield has a nice write-up about the project and pointers to all the resources around the project (which coincidentally leverages Chef). 
  • One bit of cloud news that came out of the event was the launch of the Open Cloud Initiative, a effort to drive open standards in cloud computing and "....provide a legal framework within which the greater cloud computing community of users and providers can reach consensus on a set of requirements for Open Cloud, as described in the Open Cloud Principles (OCP) document, and then apply those requirements to cloud computing products and services, again by way of community consensus."
  • Which makes you ask, "Is it open source or open standards or is it both?"

What was clear to me after attending the event was that open seems to be a requirement for all aspects of cloud computing: from hardware (FaceBook's Open Compute project), to software (Managing Open Source Software Releases on a Cloud Platform), to standards (Achieving Hybrid Cloud Mobility with OpenStack and XCP). 

This week I am heading to Santa Clara, CA to attend the XenSummit to hear what the state-of-the-art in Xen project and I am very excited as I think Xen is one of the most under-rated open source technologies, especially given the proprietary alternatives. If you are going to attend the event look me up. 

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As many of you already know, we have been working closely with the OpenStack team and their efforts to rid the cloud ecosystem of lock-in and proprietary systems. Yesterday was an enormous milestone with the release of "Austin" and we are...

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I’ve been called a lot of things during my career, but this is the first time I have ever been called a turkey. Interesting opinion on our efforts to support OpenStack from the guys over at The Virtualization Practice. When we made the decision to join OpenStack, we understood...

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Open@Citrix

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. 

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