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)
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)
Dmitry Sotnikov's Blog
Overall, very exciting times, and a great event put together by the folks at
SYS-CON! There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. As
someone put it: cloud computing is about 700 days old. That means that there
are a lot of arguments about definitions, and where things are going, and so
on. And that also gives a lot of vibe and a lot of fresh community spirit.
Below are my notes from all the sessions I attended at the last week’s
Cloud Computing Expo 2008 on:
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
A few general comments on the conference.
First and foremost, cloud computing is happening. There was a lot of
excitement and optimism throughout the event. And frankly this was quite
contrasting to the SOA keeping talking about whether SOA is getting anywhere,
how to justify SOA projects, whether it is a journey or a destination, and so
This was... (more)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
With just a few clicks you, too, can create a cloud computing environment.
But if you’re like a lot of organizations, you may not know what to do with
it after that.
The latest version of Ubuntu Server (9.10) includes the Ubuntu Enterprise
Cloud (UEC), which is actually powered by Eucalyptus. The ability to deploy a
“cloud” on any server running Ubuntu is really quite amazing, especially
given the compatibility of Eucalyptus with Amazon and the plethora of
application images available for nearly immediate deployment. It supports
both a public and private option, and a hybrid model, and comes replete with
management tools designed to make building, deploying, and managing your own
personal, private cloud a breeze.
Private clouds offer immediacy and elasticity in your own IT infrastructure.
Using Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, you can experience ... (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)
RightScale has announced that it has added the new Amazon EC2 Europe cloud
infrastructure to the list of clouds supported by the RightScale Cloud
Management Platform. Amazon Web Services global and European Amazon EC2
customers now have access to RightScale's automated cloud management platform
to manage and scale cloud deployments as well as facilitate application
migration and management across U.S. and EU clouds.
Amazon EC2 in Europe provides Amazon EC2 users with reduced latency and aids
them in adhering to EU regulatory requirements for data storage and
processing. For global companies, it supports an additional level of
redundancy and disaster recovery. To help companies with the challenges
of migrating and managing applications across multiple clouds, RightScale
will now also support Amazon EC2 deployments in Europe.
RightScale protects EC2 users from thi... (more)
"Cloud computing technology is evolving rapidly, giving users many more
choices for where and how to develop, test and deploy applications on the
cloud, depending on the level of security, regulatory compliance, scalability
and cost savings desired," said Thorsten von Eicken, RightScale CTO and
RightScale has announced that the RightScale Cloud Management Platform will
support the global debut of the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (powered by
Eucalyptus) to help enterprises deploy and manage "private" clouds in their
own data centers. Organizations that install the just-announced "technology
preview" release of Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, which is released as part of the
Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition, will be able to create Eucalyptus-based private
clouds on their internal IT infrastructure and can then choose to register
them with the RightScale Cloud Management Platf... (more)
It’s only a few short weeks since I last spoke with Rich Wolski, Director
of the open source EUCALYPTUS Project at the University of California, Santa
“EUCALYPTUS — Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your
Programs To Useful Systems — is an open-source software infrastructure for
implementing Elastic/Utility/Cloud computing using computing clusters and/or
workstation farms. The current interface to EUCALYPTUS is
interface-compatible with Amazon.com’s EC2 (arguably the most commercially
successful Cloud computing service), but the infrastructure is designed to be
modified and extended so that multiple client-side interfaces can be
supported. In addition, EUCALYPTUS is implemented using commonly-available
Linux tools and basic web service technology making it easy to install and
Since then, we’ve seen EUCALYPTUS embraced by Sun Mic... (more)
Eucalyptus Cloud Journal
Eucalyptus Cloud Journal launched today on Ulizter.
Eucalyptus is an open-source system for implementing on-premise private and
hybrid clouds using the hardware and software infrastructure that is in
place, without modification. Eucalyptus adds capabilities such as end-user
customization, self-service provisioning, and legacy application support to
data center virtualization features, making IT customer service easier, more
fully featured, and less expensive.
Eucalyptus Cloud Journal on Ulitzer authors include:
Bill McColl Maureen O'Gara Jeremy Geelan Dana Gardner Reuven Cohen Alin
Irimie Paul Miller Yeshim Deniz Ignacio M. Llorente Ezhil Arasan Babaraj
Dmitry Sotnikov Kevin Mullins William Vambenepe Thorsten von Eicken Gojko
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)