Eucalyptus Systems was expected to update the eponymous open source private
cloud project Wednesday improving the free GPL-based widgetry's scaling.
Eucalyptus 2.0, described as a major rev, is supposed to be able to support
massive private and hybrid clouds. Its performance has also been enhanced and
it should deploy without modification on existing IT infrastructure.
The company can't quantify exactly how scalable the thing is but its notion
of scalability includes both front-end transactional scalability and back-end
resource scalability. Eucalyptus 2.0 provides increased back-end cluster as
well as node controller scale improvements.
The widgetry also supports iSCSI targets for EBS volumes now, which is
supposed to make overlaying a Eucalyptus cloud on top of existing IT
infrastructure easier. Users can move the EBS controller machine anywhere on
the cloud, inclu... (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)
With Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) now just one week away, what
better time to remind you in greater detail of the distinguished individuals
in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy sessions at
We have technical and strategy sessions for you every day from June 11
through June 14 dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing and 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 that is transforming
the world of Enterprise IT, side by side with the exploding use of
enterprise Big Data – processed in the Cloud – to drive value for
CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Mårten Mickos
COMPANY: Eucalyptus Systems
10TH CLOUD EXPO SESSION TITLE: Clouds Are All About APIs
SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloud... (more)
Thorsten von Eicken's RightScale Blog
Recently Rich Wolski (UCSB Eucalyptus project) and I were discussing grid
computing vs. cloud computing. An observation he made makes a lot of sense to
me. Since he doesn’t blog [...], let me repeat here what he said. Grid
computing has been used in environments where users make few but large
allocation requests. For example, a lab may have a 1000 node cluster and
users make allocations for all 1000, or 500, or 200, etc. So only a few of
these allocations can be serviced at a time and others need to be scheduled
for when resources are released. This results in sophisticated batch job
scheduling algorithms of parallel computations.
Cloud computing really is about lots of small allocation requests. The Amazon
EC2 accounts are limited to 20 servers each by default and lots and lots of
users allocate up to 20 servers out of the pool... (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)
Apache Deltacloud, the Red Hat-contributed ReSTful API that abstracts
differences between clouds so services on any cloud can be managed - provided
of course there's a driver - has graduated from the Apache Foundation's
incubator and is now a full-fledged Top-Level Project (TLP).
There are drivers for Amazon, Eucalyptus, GoGrid, IBM, Microsoft, OpenStack
GoGrid CIO Mark Worsey said developers only have to code to one API.
Besides the API server, the project also provides client libraries for a
variety of languages.
Apache Deltacloud software is released under the Apache 2 license.
Eucalyptus, the open source private cloud platform partnered with Amazon to
give people hybrid clouds, has found selling support and professional
services, the usual way an open source company makes money, isn't working as
a business because would-be customers are too tight-fisted.
As a result it didn't grow as much as expected last year.
So it's regrouping. It's open sourcing its services and training, CEO Marten
Mickos said, to focus on its product business, where it's seeing early
indications of large cloud implementations and the potential for a big
business thanks in part to its alliance with Amazon, whose APIs are the
recognized cloud standard.
Initial contracts brought in $50,000-$100,000 apiece, he said. Amazon is
helping a bit, but Eucalyptus is doing most of its own lead generation.
Consulting contracts, evidently few and far between, averaged around $20,0... (more)
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,
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 worlds; it's two
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)
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)