Eucalyptus Private Cloud, the Amazon EC2-compatible, open-source platform, has hit version 2.0 with an update that adds support for Microsoft Windows VMs, along with user group management tools designed to make it more attractive as a scalable enterprise solution. So where do MSPs potentially fit in? Here’s the lowdown.
First, we concede: We haven't heard from too many MSPs that are building private clouds -- at least not yet. But some MSPs certainly are getting started with the private cloud effort. And just about every major software and hardware company -- from Oracle to HP -- has a private cloud or SaaS strategy for partners and customers.
Something DifferentBut the private cloud market also is filled with upstarts -- such as Eucalyptus Systems, headed by former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos.
Eucalyptus says version 2.0 release supports images running Windows Server 2003, 2008 and Windows 7, along with an installed application stack.
As for the new user management tools, Eucalyptus says administrators can now define groups and allocate access rights accordingly. These groups can even be associated with specific server clusters and monitored to track cloud usage and costs.
The final new feature I want to call attention to is the SAN adaptor, new to Eucalyptus Private Cloud 2.0, which Eucalyptus says can improve I/O and allow for enhanced storage cloud performance and scalability.
Eucalyptus Systems continues to be one of the most intriguing companies in the open source cloud market, showing a too-rare mix of good business sense and open-source product that the channel seems to really want and announcing interesting partnerships with companies like GroundWork.
Recent MovesStill, plenty of companies are trying to blend cloud computing, open source and virtualization for service providers. Prime examples include:
- As part of Novell's Intelligent Workload Management (IWM) strategy, the company has partnered up with VMware on a SUSE Linux virtualization effort. Novell also continues to work closely with Microsoft on virtualization interoperability.
- At Red Hat Summit 2010 (starting June 22 in Boston), Red Hat is expected to promote Microsoft interoperability while also evangelizing Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) as a low-cost alternative to VMware and Microsoft.
- Canonical's Ubuntu Server Edition, a Linux distribution, includes Eucalyptus as the default private cloud offering.
- Microsoft is preparing to introduce private cloud software based on the Windows Azure public cloud platform. As part of that effort, Microsoft has been attracting open source developers to Azure.
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