Hong Kong, 20 February 2012 – Today at the Cloud Connect 2012 event in California, Citrix announced the general availability of Citrix CloudStack™ 3, the first release of the market-leading open source cloud platform under the Citrix brand. CloudStack is already the world's most successful platform for public clouds, generating over US$1 billion in revenue for more than 85 large scale production clouds, including some of the biggest brands in the industry. With the new CloudStack 3 release, Citrix brings the power of true Amazon-style clouds to customers of all sizes.
For the first time, enterprise customers who want to build clouds the way the world's most successful clouds are built, can quickly and easily transform virtualized data centre resources into automated, elastic, self-service clouds.
Citrix CloudStack is a key component of the Citrix cloud computing portfolio, providing customers with solutions that make it easy to build new clouds, connect to existing cloud services, and deliver any cloud with the best security, performance and reliability. The Cloud Era is built on a completely different set of assumptions than past generations of IT, and many of the exceptions from the PC Era now represent the norm in the Cloud Era. This is forcing enterprise IT organisations to reevaluate IT strategies, causing them to search for lower costs, greater capacity and improved agility. The Citrix cloud portfolio is designed to help customers accelerate this Cloud Era innovation by making inexpensive compute power accessible to anyone, allowing people to work from anywhere, on any device, and enhancing business agility.
Since its introduction, CloudStack has rapidly become the leading commercial open source platform for building, managing and delivering highly scalable infrastructure-as-a-service clouds for a wide range of customers such as Datapipe, Edmunds.com, IDC Frontier, Nokia Research and Zynga.
CloudStack is designed to ensure organisations can build production cloud environments on a platform designed for economics, elasticity and scale. It is not a traditional enterprise server virtualization platform with cloud-like management layers on top. Rather, it was designed from the ground up as an open, multi-hypervisor platform to help customers build public and private clouds the way the world's most innovative clouds are built – simple, automated, elastic, scalable and efficient.
New capabilities in CloudStack 3 focus on openness, flexibility and completeness and include:
Cloud-optimised virtualization platform: While maintaining a strong commitment to being hypervisor agnostic with support for leading platforms such as KVM, OVM, vSphere and Xen®, CloudStack 3 includes a cloud-optimised version of Citrix XenServer® 6 as a core integrated feature. With four of the top five world's largest public clouds in production (Amazon, Rackspace, GoGrid, Softlayer) leveraging XenServer® or Xen® as the virtualization platform of choice, this unification brings unparalleled new levels of scale, manageability, security, multi-tenancy, and virtual switching integration that is currently unavailable in traditional enterprise virtualization solutions from other leading vendors.
Network-as-a-Service integration: As Networking-as-a-Service (NaaS) becomes a key differentiator for providers looking to deliver advanced enterprise solutions in the cloud, CloudStack 3 now provides tight integration with Citrix NetScaler®, delivering a fast, secure, reliable cloud experience for an estimated 75% of all Internet users each day. CloudStack supports NetScaler SDX™ and VPX™ appliances, and makes it easy to extend network level integration to products like Citrix CloudBridge™ and Citrix CloudGateway™. This brings virtual networking to a new level, ensuring increased security, performance and connectivity between public and private clouds.
Built-in network services catalogue: In addition to NetScaler integration, CloudStack continues to build upon its rich and flexible network offerings by enabling service providers to upsell network services through the creation of custom catalogues of network service options. This capability, a first among cloud platform providers, enables cloud administrators to follow a cloud implementation model that best fits their environment and workloads.
Simple user interface: Citrix has long been known for its focus on delivering simple, consumer-like experiences for end-users. The new CloudStack 3 release reflects this focus with a simple, out-of-the-box user experience that enables even novice cloud users to quickly build, launch and manage their own workloads in the cloud. The combination of self-service administration, coupled with advanced orchestration and automation, enables new IT services to be delivered in minutes, instead of weeks.
OpenStack Swift integration: CloudStack 3 new supports Swift, the OpenStack object-storage technology for creating redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of standardised servers to store petabytes of accessible data.
Citrix Ready for the cloud – building the world's largest cloud computing ecosystem
Citrix is also unveiling a Citrix Cloud Community Programme, which introduces over 2,200 products and services that are Citrix Ready® verified to work with Citrix cloud solutions. The Programme showcases hundreds of leading technology companies and service providers who are partnering with Citrix to build the largest cloud computing ecosystem in the industry. For more information, please visit the community page.
CloudStack.org – The open source cloud computing user community
Since the acquisition of Cloud.com by Citrix in 2011, the CloudStack.org open source community has experienced a 4 x growth in user engagement, with more than 25,000 cloud builders around the world now signed up as active members of the CloudStack.org community. Within the past year, the open source CloudStack product has been downloaded over 60,000 times and is currently averaging a 5 x increase in monthly downloads. For more information, please visit: http://www.cloudstack.org
Citrix at Cloud Connect 2012
Attendees at Cloud Connect 2012 will have the opportunity during the keynotes to hear from CloudStack customers such as Datapipe, Edmunds.com, Nokia Research and Zynga. These customers will give a detailed account of how they were able to leverage Citrix cloud technologies to transform the way they are managing, delivering and consuming IT services via the cloud. Check out this blog from Citrix vice president of corporate marketing, Kim DeCarlis, for a full list of Citrix events at Cloud Connect.
CloudStack 3 beta is available today for download here. A full production version will be available this quarter.
Sameer Dholakia, group vice president and GM, Cloud Platforms Group, Citrix
"Built correctly, cloud computing delivers higher efficiency, limitless scale and faster deployment of new services to the end-user. This changes the economics of the data centre by shifting the delivery of IT resources to an on-demand model. As a result of tight integration with the Citrix cloud portfolio, our customers gain access to an unparalleled set of cloud virtualization, orchestration and networking solutions. Not only are these solutions best-in-class individually and optimised to run collectively, but they're also designed to work with the hardware, software and management products customers have already deployed."
Eirikur Hrafnsson, founder and CEO, GreenQloud
"As a pioneer in the green cloud computing space it only made sense for us to select CloudStack, a leader in the free and open source software movement for cloud computing. We tried several IaaS solutions while we developed our strategy, but it was the simplicity and quick time-to-market that CloudStack could deliver that attracted us to Citrix. Our visions for the public cloud aligned nicely, and coupled with the performance, reliability and security capabilities of CloudStack made our decision extremely easy."
Ichiro Nakayama, Director of Business Development, IDC Frontier
"The enhancements in CloudStack 3, as well as the extensive ecosystem Citrix provides, will not only enable further enforcements to our public cloud services, but provide a strong opportunity for our business customers to shift to the next level in leveraging hybrid cloud environments."
· Video: Building a Cloud Business with Citrix
· Expert Blog: Connecting to the Cloud
· Expert Blogs on CloudStack 3 from Citrix partners:
o Puppet Labs
· Announcement: New Citrix CloudPortal Turns Clouds into Profitable Businesses
· Announcement: Citrix CloudGateway Delivers End User Computing for the Cloud Era
· Announcement: Citrix NetScaler CloudConnectors Extend Network Fabric to "Last Mile" Cloud Services
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