Apache CloudStack vs VMware vSphere: What are the differences?
What is Apache CloudStack? Open Source Cloud Computing. Apache CloudStack is open source software designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform.
What is VMware vSphere? Free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware. vSphere is the world’s leading server virtualization platform. Run fewer servers and reduce capital and operating costs using VMware vSphere to build a cloud computing infrastructure.
Apache CloudStack belongs to "Open Source Cloud" category of the tech stack, while VMware vSphere can be primarily classified under "Virtualization Platform".
Some of the features offered by Apache CloudStack are:
- Works with hosts running XenServer/XCP, KVM, Hyper-V, and/or VMware ESXi with vSphere
- Provides a friendly Web-based UI for managing the cloud
- Provides a native API
On the other hand, VMware vSphere provides the following key features:
- Powerful Server Virtualization
- Network Services
- Efficient Storage
"Apache CloudStack works" is the top reason why over 9 developers like Apache CloudStack, while over 6 developers mention "Strong host isolation" as the leading cause for choosing VMware vSphere.
Apache CloudStack is an open source tool with 754 GitHub stars and 714 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Apache CloudStack's open source repository on GitHub.
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We use VMWare vSphere to allow us to virtualise our environment. This means that we don't have to have as many physical servers to split our infrastructure as we would otherwise. vSphere also enables us to move our virtual machines between different servers as required such as if we need to perform essential maintenance on a host while keeping to our belief of having high availability of all of our services wherever possible.
vSphere provides a central management interface for the entire stack. In addition to application level redundancy, VM level redundancy is offered through HA and DRS.