Citrix has released CloudStack 3, the latest version of its cloud computing platform for private clouds, adding features that enable customers to build and operate Amazon-style clouds of their own, according to the firm.
Currently available in beta, the full production build of CloudStack 3 is set for release later this quarter, and is the first new version of the CloudStack software since Citrix acquired developer Cloud.com last year.
Citrix said the new release brings the power of Amazon-style clouds to customers of all sizes, enabling them to transform datacentre resources into self-service private clouds with advanced orchestration, automation and self-service support.
New in CloudStack 3 is the inclusion of Citrix XenServer 6 as a core feature, plus integration with the firm's NetScaler WAN optimisation technology to accelerate links out to public cloud infrastructure.
CloudStack is still a cross-platform framework that can support multiple hypervisors including KVM, Xen and vSphere, but the inclusion of Citrix's own XenServer 6 provides customers with a cloud-optimised server for hosting virtual machines, Citrix said.
Released last year, XenServer 6 is based on the latest Xen 4.1 hypervisor and has built-in support for network virtualisation via Open vSwitch.
CloudStack 3 also provides tight integration with Citrix NetScaler, making it easier for customers to extend their networks to public clouds using tools such as Citrix CloudBridge, the firm said.
"With tight integration with the Citrix cloud portfolio, our customers gain access to a set of cloud virtualisation, orchestration and networking solutions that are optimised to run collectively, but also designed to work with the hardware, software and management products customers already have deployed," said Sameer Dholakia, vice president of Cloud Platforms at Citrix.
Other features in CloudStack 3 include support for service catalogues, enabling cloud computing service providers to offer network services to customers, plus a simplified user interface for self-service provisioning.
Citrix also announced the Citrix Cloud Community Programme, which showcases products and services that are verified to work with Citrix-based clouds. Over 2,200 products and services are already listed, according to the firm.
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