Compare Cisco Piston Enterprise OS vs. CloudStack

Cisco Piston Enterprise OS is ranked 15th in Cloud Management with 1 review while CloudStack is ranked 5th in Cloud Management with 17 reviews. Cisco Piston Enterprise OS is rated 9.0, while CloudStack is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Piston Enterprise OS writes "A simple interface and helpful support for a solution that grows with us". On the other hand, the top reviewer of CloudStack writes "User-friendly, scalable, and easy API use ". Cisco Piston Enterprise OS is most compared with Juniper AppFormix, whereas CloudStack is most compared with OpenNebula, Red Hat CloudForms and VMware vRealize Automation (vRA).
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Pros
It offers enough support so that you don't need to have the need to get another device.

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You can use a single API to get things done, rather than multiple APIs on multiple modules.CloudStack’s private gateway networking feature is what enables us to offer utmost security and confidentially to our customers and partners, by enabling them to connect to their virtual data centers via dedicated, encrypted, private fiber lines that never touch the public internet space. Ease of setup and management are certainly important additional benefits for us on the engineering team.The structuring of the components and isolated environments helped us when using parts of the framework at different levels of product development.CloudStack helped us showcase our features through process visualization and functional solutions.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.It works, and pretty much always has. Reliability and support for enterprise features, with a multi-tenant interface, makes CloudStack a very compelling solution.Key features include stability, centralized management design that scales well, and transparent interoperability with different hypervisors and manufacturers..

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The solution is just too expensive, so maybe the pricing could be better.

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I would like to see support for native VLAN, and fault-tolerance.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.A technology upgrade is one item which could be improved upon a lot.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.Accounts, domains, and user accounts are set up with public cloud in mind, not private.The numerous, multi-layered drill-down menus make it difficult to find one simple knob to turn.VPN P2S is 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 possibility, for each domain, to choose they type of “external” network.

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There is no license, so the product is free unless you are buying professional technical support services.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 need to pay for VMware and vCenter. As for XenServer, recently they changed the free feature list, so you may need to pay some money to get useful features like XenMotion.The Apache CloudStack is open source, so you do not have licenses to purchase.​Give an effort to planning. If possible, contract a specialized consultant company for the initial setup and knowledge transfer.​​

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15th
out of 57 in Cloud Management
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Reviews
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9.0
5th
out of 57 in Cloud Management
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2,973
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1,818
Reviews
17
Average Words per Review
383
Avg. Rating
7.5
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Piston Enterprise OSVmops, Cloud.com
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Overview

Piston Enterprise OS (pentOS) is an enterprise grade cloud operating system meeting the security and governance needs of enterprises wanting to use OpenStack for their infrastructure services. pentOS is an OpenStack distro that builds on top of the OpenStack codebase adding some proprietary features to meet the security and governance needs of the enterprise customers.

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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