CloudStack Review

Supports every operating system that supports hypervisors, easy to install and manage


What is our primary use case?

CloudStack is an open-source platform for deploying infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Our company uses it to offer IaaS to companies who want to have public, private, or hybrid cloud.

I implemented this platform in two companies in Colombia. It was used to offer our customers a portal where they could create servers easily, safely, and have stable performance. I worked with different hypervisors and installed CloudStack in different operating systems. The integration is excellent. We had three zones in the platform for specific countries, approximately four pods and 10 clusters with VMware and XenServer hosts, and more than 500 virtual machines in production.

How has it helped my organization?

Customers were very happy with how easy it is to create a VPN site-to-site or a NAT, deploy a new virtual machine from a template, take a Snapshot, or clone a VM.

What is most valuable?

  • CloudStack supports every operating system that supports hypervisors, which makes the product more attractive, compared to vCloud Director or Azure.
  • It is very easy to install and manage.
  • It has the all modules in one node, unlike other software (OpenStack).
  • The product allows a customized look and feel, and the ability to add custom workflows.

What needs improvement?

The product has evolved a lot since the first versions in which it was very complicated to do version updates, and had various problems.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No problem, the platform is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The platform has some problems, but this is due to restrictions of the hypervisor. For example, it's not possible to augment the disk core in VMware or reduce vCPU with the VM running.

How is customer service and technical support?

We had support with Citrix and Shapeblue. Currently we only use the CloudStack community.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy with the support of a partner.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend that you initially consider what solution or cloud product you require. Then, if you are looking for a stable product that is easy to install with a lot of documentation, a portal that is very easy to understand and manage and that can be modified, you should use CloudStack.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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