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Quick Guide for Using Powershell to Control Apache Cloudstack

Intro

Controlling your Cloud environment via the Portal (GUI) is something everyone can do (assuming, of course that you know what you want to accomplish and what options you need to get the most out of your platform). A good cloud platform automates things to the greatest extent possible to help prevent human errors from happening. Automation can also help take full advantage of the scalability and flexibility of a cloud.

In this blog, I’m going to take a bit of a different approach to what most Apache Cloudstack administrators are used to working with. Our LeaseWeb engineers usually script their actions on the Cloud using Cloudmonkey, a useful tool that provides all of the features an administrator would need. But instead of using Linux and Cloudmonkey, I want to approach things from a different angle. I will focus on Windows Administrators who are familiar with Powershell, and show what can be accomplished using this tool.

We will begin by connecting to Cloudstack via Powershell, list the current Instances under my account and deploy a new Instance.

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LeaseWeb: A product portfolio that meets online gaming’s many different needs

AdServing_01_FlexibilityBecause gaming companies have so many different performance and scalability requirements for online games, it’s impossible to create a one-size-fits-all infrastructure for them. Different platforms (mobile/tablet, PC and console) and different business models (Pay-to-Play, Free-to-Play, etc) mean that every gaming company has different needs when it comes to technology, scalability and performance. This is why LeaseWeb has a targeted approach towards the gaming industry and offers a full portfolio of tailored solutions in datacenters around the globe to customers including Ubisoft, Capcom, Crytek, Hi-Rez Studios and Creative Assembly. Our approach helps gaming companies balance risks and costs in order to capitalize quickly on a successful game.

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Making a true hybrid cloud solution

cloud_USP_controlHere at LeaseWeb we are always open to coming up with new solutions to technical challenges and this is where the pre-sales department comes in. My role as pre-sales engineer is to get a clear understanding of what a customer really wants to achieve and find a suitable solution with the available IT resources.

These days we have a lot of customers with many different kinds of workloads, most of which are perfectly suitable for a scalable and flexible Cloud environment. But let’s be honest, you can’t ‘cloudify’ everything (yet); some customers
have specific demands in terms of unique hardware or workloads
that run into problems when you try to virtualize them.

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