Citrix Cloud Platform Powered by Apache

By CIOReview | Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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FREMONT, CA: Cloud platform is something that is vital in this technical era wherein enterprises are much concerned about security and privacy issues. Many companies like Google and Citrix have come up with their cloud orchestration platform to quickly and efficiently build a future-proofed cloud.

Citrix Cloud Platform is powered by Apache CloudStack, and efficiently orchestrates both traditional enterprise and cloud-native application workloads within a single unified cloud management platform. It was in April 2012, Citrix has donated its cloud platform to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and also relicensed it under Apache’s name, reports Chris Duckett for ZDNet. Exactly after two years in an interview to ZDNet Sameer Dholakia, VP and GM for cloud platforms, Citrix group told that the Apache’s takeover of Citrix’s Cloud brought a favorable effect on the health and vitality of the project.

“Working in Apache, we found it great. We wanted to be the Apache of cloud — there's Apache Hadoop, there's Apache web server, there's Apache Tomcat — these guys have created standards in open source time and again over a long period,” says Dholakia.

According to Dholakia, Citrix has tried a true formula called code rules for relicensing its cloud platform in a developer centric way. He has noted several reasons for Citrix’s shift to ASF like Xen being driven by Citrix and less chances that a vendor can influence or control the project.

"If you are familiar with Apache, you have to vote on the releases, and you can overrule if there is a majority vote, you could still go for it if someone put a minus one, but good community practice is go figure out why they put minus one, and fix it,” adds Dholakia.

However Dholakia considers integrating with such a code focused company as a lack of marketing expertise. He asserts that cloud and mobile go hand in hand. "I think that fundamentally, our view is that mobile and clouds are two highly related and reinforcing trends. HTML5 unlocks greater opportunity for mobility, and by virtue of that unlocking of greater mobility, it's going to drive more workflow on the back-end of a big cloud, and thus it gets us," states Dholakia.