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Girish Vyas
Real User
Architect - Cloud Serviced at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
May 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The three features that I find most valuable are: * It is user-friendly. * It is scalable. * The ease of API use. When you compare it with OpenStack, CloudStack is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This is one of the major products that help to handle all of the NFV Infrastructure management services (IaaS). It has helped us to quickly gain understanding and feel… more»

What needs improvement?

One area that needs improvement is the stability. It is stable, but there are issues. It is related to the lack of support for an open source product. It comes down to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is no license, so the product is free unless you are buying professional technical support services. You need to pay for your infrastructure and hosting charges, but… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This product has been in use since I joined the company.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody interested in implementing this product is to do the POC, and don't just go blindly with it. You need to see what the pitfalls are and whether your… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are presently evaluating OpenStack. CloudStack is faster than OpenStack. The OpenStack solution takes years and years to build your services, whereas CloudStack allows… more»
Oleksandr Rybchenko
Real User
Project Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Apr 04 2018

What is most valuable?

Killer features for me were: * Support for many hypervisors * ability to match business logic * "everything in one box" * available APIs.

How has it helped my organization?

We managed to avoid additional expenses for orchestration and automation tools.

What needs improvement?

The main reason why we started looking for another solution: backups, replication, HA, and dependency on secondary storage. CS is quite sensitive for infrastructure, and… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

As far as I know, CS is still free of charge. If you want to pay some money, Citrix Cloud Platform is based on CS, I think. As for hypervisors – everything as usual, you… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used OnApp for cloud. It is deployed on premises, and paid, and still it did not give us flexibility. For example, we couldn’t export VMs, CLI capabilities were… more»

What other advice do I have?

We have been using CS for three years. I started a small PoC with a few VMware hosts. At the end, I had three production instances with VMware and XenServers. I would rate… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking for a solution on premises, and I reviewed OpenStack “zoo” before making my final decision. As I mentioned, CS can be managed by small number of people… more»
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Paresh Tripathi
Real User
Cloud Solutions Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 09 2018

What is most valuable?

We use CloudStack because it is simpler than OpenStack and has most features required to be an IaaS orchestration tool. * CloudStack, by default, gives us a zone-based setup which makes it easier to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cloud computing has improved the way our organization functions. With virtualization, physical hardware has been replaced with virtual devices hosted on CloudStack. What CloudStack does is make the… more»

What needs improvement?

This product needs a lot improvement on the development side. Every new version introduces new bugs. It lacks many features needed for NFV like DPDK, SR-IOV support, etc. Also, it is not widely used… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are not using the licensed version.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using VMware and Xen earlier, but to reduce the cost and to make management simple, everything has been moved to KVM and CloudStack. Both KVM and CloudStack are free.

What other advice do I have?

I rate it a seven out of 10 because it is has most features you would expect from an orchestration tool, but less complexity.
Consultant
Cloud Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Apr 15 2018

What is most valuable?

* Stability * Centralized management design that scales well * Transparent interoperability with different hypervisors and manufacturers We also have OpenStack in production, but many of our staff… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It works, and pretty much always has. Reliability and support for enterprise features, with a multi-tenant interface, makes CloudStack a very compelling solution.

What needs improvement?

Lack of support for third-party software vendors such as Veeam and Zerto creates limitations on comprehensive offerings which would include backup and disaster recovery.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Obviously OSS is free, so you can’t beat that when it comes to price. For the commercial support options, they are extremely fair for quality of the solution.

What other advice do I have?

I have used it for close to eight years, since Cloud.com, prior to the Citrix acquisition. Get commercial assistance from an experienced consultant who has deployed it before. Choices made early on in… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we evaluated other solutions, and we run CloudStack along with OpenStack in two different environments for different reasons. In general, my preference is for CloudStack because it is less… more»
Sibin John
Real User
Systems Engineer R&D at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 10 2018

What is most valuable?

Multiple types of hypervisor support, multi-zone support, and VPC are great valuable features, in my opinion. Also, there are shared network features - LB, VPN, etc. - which are very useful for every user.

How has it helped my organization?

We acquired some good clients for our billing and control portal solutions with CloudStack and it improved our business greatly.

What needs improvement?

For time consuming operations like storage migrations, volume Snapshot restore and the like, we faced issues like MySQL operations timing out and status update failures. Those areas needs improvement.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's an open-source product, so there won't be any pricing. For licensing, it uses Apache open-source license.

What other advice do I have?

I rate it at five out of 10. For a private cloud, CloudStack is good and fine, but for public cloud, it will not be that a great experience, in my opinion. CloudStack is good for private cloud, simple to install and set up. If you are… more»
Oleksii Kyianytsia
Real User
System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 10 2018

What is most valuable?

* User-friendly portal * VPN P2S and S2S possibilities * Easy to manage accounts and limits

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us a new way of providing IaaS services internally, for different departments. Also, CloudStack is providing us much more profit than OpenStack.

What needs improvement?

* VPN P2S: It's cutting all connections except the CloudStack environment for the user when he is connected. I would like to have VPN like Cisco's AnyConnect. * It would be great to have a couple of “external” networks for VPC and have the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

OpenStack was my first implementation but it’s really difficult to manage. The installation required a lot of resources just to start the platform, and the user experience was totally unsatisfactory. After that I tried Azure Stack just for… more»

What other advice do I have?

Every infrastructure is different, and company policies are also different. I can’t advise in a general way here. I can only say that KVM and Citrix, as a hypervisors, are very stable with CLoudStack. The rest is up to the architecting… more»
Yesid Mora
Real User
Virtualization and Backup Engineer
Apr 15 2018

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… more»

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 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.

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.
Andrija Panic
Real User
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Oct 23 2018

What is most valuable?

Being able to completely virtualize a customer’s physical data center and migrate any workload into the cloud, and cover the most complex use cases - while offering high performance and true volume QoS, backed by SSD-based managed storage - is what differentiates it from other IaaS solutions… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Due to much simpler setup (in comparison to other IaaS products), Apache CloudStack has enabled us to achieve a rapid time to market. It helped us exponentially grow our customer base and required hardware, without seriously increasing our in-house engineering efforts. CloudStack’s development… more»

What needs improvement?

There are some minor things that can be improved even more such as, perhaps, a bit more polishing on the GUI side to catch up with the API possibilities (which are really extensive) but otherwise nothing critical. New features are being developed daily and the product is constantly improved with new… more»

What other advice do I have?

We rate Apache CloudStack a pure 10 out of 10 for its extremely versatile environment, rich feature set that can cover even the most complex customer requirements, and the ease of management.
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Apache CloudStack is open source software designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform.
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