Web hosting provider Datapipe announced last week that it now supports CloudStack, according to a blog post on Tuesday by Datapipe VP of cloud strategy and architecture Ed Laczynski.
With Citrix’s announcement last week, it also confirmed that it would drop its OpenStack project, Project Olympus. This move confirmed that not only is the open source cloud space getting increasingly more competitive, it may force companies to choose sides. This is already happening as Datapipe has thrown its support behind CloudStack. Laczynski says in his blog post that the decision by Citrix “ensures true openess and community governance.”
Datapipe gives many reasons for leveraging CloudStack including its AWS compatible design. Citrix announced that CloudStack would embrace AWS APIs, a move that some thought was premature since deciding that AWS is the API standard could limit cloud innovation. Datapipe says its customers want AWS compatibility and it uses AWS in its managed cloud services, CDN and storage to ensure high-level SLAs to customers. Its managed services have been available for AWS since November 2010, according to the post.
Datapipe claims its cloud portfolio is also driving hybrid cloud platforms since its AWS Direct Connect Enabled Service provides a way for existing AWS customers to grow.
Recently, Amazon partnered with infrastructure as a service provider Eucalyptus to help customers move data between private clouds and AWS.
With CloudStack, Datapipe says it is able to offer new hypervisor options to lower cost for its customers. Prior to CloudStack, Datapipe says it used VMware to manage complex private virtualization solutions. Now it offers hypervisors like KVM and Xen too.
CloudStack has proven itself at scale in real production environments, and is what Datapipe calls a “true open source platform.”
“Open platforms are key to our vision for single vendor governance – allowing us capability to ‘command and control’ the architecture in the future,” Laczynski says. “Our customers come to us for turnkey solutions, expecting quick turnaround, full management, and diverse set of options – not a ‘you only get what’s in the box’ solution.”
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