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From Mathias Mullins <>
Subject Re: CloudStack Press Article
Date Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:38:58 GMT
For the price of admission, here's what I've got:


  *   First and foremost is a Frame Work and not a completely integrated solution. Each piece
is it's own product and it's own development effort. They then rely on queues and communication
to try and work together, but that is where a lot of the work is done.
  *   The community is very fragmented. The big boys are investing in their branches and very
little into the core. Nearly a 95/5% split. Causing little growth in the core and collaboration
amongst the giants that are "contributing" to OpenStack
  *   The Integration piece is lengthy and cumbersome. Average deployment time is in the timeframe
of months, not days
  *   The functions do not include SDN, accounts, usage, and other ancillary functions. If
there is not a module for it, it does not exist and you need to find someone to do it. Thus
the large number of "partners" doing the leg work.
  *   While they have they investor companies running on it, they are still having growth
issues outside of it's own walls.


  *   Single source, one collaborative entity. You have a suite of applications that work
in harmony and developed in harmony to work together to bring you IaaS
  *   Focus on customer experience and flexibility. You want to get running in 5 hours? Cool.
You don't like our GUI? Cool, just run the same APIs on yours. You don't want a GUI? Cool,
run all API. Want to do something different, Cool, go right ahead; by the way can you look
at contributing that later on if it's a good idea?
  *   One Community, No influence. Citrix is no longer the majority of contributors, and has
no financial impact at all on the product. You don't see, "Cisco spends 20 Million on CloudStack"
because they can't. It doesn't buy them influence, credit, or any good. But their UCS cabinet
is getting fully integrated and their network pieces are becoming a part of the suite. They
Contribute, not dictate.
  *   Out of the Box is our (IMHO) BEST Feature:
     *   Compute Systems
        *   KVM (Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOS)
        *   VMware ESX (4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1)
        *   Xen / XCP / XenServer (6.0, 6.0.2, 6.1)
        *   Bare Metal
        *   I would say OVM, but someone needs to confirm if that's working again
        *   And very soon HyperV
        *   UCS Chassis integration
     *   Storage
        *   If your hypervisor supports it, we do
        *   NFS
        *   iSCSI
        *   S3 (Secondary Storage)
        *   SolidFire integration
     *   Network
        *   Cisco Integration
           *   ASA
           *   1000v
        *   F5 BIG IP Integration
        *   Juniper SRX integration
        *   Netscaler Integration
        *   SDN
     *   Software
        *   RESTful open API
        *   EC2 API passthru (think that's the right way to say it)
        *   Usage information
        *   Account and User setup and administration
        *   Account Administration and User API access
        *   Customer utilization dashboards
        *   Customer friendly GUI
        *   Real time GUI via API

And that's without getting into the IaaS pieces like Regions, dedicated resources and more.
Out-of-the-Box is what should be THE differentiator in my mind. One Tar Ball, One Setup, and
One System – One CloudStack.

OK Ramble complete. Though I can go on…

From: Geoff Higginbottom <<>>
Reply-To: "<>"
Date: Thursday, July 25, 2013 1:21 PM
To: "<>" <<>>
Subject: CloudStack Press Article


I am working on the press article for and following a submission
of a first draft ( 17,000 characters) the journalist has come back asking if I could provide
more examples of where CloudStack is better than OpenStack, or what are the features unique
to CloudStack etc.

Now I’m first to admit I’m not an OpenStack expert, so if there are any more knowledgeable
people out there could you please highlight some areas where CloudStack excels.

In addition they want a brief list of the top features of CloudStack for a ‘call out box’
etc.  As there are many great features, I am again happy to take suggestions.

Before anyone asks, I do not want to share the full text I have written so far, as that would
just result in 100 editors helpfully trying to ‘improve’ it, I hope you all understand.
 I can confirm however that I have put a very positive aspect on how excellent CloudStack
is, and once the magazine editors have approved the text I will share on this list.


Geoff Higginbottom
CTO / Cloud Architect

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