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  • Creation or important update: 02/08/12
  • Minor correction: 02/08/12

Stratuslab : complete IaaS cloud distribution

This software was developed (or is under development) within the higher education and research community. Its stability can vary (see fields below) and its working state is not guaranteed.
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  • System: UNIX-like, Windows, MacOS X
  • Current version: v2.0 - 25 June 2012
  • License(s): Other - Apache-2, AGPL
  • Status: stable release
  • Support: maintained, ongoing development
  • Designer(s): StratusLab Collaboration (CNRS, UCM, GRNET, SixSq, TID, et TCD)
  • Contact designer(s):
  • Laboratory, service: IBCP, LAL, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), GRNET (Athens, Greece), SixSq (Geneva, Switzerland), Telef├│nica I+D (Madrid, Spain), Trinity College Dublin (Dublin, Irland)


General software features

logo stratuslab
The distribution contains all of the necessary for deploying an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud: network, storage, and virtual machine management. Moreover, it provides innovative features like the Marketplace that facilitates sharing of virtual appliances, service management that allows deployment and autoscaling of multi-machine services, and support for multi-cloud scenarios. The distribution supports multiple operating systems (CentOS 6.2, Fedora16, and OpenSuSE 12.1) and is ideal for both public and private cloud deployments. The StratusLab client, written in Python, provides a simple command line interface to access to StratusLab cloud infrastructures from GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows machines.

Source code for the distribution can be found on GitHub.

Context in which the software is used

StratusLab is used at LAL to provide one of the StratusLab reference cloud infrastructures, a public cloud open to anyone for non-commercial use. The other StratusLab reference cloud is operated by GRNET in Greece. LAL also operates a second, private cloud infrastructure for deployment of laboratory services; existing services are gradually being migrated to this cloud infrastructure.

CNRS/IBCP operates a StratusLab cloud to support bioinformatics research and services. This public cloud infrastructure is available to users of the ReNaBi network. A portal, customized for bioinformatics users, facilitates use of the IBCP cloud and simplifies access to relevant virtual appliances and databases.

There are also commercial deployments of the StratusLab cloud distribution that support software engineering processes (such as deployment of ESA's SCOS-2000 platform) and scientific use (like the Atos Helix Nebula cloud infrastructure).

Publications related to the software

All of the related publications of the project are available from :

The chapter of the book "European Research Activities in Cloud Computing" contains a general description of the StratusLab project and its cloud distribution.