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The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.6

Easy-to-deploy Open Source Cloud orchestration platform that “just works” features improved virtualization, integration, storage, networking support, performance, and more.

Forest Hill, MD —1 December 2015— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.6, the turnkey Open Source cloud computing software platform used for creating private-, public-, and hybrid cloud environments.

Apache CloudStack clouds enable billions of dollars’ worth of business transactions annually across their clouds, and its maturity and stability has led it to has become the Open Source platform for many service providers to set up on-demand, elastic public cloud computing services, as well as enterprises and others to set up a private or hybrid cloud for use by their own employees.

“This 4.6 release of Apache CloudStack marks a significant shift in how we release CloudStack,” said Sebastien Goasguen, Vice President of Apache CloudStack. “With a focus on quality and speed of releasing software, we implemented a new release workflow which allows us to have a production-ready release branch all the time, and allows us to quickly release new features. From now on, CloudStack will be released much faster without regression and with increased quality in each version.”

Recognized as the Cloud orchestration platform that “just works”, CloudStack includes an intuitive user interface and rich APIs for managing the compute, networking, software, and storage infrastructure resources.

Under the Hood

CloudStack v4.6 reflects dozens of new features and improvements, including:
NuageVsp Network Plugin
Bind integration with Globo DNSAPI
SAML 2.0 Plugin
Managed storage for KVM
Improved CloudByte Storage Plugin
Use SSH for commands sent to Virtual-Router
Baremetal Advanced Networking Support
Instance Password Generation length can now be changed

A complete overview of all new enhancements are detailed in the project release notes at http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.6.0/index.html

Apache CloudStack Compatibility Matrix

Supported OS Versions for Management Server
RHEL versions 6.3, 6.5, 6.6 and 7.0
CentOS versions 6.6, 7.0
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Supported Hypervisor Versions

Apache CloudStack supports three hypervisor families, XenServer with XAPI, KVM, and VMware with vSphere:
LXC Host Containers on RHEL 7
Windows Server 2012 R2 (with Hyper-V Role enabled)
Hyper-V 2012 R2
CentOS 6.2+ with KVM
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 with KVM
XenServer versions 6.1, 6.2 SP1 and 6.5 with latest hotfixes
VMware versions 5.0 Update 3a, 5.1 Update 2a, and 5.5 Update 2

Bare Metal Hosts

Bare metal hosts, which have no hypervisor, are also supported. These hosts can run the following operating systems:
RHEL or CentOS, v6.2 or 6.3
Fedora 17
Ubuntu 12.04

More information on the CloudStack Compatibility Matrix can be found at http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.6.0/compat.html

CloudStack v4.6 reflects more than 200 bug fixes from previous releases. The list of fixed issues can be found at http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.6.0/fixed_issues.html

Apache CloudStack is in use/production at thousands of organizations worldwide that includes BIT.Group GmbH, BT Cloud, China Telecom, CloudOps, DATACENTER Services, DataCentrix, Datapipe, EVRY, Exaserve, Exoscale, IDC Frontier, iKoula, Imperial College, INRIA, KDDI, Korea Telecom, LeaseWeb, M5 Hosting Inc., Melbourne University, Reliable Networks, Redbridge, SafeSwiss Cloud, Schuberg Philis, ShapeBlue, Tranquil Hosting, Trader Media Group, University of Cologne, and the University of Sao Paulo, among others.

“With the 4.6 release the Apache CloudStack continues to mature adding important new functionality that will benefit CloudCentral’s customers,” said Kristoffer Sheather, Founder & Chief of Australian cloud services provider CloudCentral, who have been using Apache CloudStack since 2010. “The new Redundant Routers for Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) networks feature will ensure continuous availability of customer VPC networks, and Browser Based Template & Volume Upload will make it easier for our customers to import and use their choice of operating system ISO images and import VM templates from other cloud systems.”

