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Apache CloudStack is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering that allows researchers to quickly deploy virtual machines for research projects. This service is part of Research Computing Services's Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) and is free for all University of Calgary researchers and principal investigators.

Use cases

CloudStack allows you to create virtual machines for a wide range of workloads and use cases, including:

  • Running a internal or public facing web site
  • Running a database
  • Experiment with new software tools
  • Test out the latest release of a software package

Not sure if you need a virtual machine or a compute cluster? Is this the "Cloud"? Don't understand what we're talking about? Contact us at and we will assist you in using this service to support your research goals.

Getting access to CloudStack

If you are a researcher or principal investigator, please review our CloudStack End User Agreement and then request a CloudStack account through Service Now.

Once your account is ready, please refer to the CloudStack User Guide for details on using CloudStack.


CloudStack is a research environment and is supported as such.

Researchers have a great degree of freedom in how they use CloudStack and they are solely responsible for maintaining any VMs they deploy. The expectation is that the owners of the VMs will be patching and doing other maintenance work on a regular basis. We will be more than happy to provide guidance on this process. Contact us at for details.