Eucalyptus Extends Cloud Capabilities

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Eucalyptus launches Eucalyptus 3.2, a new version of the open-source cloud platform designed to streamline the management and provisioning of hybrid and mixed cloud environments -- a well-timed upgrade in an increasingly complex cloud market.

Eucalyptus Systems Inc., which has long championed the open-source cloud, is launching an update to its cloud platform, with expanded visibility into day-to-day operations, a deeper dive into cloud administration, automation and storage, and an overhaul to its user interface, part of which facilitates new self-service features.

According to the cloud company, Eucalyptus version 3.2 will lead the charge for both private and hybrid cloud deployments in the enterprise. Eucalyptus 3.2 arrives at a time when "customers [are] pursuing a hybrid approach where applications may run on multiple clouds, private or public," and that level of cloud flexibility needs to be met with an equal amount of cloud manageability.

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Most upgrades to the Eucalpytus platform are made specifically around building a virtual leash to scale cloud deployments while mitigating the inherent complexity that comes with a mixed cloud approach. The platform has introduced advanced features that can provide feedback on usage, deliver metrics and provide a health status on customer environments.

Eucalyptus 3.2 will now provide the following:

  • Web Console: Complete with the GUI update, this central administrative console allows self-service provisioning of computing, storage and networking resources (cloud servers), in addition to group-based operational management, plus cataloging and listing capabilities for more advanced scale-out cloud operations.
  • Usage Reporting: Transparency into resource usage allows for charge-back information, capacity planning and more. Solution providers and "cloud administrators" can look at usage on the per-user, group and cloud levels, quickly generating reports that provide actionable information.
  • Hardened Core: A new "hardened node controller" allows for more reliability across the cloud and administration environment, which in turn allows for improved tools in both production and test environments. It also provides flexibility in wide-scale, self-provisioning environments.
  • Expanded Storage Adaptors: Eucalyptus 3.2 supports elastic block store (EBS) on raw storage block devices and has hooks for Amazon.com Inc.'s Web Services APIs. EMC VNX SAN storage adapters support has also been introduced, delivering multi-pathing capabilities and VNX snapshot support.

Version 3.2 builds on Eucalpytus 3.1, which sought to converge enterprise and open-source synergies into on singular cloud management platform. Eucalyptus 3.2 is a continuation of these efforts, and aims to build a more competitive platform compatible with the Amazon Web Services cloud environment. The new version will be made available in December 2012. Partners check in here.

Big picture: Eucalyptus' moves are a well-timed market response to the ongoing development of both sophisticated cloud management tools and the rise in hybrid cloud environments. Solution providers need to make tough decisions about where to specialize in the cloud, how to mature and which all-encompassing management and cloud provisioning platforms will be key to making a solution set attractive for a cloud provider. More than just ease of use, these tools ensure providers can grow their businesses by meeting customer demands within mixed cloud services.

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