This has been a long time coming. We are in the final stages of moving our virtual cloud platform to Apache Cloudstack.
As many customers know we have been using a mix of Openstack, vSphere and Virtualizor for our cloud hosting solutions. The main focus of our pentesting suite is moving to such a solution that will both provide performance enhancements and features that we currently do not provide. This is where Cloudstack shines and outforms our current solution.
OneHost Cloud has been passionate about Cloudstack for a number of years and while we have been wary of using it in the past we have seen great support from the Apache Cloudstack developers and it has come a long long way from where it once was.
In the past Cloudstack was a pain to deploy. With its storage, networking and various bugs it required deep knowledge for those that are not privy complex troubleshooting. In saying this, we give a big shoutout to Giles Sirett from Shapeblue and his team to actively developing Cloudstack to where it is today. We feel that without their support and the support of many others Cloudstack would not be where it is today.
One of the many questions I get asked – why not Openstack ? Well we have used Openstack in the past and yes it is a great solution but with all its secondary applications, integrations and high level configurations it requires dedicated engineers to just manage it which for us and most others it simply doesnt offer any additional benefits.
This is where Cloudstack shines.
We can now have a full management server installed, a single KVM host and and running in less than an hour and while this can NEVER be possible with Openstack ( ok yes with devstack ), we feel Cloudstack is far superior as it has all the features and benefits of Openstack without the headache of its complex integrations.
One of the many additions is its Project Primate which replaces the older and frankly outdated interface. This is a welcome addition and we just love the fact that it can be customized with a little know how. I spent the entire day yesterday with the CloudStack European User Group online which allowed all the Cloudstack users to get together virtually and shared ideas and learn from many others what they are doing in the realm of Cloudstack. I must say now that I am in London I look forward to the next one in person.
Anyway, over the next month or two we will be migrating all customers virtual machines to Cloudstack and while this will be very very time consuming I expect in the long terms it will greatly improve the user experience and initially we will give access to the Cloudstack dashboard, customer can look forward to our own custom dashboard utilizing the Cloudstack API which will allow complete ordering and management via a single interface.
We will advise customers once this migration is taking place and while downtime will be kept to a minimum I expect just 20-30mins while we make changes and move data.
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