Eucalyptus: We're the Amazon of private cloud companies

By Brandon Butler, Network World |  Cloud Computing, Eucalyptus, private cloud

Mosaik is the ideal sort of customer Eucalyptus is going after: one of the thousands of customers that Amazon Web Services has attracted that is now looking for cloud-like features behind its own firewall. Mosaik tests and develops new features and products on its private cloud, then when they're ready to go into production, the company deploys them in Amazon's cloud. Because the architecture of the company's on-premise private cloud is similar to that of Amazon's cloud, Bozeman says it doesn't require massive re-engineering to redeploy applications to AWS.

Eucalyptus released the newest version of its cloud management platform, 3.2, this week, as part of an effort to make a splash at Amazon's show. Eucalyptus officials have been roaming the event this week, hosting parties, trying to get their name out to AWS users, and more broadly, looking to stake their flag in the private cloud market.

The new release

Born from a research project developed by Eucalyptus CTO Rich Wolski at the University of California Santa Barbara campus, Eucalyptus has gone through a transition during the past 18 months, says Mickos, who is former CEO of MySQL, which was sold to Sun Microsystems for $1 billion. Last year Eucalyptus only issued two official releases of its open source cloud management platform. Version 3.2 is already the third major feature release this year, and has been preceded by at least four other smaller releases.

"To me, that's huge," says Mickos. "Our engineering team has been on fire."

It's not only the internal Eucalyptus team that is driving those code releases, he says, but the community around the open source product is robust as well, with users requesting and submitting code updates. Mickos says the more consistent release cycle fosters more community involvement and engagement, plus a constantly updated and improved product.

The company's newest code includes updates around both usability and back-end efficiencies. "3.2 is a usability release," Mickos says, noting the ability to now spin up a Eucalyptus cloud in 20 minutes, along with a new GUI. Combined with those are fixes for "tricky bugs" in the code around supporting high availability, node controlling and improving support for Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) and VMware's ESX hypervisors in the product. "Eucalyptus is softer on the outside and harder on the inside," Mickos says.

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