Canonical aims to make cloud orchestration a breeze with Juju

By Brandon Butler, Network World |  Cloud Computing, Canonical, Juju

SAN DIEGO -- While there are a growing number of OpenStack code distributions and more to come, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth says inefficiencies remain around being able to easily deploy and manage OpenStack clouds.

Canonical's answer to that is Juju, an open source service orchestrator that provides a simple graphical user interface (GUI) to launch and manage OpenStack-powered clouds.

Shuttleworth wants to make building clouds as easy as choosing features from a drop-down menu and connecting them. To prove it, he demoed Juju at the OpenStack Design Summit by updating an OpenStack cloud powering a production instance of WordPress from the Essex release of the code to the newest Folsom release in less than three minutes.

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Canonical, maker of Linux-based OS Ubuntu, has spent the last six months developing Juju, and Shuttleworth says it can run across any Linux OS, although he points out that Ubuntu is the leading OpenStack OS.

As an open source project, Juju is made up of "charms" that are contributed by individual developers for deploying certain features within the platform. For example, in the WordPress demonstration, Shuttleworth showed how he chose a memcached charm from a dropdown menu and plugged it into his OpenStack-powered cloud that was running a SQL server. Adding charms for identity management, storage and other features would have been just as easy to do from the dropdown menu. Users can access the system through a public cloud -- Shuttleworth was using HP's -- or deploy Juju behind a firewall.

Juju eases the deployment of cloud features from potentially taking weeks, to literally taking minutes, Shuttleworth says.

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