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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 Sun. 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 company's CFO. 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)

RightScale Follows Amazon EC2 to Europe

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)

Creating a Common Cloud Computing Reference API - Part One

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)

Cloud Computing: First-Hand Stories and Use Cases

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 applications quickly. 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)

Enabling an Infrastructure for Cloudbursting

Reuven Cohen's "ElasticVapor" Blog How do you effectively enable a kind of cloud overflow in a secure yet efficient manner? 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 "cloudbursting". 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 Supports Open Source Cloud to Tickle Cloud Adoption

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)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

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 themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Terracotta and Eucalyptus to Drive Scaling in Private Cloud Environments

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)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley Speaker Profile: Rich Wolski – Eucalyptus Systems

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 Enterprise IT? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Rich Wolski TWITTER: @RichWolski 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)

Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenStack & OpenNebula: A Tale of Two Cloud Models

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. W... (more)

Public and Private Cloud by @MartenMickos at @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps / @HP]

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)