Release: Citrix CloudPlatform 3.0.3

Last week Citrix released version 3.0.3 of its CloudPlatform, based on Apache Cloudstack.

3.0.3 is a minor release but includes a couple of interesting improvements in the following areas:

  • Amazon Compatibility
  • High Availability
  • XenServer Management
  • Cisco Nexus 1000v support

Quoting from the press release:

Overview of Major New Features

Secure Console Access on XenServer
With the addition of Secure Console feature in CloudPlatform 3.0.3, users can now securely access the VM consoles on the XenServer hypervisor.

Stopped VM
CloudStack now supports creating a VM without starting it on the backend.

Uploading an Existing Volume to a Virtual Machine
Existing data can now be made accessible to a virtual machine. This is called uploading a volume to the VM. For example, this is useful to upload data from a local file system and attach it to a VM.

Dedicated High-Availability Hosts
One or more hosts can now be designated for use only by high-availability (HA) enabled VMs that are restarted due to a host failure.

Enhanced Support for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud API
Fidelity with the EC2 API and the installation experience for this functionality are both enhanced.

Support for Cisco Nexus 1000v
In addition to standard vSwitch, CloudStack now supports Cisco Nexus 1000v for virtual network configuration in VMware vSphere deployments.