Eucalyptus Launches Partner Cloud, Becomes HP Partner

As expected, Eucalyptus Systems has announced a partner program for their open source, Amazon EC2-compatible cloud platform at this week’s Eucalyptus Partner Day. Headlining the unveiling was the launch of the Eucalyptus Partner Cloud, a dedicated cluster running the platform; it's designed for service providers to develop and test their solutions. Also announced was a partnership with Hewlett-Packard to jointly develop cloud solutions. Here’s a closer look at the efforts.

The Eucalyptus Partner Program looks fairly traditional, according to the press release: there are Silver, Gold, and Platinum tiers, with each providing a heightened level of support, Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition licenses, training, and co-marketing. The Silver tier is free to join, but it doesn’t include access to the Partner Cloud.

The Partner Cloud is hosted with Coresite, Eucalyptus says, and allows for the usage of command line tools, the building and running of images, and the capability to test third-party solutions.

As for that HP deal, details are scant, but a Eucalyptus spokesperson says it will “allow customers to implement Eucalyptus's private cloud technology on optimized HP computing and storage hardware.” We’ll be keeping an eye on the HP-Eucalyptus deal going forward.

Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos told our sister site The VAR Guy that he wanted to build out their partner program in 2010, and it looks like he’s done exactly that with this move. The only question: what next for Eucalyptus?

The potential answer: Perhaps a relationship with Red Hat? During an MSPmentor meeting at Red Hat Summit on June 21, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst said he spotted Mickos at the Red Hat event...

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