ZeroStack Aims to be a ‘Self Driving Cloud’

ZeroStack is a turnkey solution that provides a private (on premises) cloud or a hybrid solution with AWS integration. I had the opportunity to hear more about this company during Tech Field Day (TFD) 13 earlier this month.

The company’s aim is to be an intelligent “hands off” cloud platform that essentially becomes self driving. According to ZeroStack CEO Ajay Gulati, there are seven layers of a self driving cloud:

  1. Automated cloud deployment & configuration
  2. Integration with other systems: clouds storage, virtualized environments and IT systems
  3. One click, template driven application deployment
  4. Real time alerts, events, and stats
  5. Self monitoring & self healing control plane
  6. Batch analysis for longer term decisions
  7. Automated zero touch upgrades

You can find more information about about what it means to be a ‘self driving cloud’ in the following video.

Currently there are three different ways to acquire ZeroStack:

  • Z-Block Cloud Appliance – this provides a turnkey hyperconverged appliance that deliver a “cloud-in-a-box.”
  • Partner hardware – currently there are validated models of Dell, HPE, SuperMicro, and Cisco UCS hardware that may be acquired.
  • BYOH – bring your own hardware! This allows you to deploy ZeroStack on your choice of supported models of hardware.

To see a demo of a ZeroStack deployment, check out the following video.

I was impressed that ZeroStack already had a partnership with AWS and is able to seamlessly integrate allowing workload deployment both on-premises and in AWS. You can read more about their hybrid cloud offering here (

Another thing that I liked was their clean, easy to read and use interface. You can watch a demo of a Hadoop deployment in the follow video and see the interface for yourself.

A point of concern for me is the lack of prioritization of VMs for high availability (HA). There did not seem to be a way to prioritize which VMs should come up first in the event of failure. Another manageability issue is that is seems HA is configure on a per-VM basis…at least that was the impression that I got from the demos. I could see this as a configuration and management nightmare in an enterprise deployment.

All in all I found ZeroStack to be quite interesting and it is a company that I will keep in eye on in the future.