“CloudOps is very excited about the release of Apache CloudStack 4.6, which represents significant improvements in feature set and quality,” said Ian Rae, CEO of CloudOps. “We are proud of our involvement in this landmark release and look forward to supporting our customers achieve operational success in upgrading to and operating clouds based on this release. Apache
CloudStack is the best kept secret in open source cloud computing and has a global user base of cloud operators many of whom contribute to the project.”

“The 4.6 release of Apache CloudStack brings new features and fixes bugs which are critical for our Aurora cloud offering at PCextreme,” said Wido den Hollander, CEO of PCextreme. “We’ve worked hard with the community to get 4.6 released. The committers working at PCextreme resolved multiple issues and also introduced new features in CloudStack including a new StatsCollector output to Graphite and better support for CEPH. This new release allows us to grow our cloud even further.”

“I’m very excited with launch of the Apache CloudStack version 4.6,” said Cyrano Rizzo, CIO of the University of Sao-Paulo. “This version brought many new features and benefits, such as the case in resilience with the new redundant router for VPC, the capability to rapid deployment, demo and test to run the Apache CloudStack inside Docker that will speed the growth, the possibility to manage the resources with Graphite, the ease of upload templates and volumes, among many others, this version also brought many improvements, I’m very happy with one in particular that makes SAML plugin to production grade, this functionality is helping me to build a huge project called interCloud that intend to federate many public universities across the Brazil with Single Sign On.”

CloudStack entered the Apache Incubator in April 2012 and graduated as an Apache Software Foundation Top-level Project in March 2013.

Availability
CloudStack v4.6 is available immediately as a free download from http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html. Apache CloudStack software is released under the Apache License v2.0.

Governance and Oversight
Apache CloudStack is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project’s day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases.

Get Involved!
Apache CloudStack welcomes contribution and community participation through mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and user events. Catch Apache CloudStack in action at the next CloudStack European User Group on 3 March 2016 in London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cloudstack-european-user-group-tickets-19726408218

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server –the world’s most popular Web server software. Through the ASF’s meritocratic process known as “The Apache Way,” more than 550 individual Members and 4,700 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation’s official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

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CloudCentral provides simple migration option for Ninefold customers

As you may have recently read in the news Ninefold have announced that they will be ‘sunsetting’ their cloud platform at the end of January 2016. Ninefold is a company that we respect and it is sad to see another Australian company announce that they are ceasing to continue serving the Australian market.

The CloudCentral Enterprise & Government cloud platforms share a similar architecture, CloudCentral and Ninefold’s clouds are both based on Citrix CloudPlatform, the commercially supported cloud orchestration platform which is itself based on the open source Apache CloudStack project. Additionally both clouds host virtual machine instances using the Citrix XenServer hypervisor.

The Ninefold and CloudCentral networks are connected via a 1-gigabit peering connection via Equinix meaning that data transfer from Ninefold to CloudCentral is extremely fast and latency between the two networks is less than 2 milliseconds.

CloudCentral provides customers with options to deploy Enterprise workloads into our Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne availability zones. In addition Government customers can deploy into our dedicated Government cloud zone located in Canberra.

Our pricing structure is similar to Ninefold’s and we will offer pricing matching Ninefold’s Production Linux and Windows pricing detailed at https://ninefold.com/pricing-detail/. Data transfer from the Ninefold network to the CloudCentral network is free of charge (excluding any charges that may be applicable by Ninefold).

Ultimately this means that Ninefold customers can migrate to CloudCentral with a minimum of downtime in a very simple manner as our systems are effectively ‘compatible’. We want to provide Ninefold customers with peace of mind and a seamless transition process.

CloudCentral will provide on-boarding support to Ninefold customers to ensure their transition is as smooth as possible and minimises interruption to their services wherever possible. Migration guides and supporting documentation will be made available via our support portal and announced on our blog over the next few weeks.

If you would like to transition your services from Ninefold to CloudCentral please contact support@cloudcentral.com.au or call 1300 144 007.

