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LeaseWeb has deployed a CloudStack-based private cloud service in Germany

LeaseWeb has deployed a CloudStack-based private cloud service in Germany

Hosting, cloud and colocation service provider LeaseWeb has expanded its presence in Germany with the launch of a CloudStack-based flat fee private cloud service. The platform, originally launched in the US last year, is hosted in its Tier III datacentre in Frankfurt. The move may be a sign CloudStack is still gaining traction among service providers at a time when industry marketeers seem laser focused on its open source rival OpenStack.

The private cloud service includes “unlimited” cloud instance deployment options, SDN-based load balancers and firewalls, is fully redundant, and boasts a number of other features the company said would appeal to more “tech-savvy cloud users.”

The service is billed on a flat fee basis rather than pay as you go, a move the company said simplifies cost forecasting for enterprises.

Herke Plantenga, managing director of LeaseWeb’s local subsidiary said Germany is a key market for the company and an important step to the company’s rollout globally.

“The platform will provide customers high performance, high flexibility, and cost-efficiency, while fully meeting German data residency requirements. Together with the comprehensive amount of features, this offering will allow German customers to establish fully customized private cloud solutions at public cloud price levels,” Plantenga said.

He said the company aims to have the platform rolled out globally by the end of this year, including in Singapore and the US West Coast – where the company is currently building out new datacentre capacity.

He also explained that the company intends to maintain close ties to the open source community driving CloudStack, an open source project rivaling OpenStack and backed largely by virtualisation incumbent Citrix.

“The private cloud offering launched in Germany today is packed with an extensive amount of innovative features,” said Plantenga. “The strong ties LeaseWeb engineers maintain with the Apache open source community will ensure ongoing innovation, as well as the addition of new features that meet evolving client customer needs.”

CloudStack on the rise with service providers?

While OpenStack seems to be gathering the lion’s share of attention from the developer community, IT incumbents, and tech marketing machines more broadly, which has prompted some to openly question the relevance of CloudStack, some analysts have suggested CloudStack still has an edge over its open source cloud orchestration rival.

“Despite all of the marketing OpenStack backers are doing we still believe CloudStack is favoured by service providers, due in part to the way all of the tools are tied together. It’s just a bit more seamless, less clunky and bulky than OpenStack,” said Roy Illsley, a senior analyst at Ovum.

“The installation tools are more robust with CloudStack; it’s a bit more focused as a whole offering, and more complete than OpenStack, with better documentation,” he added.

Illsley, an IT industry veteran of nearly 25 years, told BCN that while OpenStack deployments are growing at a faster rate than CloudStack deployments (OpenStack – 500+, CloudStack – 250+ is the current tally), CloudStack deployments are generally much larger than those found among OpenStack users. Service providers like BT, GoDaddy, Datapipe, and NetApp are among those using CloudStack to stand up their cloud platforms.

“OpenStack deployments are more numerous, but they’re typically much smaller. They have room to grow. But CloudStack seems to be winning more traction with service providers, as a greater proportion of deployments are with CSPs than is the case with OpenStack,” he said.