Eucalyptus Session at Cloud Expo
Mårten Mickos, the guy who sold MySQL to Sun for a billion dollars, has got
himself another company. Now all he has to do is find another sucker like
Mårten, who wouldn't be Mårten without that cute little Finnish doohickey
over his name, has been named CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, the open source
private cloud start-up. Woody Rollins, who was CEO, has morphed into the
Since leaving Sun and MySQL last year, Mårten has been at Benchmark Capital,
which backed MySQL, as entrepreneur-in-residence trying to spot his next
opportunity. As it happens Eucalyptus is a Benchmark investment. Benchmark
led its $5.5 million first round.
Mårten says that while he was at Benchmark he asked around and people
identified only two real hot buttons: the cloud and the mobile Internet. Both
of them are gonna be massively big, but he fe... (more)
In keeping with its multi-cloud manifesto, RightScale, the cloud manager, has
added support for Amazon's weeks-old EC2 Europe cloud.
Amazon Web Services global and European Amazon EC2 customers can now access
RightScale's automated cloud management platform to manage and scale cloud
deployments as well as facilitate application migration and management back
and forth between Amazon's US and EU clouds.
In December, Amazon gave European businesses the option of running their EC2
applications on a local cloud. It's a way to reduce latency and help with EU
regulatory requirements on data storage and processing. It also gives global
companies the opportunity for added redundancy and disaster recovery.
RightScale says its cloud management features, machine images and cloud-ready
server templates are available for EC2 customers in the EU, and that
migration from Amazon EC2 ... (more)
Reuven Cohen's "ElasticVapor" Blog
Over the last few weeks I've been engaged in several conversations about the
need for a common, interoperable and open set of cloud computing standards.
During these conversations a recurring theme has started to emerge. A need
for cloud interoperability or the ability for diverse cloud systems and
organizations to work together in a common way.
In my discussion yesterday with Rich Wolski of the Eucalyptus project he
described the need for a "CloudVirt" API similar to that of the Libvirt
project for virtualization. For those of you that don't know about libvirt,
it's an open source toolkit which enables a common API interaction with the
virtualization capabilities of recent versions of Linux (and other OSes).
I would like to take this opportunity to share my ideas as well as get some
feedback on some of the key points I see for the cre... (more)
Kevin Mullins' Blog
I have been reading about Cloud Computing, and from my perspective, Cloud
Computing is a great tool for startups and organizations that do not have a
web based infrastructure, or for folks that need to deploy and scale
I can see where large organizations may be a little reluctant to do this, as
most large organizations do not have excessive scaling requirements, and most
large organizations already have their network and computing infrastructure
in place. Some of the more flexible organizations will start to experiment
with Cloud Computing, and some may move pieces of their infrastructure into
the cloud, however I my thought is that more of the larger organizations will
opt to build their own Cloud Computing infrastructure as opposed to moving
their data and applications into the cloud.
I recently came across a number of pos... (more)
Reuven Cohen's "ElasticVapor" Blog
How do you effectively enable a kind of cloud overflow in a secure yet
Jeff Barr from Amazon Web services has come up with a great new term to
describe the need to handle sudden and extreme spikes in demand by enabling a
hybrid cloud computing model which combines both private data center
resources and remote cloud resources such as Amazon EC2. He called this model
This term seems to be quickly becoming the preferred way to describe a major
problem in the emerging cloud computing space - or for some the perfect
"opportunity" (myself included).
In doing some research earlier I came across the original definition of a
cloudburst. In meteorology a cloudburst is an extreme form of rainfall, which
normally lasts no longer than a few minutes but is capable of creating flood
conditions. Similarly in IT a s... (more)
RightScale, the cloud manager, is supporting the open source Eucalyptus
Public Cloud (EPC) run by the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
for purposes of cloud research and experimentation. RightScale and Eucalyptus
want to tickle widespread cloud development and adoption, and figure that
letting people test and evaluate their applications on the UCSB cluster will
get the ball rolling.
The Eucalyptus environment is designed for anything from a small student
application to a massive enterprise-level cloud deployment on Amazon's EC2.
RightScale and the Eucalyptus Project Team are also collaborating to deliver
a more robust private cloud for organizations whose testing requirements
extend beyond those offered by the EPC.
Eucalyptus stands for "Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking
Your Programs to Useful Systems" and its current interface is EC2-... (more)
Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active
players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we
identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony,
if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the
"Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing.
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT
operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and
see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
The companies claim that their partnership is aimed at helping enterprises
get a better handle on challenges related to the elastic provisioning of
compute clouds on existing data center infrastructure. The joint solution
specifically targets the problem that companies face due to the inability of
the data layer to scale at the same rate as the compute layer. The combo
stack is intended for large-scale businesses to provision private clouds on
the Eucalyptus cloud platform.
Terracotta which provides software for Java applications, facilitates
private cloud deployment and helps applications scale from a single server
using industry-standard interfaces such as Ehcache to many nodes through data
virtualization. The company recently acquired open source job-scheduling
software Quartz that can be found in many Industry products from companies
such as Atlassian, Spring... (more)
With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open in two
weeks' time at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, let's introduce you in
greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker
Faculty for the technical program at the West Coast conference...
We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and
cranny of Cloud Computing & Big Data, but what of those who are presenting?
Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said
about the Cloud and/or Big Data solutions that are transforming the world of
CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Rich Wolski
COMPANY: Eucalyptus Systems
11TH CLOUD EXPO SESSION TITLE: The Five Steps to Deploying a Private Cloud
SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/2361109
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Rich Wolski is the Chief Tec... (more)
Over the last five years, since the release of the first open-source version
of OpenNebula in March 2008, we have been involved in many presentations,
discussions and meetings where people wanted to know how OpenNebula compares
with the rest of open-source Cloud Management Platforms (CMPs), mostly
with Eucalyptus and OpenStack. The most common understanding is that all
CMPs are competing in the same market, trying to fill the same gap.
Consequently, people jump to the wrong conclusion that after years of a
fierce competition, there will only be one winner, a single open-source CMP
in the market. However, as discussed by Joe Brockmeier in his post "It's Not
Highlander, There Can Be More Than One Open Source Cloud", there is room in
the market for several open-source CMPs that, addressing different cloud
niches, will fit together into a broad open cloud ecosystem.
The industry is heated with debates on whether adopting private or public
cloud is the smartest, best, cheapest, you name it choice. But this debate is
missing the mark. Businesses shouldn't be discussing public vs. private, but
rather how can they make the two work together to their greatest advantage.
The ideal is to merge on-premise and off-premise into a seamless environment
that can be managed as a single entity - a forward-looking stance that will
eventually see major adoption. But as of late 2013, hybrid cloud was still
"rare," noted Gartner analyst Tom Bittman.
In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems
(now part of HP), will discuss how public clouds need on-premise satellites
to win and, conversely, how on-premise environments cannot be really powerful
unless they are connected to the public cloud. It's not two competing wor... (more)