Why Did Appcore Choose Citrix and CloudStack over OpenStack?

In our last couple of blog post, we have compared both the CloudStack and OpenStack projects and discussed the underlying technology. Our goal as a cloud software management provider is to arm you with the tools to determine which orchestration is best for you as a service provider. In an effort to provide the most stable and reliable platform possible to our customers, we were compelled to compare the best of breed solutions in the market, CloudStack and OpenStack, to fully understand the pros and cons of each before making a commitment to a single platform.

Appcore's Conclusion

At first Appcore’s infrastructure was architected using Apache CloudStack as the foundation and OpenStack Swift as an optional object storage provider. There was also significant research and development aimed at bringing full OpenStack support to the Appcore AMP software. Over time, as Appcore transformed from an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform company to a software company, our architecture design progressed and evolved. Eventually, the benefits of committing to CloudStack, outweighed the need to support all open source orchestration and was a necessity in order to continue to compete.

As part of Appcore’s commitment to CloudStack we bring years of experience to each deployment. With customers running continuously since 2010, we have a broad range of experience with maintenance, upgrades, and troubleshooting/issue resolution. This is evident in our ability to architect cloud environments for our customers and provide the necessary support to ensure they are operating effectively and efficiently.

Citrix Commercial Backing

When Citrix purchased Cloud.com, it was validation to the cloud market and to Appcore that Citrix was committing to develop an orchestration layer for service providers and enterprises. Again, Citrix showed commitment by backing the Apache CloudStack project and currently provides 50-60% of the developers to keep the project moving forward.

Not only does Citrix provide support for the Apache CloudStack community, but they also support their third-party vendors through partner programs, training and certifications. Citrix also provides a commercial distribution of CloudStack, known as Citrix CloudPlatform™ that includes patches, additional integrations and support.

In March of 2014, Appcore participated in the Citrix Ready Verification program, which helps customers identify solutions that are recommended to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix. Appcore AMP completed the rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix CloudPlatform, providing confidence in joint solution compatibility.

Businesses need tools to manage both legacy and cloud-native workloads running in public and private clouds,” said Krishna Subramanian, VP of Product Marketing, CloudPlatforms’ Group at Citrix. “Appcore AMP provides a single management and monitoring interface for both workloads in any type of cloud, enabling Citrix CloudPlatform customers to further simplify manual processes without removing control.”

Citrix’s commitment to the Apache CloudStack community and support for third-party vendors with certification and training made it an easy decision for Appcore to continue building our strategic partnership.

Citrix’s commitment to the Apache CloudStack community and to service providers is only one part of the equation. Everyone knows that OpenStack has a “BIG” brand within the market and gets a lot of marketing hype but we challenge you to dig down a little further and talk to the cloud architects deploying cloud and ask them which they would prefer to use and we are sure you will hear Cloudstack far more often than not. Even corporate giants like Disney, Apple (yes you read those right) Softlayer and countless others use Clouststack everyday as their underlying architecture; which says something in and of itself.

That being said, there are several reasons why we at Appcore chose Cloudstack including how simple it is to set up a cloud, and the continuous influence  our developers have within the community are just a few.

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