Apache CloudStack 4.15 arrives with a new web interface, improvements and more

Apache CloudStack

The new version of the cloud platform "Apache CloudStack 4.15" has already been released and in this new version various changes and implementations are highlighted such as the new web interface, as well as improvements to vSphere storage support, among other things.

For those who are unfamiliar with Apache CloudStack should know that this is a platform that allows to automate the deployment, setup and maintenance of private, hybrid or public cloud infrastructure (IaaS, infrastructure as a service).

The CloudStack platform was transferred to the Apache Foundation by Citrix, which received the project following the acquisition of Cloud.com. The installation packages are prepared for CentOS and Ubuntu.

Cloudstack does not depend on the type of hypervisor and allows to use Xen (XCP-ng, XenServer / Citrix Hypervisor and Xen Cloud Platform), KVM, Oracle VM (VirtualBox) and VMware on the same cloud infrastructure. A web interface and a special API are provided to manage the user base, storage, compute and network resources.

In the simplest case, a CloudStack-based cloud infrastructure consists of a control server and a set of compute nodes, in which the guest operating system runs in virtualization mode.

Apache CloudStack 4.15 Key New Features

In this new version presented one of the most important changes is that a new web interface is offered by default, although the ability to use the old interface is still preserved and is left as an option that is planned to be removed in version 4.16.

Another change that stands out is in the tools to use the storage of vSphere in which support for VMware, vSAN, VMFS6, vVols storage policies have been added and VMware storage clusters.

Besides that templates added to deploy VMware virtual machines with full support for parameters passed in OVF files and a noVNC console is integrated for faster access to virtual machine consoles.

Also featured in this new version of Apache CloudStack 4.15 on support for CentOS 8, Ubuntu 20.04 and XCP-ng 8.1 distributions, as well as MySQL 8 DBMS and added support for the Redfish standard, which defines a RESTful interface for remote infrastructure management.

Of the other changes that stand out of this new version of Apache CloudStack 4.15

  • The projects have implemented support for role-based user rights management (RBAC).
  • Added additional tools for storage management.
  • Added support for guest virtual machines.
  • For L2 networks, PVLAN support is implemented.
  • Added ability to boot into hardware configurator in BIOS (VMware).
  • A service has been proposed to configure the root disk.

Finally if you want to know more about it of this new released version, you can check the details In the following link.

How to install Apache CloudStack on Linux?

For those interested in being able to install Apache CloudStack pYou can do it by following the instructions we share below.

Apache CloudStack offers ready-made installation packages for RHEL / CentOS and Ubuntu. So to download them we are going to open a terminal and execute the following in it.

For Ubuntu:

wget http://download.cloudstack.org/ubuntu/dists/focal/4.15/pool/cloudstack-agent_4.15.0.0~focal_all.deb 
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/ubuntu/dists/focal/4.15/pool/cloudstack-common_4.15.0.0~focal_all.deb
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/ubuntu/dists/focal/4.15/pool/cloudstack-docs_4.15.0.0~focal_all.deb
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/ubuntu/dists/focal/4.15/pool/cloudstack-integration-tests_4.15.0.0~focal_all.deb
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/ubuntu/dists/focal/4.15/pool/cloudstack-management_4.15.0.0~focal_all.deb
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/ubuntu/dists/focal/4.15/pool/cloudstack-marvin_4.15.0.0~focal_all.deb
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/ubuntu/dists/focal/4.15/pool/cloudstack-usage_4.15.0.0~focal_all.deb

After downloading these packages, we can install them by executing the following command in the terminal:

sudo dpkg -i cloudstack*.deb

Now in the case of CentOS 8, the packages to download are the following:

wget http://download.cloudstack.org/centos/8/4.15/cloudstack-agent-
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/centos/8/4.15/cloudstack-baremetal-agent-
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/centos/8/4.15/cloudstack-cli-
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/centos/8/4.15/cloudstack-common-
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/centos/8/4.15/cloudstack-integration-tests-
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/centos/8/4.15/cloudstack-management-
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/centos/8/4.15/cloudstack-marvin-
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/centos/8/4.15/cloudstack-mysql-ha-
wget http://download.cloudstack.org/centos/8/4.15/cloudstack-usage-

After downloading these packages, we can install them by executing the following command in the terminal:

sudo rpm -i cloudstack*.rpm

For other Debian or CentOS / RHEL-based distributions, you can follow the instructions provided In the following link.

But the only detail is that the new version has not yet been made available by these methods.

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