Why You Should Use a CloudStack Consultant to Implement Your Cloud Solution?

Last week in our blog post, Fundamentals of Building a Successful Cloud, we discussed the deliverables you should consider when implementing a cloud solution. In today’s blog post we have outlined the phases that Appcore walks through in order to implement the perfect cloud solution for our service provider clients.

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Fundamentals of Building a Successful Cloud

As a service provider, offering cloud services is another way to add new products to your portfolio while also adding value to your current solutions. Now that you have made the decision to add cloud services, you may be asking yourself “What do I need to do in order to start offering cloud to my enterprise customers?” Below we have outlined the next steps and deliverables you should consider to build a successful cloud and the importance of each component.

Often times Appcore gets asked about the components needed to build a successful cloud and why it is necessary to develop these before discussing cloud architecture. As CloudStack consultants we believe that defining the business, technology and operational areas and the deliverable for each within your organization enable us to design your infrastructure to support your goals. Without these we can not customize your cloud to support the products and services you intend to provide.

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What’s the Difference Between Public and Private Cloud Architecture?

Often times we are asked by service providers, “what is the difference between public and private clouds from an architecture perspective?” So we thought we would use this as an opportunity to address this question.

Public and private clouds are similar; both utilize the same CPU, memory, and storage resources to provide a fault tolerant platform for deploying virtual machines. The underlying orchestration engines, such as CloudStack or OpenStack, pay no mind to architectural design. After all, the main benefit of cloud architecture is the fact that regardless of which domain the cloud will be deployed in, the underlying hardware requirements are the same and span the gamut of available hardware for each individual component of the cloud infrastructure.

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Understand the Reasons to Invest in Cloud as a Service Provider

Below is an excerpt from our eBook: How to Build a Cloud Business

Cloud computing solutions help companies access innovations in a rapidly changing environment. The technology landscape is continuously changing and it’s easy to fall behind the times, especially when you’re
locked into infrastructure that you own and maintain. Sure, you invest in hardware improvements, but can they ever truly be competitive with others in your industry that continue to have access to the latest and
greatest technology can offer?

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Appcore Develops Monitoring Plugin for CloudStack Platform

Understanding the performance data of your cloud is vital for any environment. This data can help you analyze the root cause of an issue and can even help you know when its the right time to expand your cloud infrastructure. However, sometimes this information is hard to find through the platform orchestration interface.

Both Apache CloudStack and OpenStack do not provide this data natively and currently third-party solutions are limited and do not fully integrate into the cloud environment. Since this was a feature that many of our service provider customers were requesting, Appcore analyzed the CloudStack roadmap and determined it wasn’t a feature that was going to be added this year.

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