Eucalyptus 3.2: Enhanced Private Cloud Management?
Eucalyptus Systems has launched version 3.2 of its private and hybrid cloud computing software, which is compatible with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new release surfaces in time for AWS re:Invent — an Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) partner and customer conference this week in Las Vegas — though Talkin' Cloud has yet to confirm whether Eucalyptus plans to attend the event.
Eucaplytus competes in some ways against OpenStack and CloudStack, two other open source cloud computing platforms. But Eucalpytus has been promoting API (applications programming interface) compatibility with AWS, assuring customers and partners that they can easily migrate applications and data between Eucalyptus-based cloud and Amazon's public cloud.
Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos, formerly CEO of MySQL, has helped the company to raise about $55.5 million so far, including a $30 million series C round in April 2012. The venture capital has allowed Eucalyptus to deliver new enhancements — including Version 3.2. The company says it includes:
- Web-based Cloud User Console – A new graphical user interface enables self-service provisioning of compute, network, and storage resources.
- Enhanced Cloud Usage Reporting – Allows cloud administrators to easily understand usage of cloud resources, provide chargeback for resources consumed, and facilitate capacity planning.
- Simplified Cloud Administration – Cloud administrators gain improved logging capabilities for faster troubleshooting and issue resolution.
- Improved Cloud Robustness – Eucalyptus says cloud administrators can perform QA testing on a massive scale. One partner, App Dynamics, said its own load testing typically handles up to 6,000 concurrent connections to 20 test applications.
- JBOD Storage Adaptor – Overlays Elastic Block Store (EBS) functionality on top of raw block devices and JBODs, and provides support of AWS EBS API operations.
- EMC VNX SAN Storage Adaptor – Provides expanded SAN support for EMC VNX Series SANs for Elastic Block Store (EBS) storage, including high availability for the Eucalyptus Storage Controller, VNX snapshot support, and multi-pathing support for greater redundancy.
My big question: Does Eucalyptus plan to attend this week's big Amazon AWS re:Invent conference, which is expected to attract 5,500 partners and customers this week in Las Vegas? Talkin' Cloud is checking with Eucalyptus about its potential participation in the conference, which could be a huge stage for the private and hybrid cloud platform.