Citrix has extended support for its newly acquired CloudStack platform to the VMware vSphere hypervisor, allowing CloudStack's free open source cloud computing software to support vSphere virtualised servers.
CloudStack is designed for private cloud deployments and service providers, and allows companies to pool physical systems to create and manage on-premise cloud computing services.The system comes in free open source or commercial versions.
Citrix cited CloudStack as a factor in its decision to acquire parent company Cloud.com in July.
Peder Ulander, vice president of product marketing for Citrix cloud platforms, told V3 that the addition of VMware compatibility will help to bring customers from virtualised infrastructure to cloud systems.
"We have seen a number of VMware customers interested in what CloudStack can do on top of vSphere. This was an opportunity to jump at, given that there is significant interest in the cloud for VMware customers," he said.
Citrix also plans to add support for Oracle VM and Microsoft Hyper V in the coming months. Ulander noted that extending support for the major hypervisor platforms is a key part of the company's CloudStack plans.
"One of the things people forget is that 70 per cent of the enterprises out there will have a dual-hypervisor strategy," he said.
"What this enables them to do is maintain that strategy yet build a unified cloud for easier management and consistency across their IT infrastructure."
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