Almost all modern organizations use cloud solutions and their cloud resources in their operations. However, managing cloud resources is not an easy process, which also uses an “assistant” in the form of cloud management platforms. Looking at these solutions in more detail, we can conclude that CMP OpenStack and CloudStack are the most popular solutions. But what are their similarities and differences? In this article, we will try to find out.
CloudStack – key information
CloudStack is one of the most popular solutions of cloud management platforms with open source, developed based on Java. Users note its intuitive interface and simple API. Vendors ship CloudStack as one that can support business infrastructure. For example, it helps:
- Microsoft HyperV
- Citrix XenServer
This CMP will most likely suit companies pursuing modest goals and managing a few resources. The main components included in the principle of CloudStack are a service to collect and use the cloud and the portal user interface. So what does each of these components do?
- Cloud Management Service – Coordinates virtual machine deployments, user and cloud management, and also provides volumes
- Cloud Utilization Service – calculates cloud resource usage for all accounts that CMP manages
- User Interface Portal – Used for user registration and login. It performs multiple roles and acts as the root and domain administrator
The main advantages of CloudStack are:
- A wide range of tools for deploying projects with minimal resource utilization
- More efficient delivery of infrastructure
- Transparent usage
- Visible and easy-to-use interface
- Documented APIs well
- Has support for LDAP authentication
Openstack – Key Information
Openstack is a cloud computing management platform designed for computing on both public and private clouds. It works by delivering infrastructure on top of whatever OS and applications you want to deploy. Openstack is cross-platform and is supported on both Windows and Linux, although it was previously only available on Linux. The platform has standard parameters. Typically, Openstack is the choice of those users who do not want to spend heavily on other technologies. The payment goes like this: the provider offers customers the infrastructure and charges according to usage. The basic components of OpenStack are computed modules, networking modules, and storage modules that integrate with the infrastructure, facilitating work in the cloud.
The main benefits of Openstack are:
- Improved access to IT resources and rapid deployment
- Enhances scalability and resource utilization
- Flexible vertical and horizontal scalability
- High availability for user accounts
Openstack vs. CloudStack – the main differences
What are the key differences between these two CMPs?
- Ease of use
CloudStack has always been easy to use; it offers a single centralized portal. This time, Openstack has improved this quality relatively recently. Its users experience more design difficulties.
- Different concepts
The main difference in how they work is that Openstack allows you to create building blocks from scratch, while CloudStack offers a ready-made product that is not as flexible.
- Speed of production
High speed of infrastructure deployment is a major requirement of every company, but Openstack loses out in this round to CloudStack, as it takes only a few hours to create and set up the infrastructure for use in this CMP.
- Installation Process
Installation in Openstack is one of the major challenges of a provider because you have to install individual components manually, but you also have more room for improvement. In CloudStack, the installation is self-installing. Therefore, you only need to specify your specifications.
Both providers have good security systems, although they have different encryption methods.