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Cloudstack Definition

CloudStack is an open source software platform designed to position & manage cloud computing environment. It is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud computing platform. This platform is used by various service providers to offer Public cloud, Private cloud & Hybrid cloud services.

CloudStack is an open source cloud computing platform that is scalable and multi-tenant. A cloud infrastructure made up of the network, storage and compute nodes is run by CloudStack. Service providers & IT enterprises make use of all the utility provided by the platform. The platform boasts of being able to provide on-demand cloud computing services in the form of a self-service virtual machine to users, the reason why service providers show a high demand for the product.

CloudStack is constantly being developed to enable the users to build and function in the public cloud, private cloud or hybrid clouds with potential parallel to Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).  CloudStack can be employed to deploy private, public and cloud solutions, and it counts on hypervisors like KVM, XenServer, VMware vSphere, and Oracle VM for setting up virtual machines. The API and support for AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and S3 APIs, is provided by CloudStack.

CloudStack contends with open source opponents like OpenStack and Eucalyptus in the cloud computing market. CloudStack stemmed from the project but was acquired by Citrix in 2011 and in the year 2012 Citrix passed the hat to an organization called the Apache Software Foundation.


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