Domenic Carosa’s Dominet invests in CloudCentral

CloudCentral has a new cornerstone investor pre-IPO Dominet Digital. Dominet Digital Corporation Pty Ltd (“Dominet”) will cornerstone the Company’s acquisition of Cloud Central Pty Ltd by subscribing in Tranche 2 of the Placement as approved by Shareholders on 29 April 2014. Dominet is headed by Mr Domenic Carosa, who is also the Co-Founder of Australia’s only internet focused Pooled Development Fund, Future Capital Development Fund.
Please view the full release on the ASX

CloudCentral Acquires Software Defined Storage IP

This is a crucial addition to CloudCentral’s current storage offerings and introduces the Software Defined Storage business model, which separates ownership of hardware and software, allowing customers a far wider choice of software vendors.

We see this as a transformational deal from both a technology and investment perspective. The addition of Software Defined Storage services eliminates the need to pay third parties for storage and gives us more control over the future development of our platform.

Expanding into the private cloud creates a completely new offering for us, while reducing costs for our public cloud customers as we don’t need to pay the big vendors’ really high storage costs.We would be the first Australian cloud provider to own their entire stack from end to end, and doing it in a completely unique way.

And because all our storage is onshore in Australia, we have the potential to be the Software Defined Storage provider of choice for companies constrained by regulation from storing data offshore.

The full release can be found here: https://www.cloudcentral.com.au/about-us/press-releases/cloudcentral-acquires-cloud-storage-ip-from-dey-storage-systems/

CloudCentral welcomes new partners

Words from our partners!

At Infinite Networks (Infinite) we excel at developing custom web and networking solutions for our Enterprise and Government customers. “The CloudCentral partnership enables Infinite’s philosophy of using a ‘fit for purpose’ cloud Infrastructure Provider for its customer’s solutions and application requirements. CloudCentral enables Infinite to leverage the gap between global cloud and its local bespoke offerings. CloudCentral and Infinite have been working together for some time and this agreement formalises our partnership and paves the way for growth via our complementary strengths,” said Anthony Bortolotto, Managing Director, Infinite Networks

https://www.infinite.net.au

OOKI, a cloud services consultancy, broker and integrator, explains its confidence in the recently signed partnership: “Our customers journey to the cloud will now benefit from CloudCentral’s highly scalable, purpose-built cloud platform together with our expertise in defining, designing and deploying effective business service solutions. We are looking forward to effectively delivering hybrid cloud solutions across our customer base,” said Martin Welsby, Director of Solutions at OOKI.

http://www.ooki.com.au

Under its partnership agreement CloudCentral will provide wholesale cloud services to Simple ID, a managed Information Technology (IT) services provider. “Since establishment two decades ago, Simple ID has always remained focused on innovation. Today by embracing the cloud and working with an Australian partner, CloudCentral, we are able to extend our premium service offerings for customers looking for an edge. They tick the box on data sovereignty requirements and the personal service from the professional local sales and technical support team is exactly what our customers need.”

Becoming a full service partner with CloudCentral has provided our customer base with the flexibility and resilience of the cloud, provision of back-up and disaster recovery services. This allows them to focus on their core business, investing in new offerings rather than managing infrastructure,” said Gavin Keane General Manager Simple ID.

http://www.simpleid.com.au

Selected as a key cloud partner due to its on the ground and highly professional sales and technical support , Adam Goudie, Managing Director of Standard Computers commented: “We believe that our partnership with CloudCentral is a natural evolution for our service offerings, and most importantly, for our customers in this new world of cloud computing. With the addition of cloud services to our onsite managed services offering, our small to medium business customers now have access to the benefits of cloud from both a technology and investment perspective. We are confident that this partnership with CloudCentral will produce positive outcomes for our client base already heading to the cloud,” said Goudie.

Standard Computers small to medium business customers  have access to cloud services from April 2014.

http://www.standard.com.au