Observations from 11th NGSDP Experts Talk

On 22nd April 2016 the 11th Experts Talk on Next Generation Service Delivery Platforms (NGSDP) was held at the Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin. The purpose of the event is to bring together thought-leaders in the area of Next Generation Services to discuss the state of the art in the field. Continue reading

Open source Billing support for CloudStack with Cyclops

Last week the ICCLab’s RCB Initiative released a new Cyclops code base with added support for CloudStack platform. Until last week’s release Cyclops came with native support for OpenStack only. Now Cyclops’ Dashboard can properly associate CloudStack user account details and the Cyclops UDR micro-service can pull CloudStack meters list and associated usage data for further processing by the framework.  Lets take a quick look of this new feature in this demo.

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Cloudstack support and Event based billing in Cyclops

The RCB initiative is happy to announce that Cyclops, our Rating-Charging-Billing solution for Cloud providers, now supports Cloudstack framework as well as external application specific Event based rating, charging and billing. Not only that, we now have a cool logo as well.

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There are several novel features in the pipeline, and as the RCB initiative now has more researchers on board, one can expect to see a faster development and release cycle.

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Orchestrating IMS – Project Clearwater on CloudStack using Heat and Hurtle

Project Clearwater is an open source implementation of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) developed for scalable deployment in the cloud to provide voice, video and messaging services. There has been  work done before on orchestrating Clearwater in OpenStack using Cloudify. We, in cooperation with our partner – Citrix, present orchestration of this system in Apache CloudStack using OpenStack Heat with our recent plugin. Continue reading

OpenStack Heat plugin for Apache CloudStack

This blog post presents a plugin for OpenStack Heat which adds support for Apache CloudStack resources and thus enables a template-based orchestration on CloudStack using Heat. As this plugin extends the standard Heat’s resource type list it can also be used within our Hurtle orchestrator for providing your application as a service or any other application underlying on Heat. This work follows from our earlier work in which we developed a Heat plugin for SDC. Continue reading

ACeN Begins!

Recently the ICCLab, ZHAW acquired a KTI project, ACeN – Apache CloudStack for NFV. Cloudstack is one of the front running Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platforms for cloud environment. Leveraging Network-function virtualization (NFV) as the concept of replacing dedicated network hardware with a software providing the same network functions, increases network capabilities such as service availability in the cloud. This project has now commenced and the interaction between partners Citrix, Exoscale and ZHAW. Everyone is highly engaged already and from our  perspective we’re very excited to about this work.

The ACeN project will deliver services and prototypes based on the NFV standard and Apache CloudStack. A novel hybrid load-balancing service (HLBS) will be created and and key NFV demonstrators will be prototyped. It is hybrid as it combines IP address management and load balancing into one service/function. All will follow a common architectural approach, on common technology. This work will leverage and can enable access to a market worth up to $2.4 Billion by 2018.

The majority of outputs from the project will be made open source (under ASL 2.0), including the hybrid load balancing service. Much of the work in ACeN is exploiting the research work carried out in Mobile Cloud Networking and also the Hurtle orchestration framework.

From our lab’s perspective, this project demonstrates concretely our research approach of bringing foundational research and open source impact through an innovation transfer process to Swiss SMEs.

Stay tuned for more updates!

 

4th Open Cloud Day – Highlights

ocd3The 4th Open Cloud Day, which we co-organised with The Swiss Open Users Group (/ch/open), took place earlier this week. The event held a gathering of about 120 participants, from industry and academia together. There were in total 17 talks and 3 workshop sessions.

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CloudStack: Build a Cloud Day, 25th of Sept, Geneva, Switzerland.

CloudStack: Build a Cloud Day Geneva, Switzerland. Sept 25th

Come learn about Apache CloudStack, its features, its use cases and its community.

  • 8:30-9:00 Coffee
  • 9:00-9:30 Cloud Ecosystem at the Apache Software Foundation -Sebastien Goasguen, Citrix
  • 9:30-10:10 Deploying Clouds in the Enterprise -Pierre Vacherand, Apalia
  • 10:10-10:30 Break
  • 10:30-11:10 A Swiss Cloud Provider: Exoscale -Antoine Coetsier, Exoscale
  • 11:10-11:50 The Slipstream multi-cloud broker -Marc Elian Begin, Sixsq
  • 11:50-12:20 Swiss Academic Cloud-Sergio Maffioletti, University of Zurich

12:20-13:30 Lunch

  • 13:30-14:15 Operating a Cloud -Pierre Yves Ritschard, Exoscale
  • 14:15-15:00 Combining Grid and Cloud -Mohamed Ben Belgacem, hepia
  • 15:00-15:15 Break
  • 15:15-16:00 Usage and Cost Management for Enterprise Clouds, -Fabrice Brazier, Amysta
  • 16:00-16:45 TBD
  • 16:45 – 17:30 Lightning talks from the audience

17:30-18:00 “Apero”

Sponsor: The event is sponsored by hepia, http://hepia.hesge.ch/

More information http://bacdgeneve.eventbrite.com/