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Apache CloudStack Weekly News - 18 March 2013

Big news this week: Apache CloudStack has passed major milestones towards graduation, major progress on bugs against 4.1.0, discussions about integrating the Palo Alto firewall with CloudStack, and getting Eclipse and Maven to play nice for developers. Some interesting posts from members of the Apache CloudStack community as well.

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Major Discussions

CloudStack Getting Closer to Graduation

Chip Childers notified the project that the graduation resolution has passed the IPMC vote. With the votes passed, it's now up to the Apache Software Foundation board to discuss. The next board meeting is on March 20th, though it's unclear whether the IPMC vote was finalized in time for the matter to be discussed during this meeting.

Eclipse and Maven Working Together

Alex Huang wrote last week that he's made some changes to "help developers with better productivity." To put it succinctly, Alex found that there are better ways to build CloudStack using Eclipse and Maven together, and has written a script to help developers speed up their tools. The procedure and new impatient profile should be documented on the wiki soon.

Palo Alto

Will Stevens brought up a topic about integrating the Palo Alto firewall with CloudStack:

The problem I am running into right now is that Palo Alto does not allow any two interfaced to have the same IP (even if they are in different zones, vrs, vsys and vlans). This is an issue because CloudStack supports each account having their own private IP ranges and two accounts can use the same private IP range. For example, by default if you create a network with source nat and you do not specify any gateway or subnet data, it will give you as an IP range. This means it will be very likely that two CloudStack accounts will be using the same private IP space.

Alex replied, "There is a mode in CloudStack that only allows non-intersecting cidrs for guest networks. It was introduced specifically because many physical network devices do not expect cidrs to intersect even when it's on different VLANs."

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CloudStack Planet - Posts from the CloudStack Community

Security in the Cloud and the CCSK

Sebastien Goasguen wrote about security in the cloud this week, and the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK).

SELinux + KVM + CloudStack

David Nalley blogged about getting an SELinux policy to work for CloudStack because, "I really dislike advocating for people to turn off a security mechanism to get software to work. Additionally I really want some of the advantages of sVirt."

HOWTO: Using CloudStack Resources with Puppet (Part 1)

David also started writing about using CloudStack resources with Puppet. David says he's written and talked about CloudStack resources previously, but "while cheerleading and telling people it is awesome should be enough - it really doesn't tell you how to actually use it."

LDAP Authentication in CloudStack (v4.0.1)

Kirt Jantzer wrote about LDAP Authentication in CloudStack (v4.0.1) this week.

PCExtreme Case Study

Posted to the wiki this week, a case study about PCExtreme's use of Apache CloudStack: "PCExtreme Achieves Business Agility with Apache CloudStack"

Upcoming Events


Things are looking up this week, bug-wise. Bugs have dropped in all categories, and all of the blocker and critical bugs have been assigned.

New Committers and PPMC Members

No new committers or PPMC members were announced last week.