5 things we love/hate about private cloud management tools

Novell Cloud Manager delivers comprehensive set of management features for creating and running private clouds. Citrix LabManager with Self Service Portal comes in second.

Novell Cloud Manager

Novell Cloud Manager does an excellent job of showing the monthly cost of a provisioned server, making it easy to determine the cost of the private cloud service, and making it possible to charge business units for using the cloud compute infrastructure.

With Cloud Manager, IT managers have access to a dashboard that allows them to view everything from RAM and CPU usage to service levels to templates for individual workloads.

cloud.com

While a bit more Spartan than Novell's Cloud Manager, cloud.com delivered a management interface with familiar tabs on the top and useful features throughout.

With Citrix Lab Manager/Self Service Portal and Novell Cloud Manager, we could use an instance in a Web browser to manage our private cloud.

Citrix LabManager and SSP has all of the usage details you could possibly ask for. This information is key when it comes to billing and chargeback.

We found that trying to install Eucalyptus Enterprise was difficult. Our recommendation: if you're thinking about deploying EE, let Eucalyptus support people do it.

We had some trouble with cloud.com. Sometimes an incorrect total number of VMs was reported after a failed instance creation.

OpenNebula

OpenNebula's text file configuration didn't make installing and operating the software easy.

Make one wrong move and you have to start the whole install again.

Citrix

Citrix's billing report tracked resources well, but we'd have liked a currency selector and denominator for the full here's-your-bill effect.

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