Distributed File Systems:
Ceph vs Gluster vs Nutanix

In the new world of cloud computing, storage is one of the most difficult problems to solve. Cloud storage needs to easily scale out, while keeping the cost of scaling as low as possible, without sacrificing reliability or speed and avoiding the inevitable failure of hardware as storage scales up.  Three of the most innovative storage platform technologies are entirely software based and run on commodity hardware as distributed file systems.

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Join Appcore at the Upcoming 14th Cloud Expo New York at No Charge

Appcore is exhibiting at the upcoming Cloud Expo in New York from June 10-13. CEO Jeff Tegethoff and Krishna Subramanian, VP, Product Marketing, Cloud Platforms Group at Citrix will be discussing the benefits of Citrix CloudPlatform for service providers. 

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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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