Amazon Web Services Brought to Private Clouds Through Eucalyptus 3.3
It has been announced that a private cloud infrastructure startup, Eucalyptus Systems, has released a version 3.3 of its private cloud platform; the company has become a type of open source satellite of Amazon Web Services.
New features included in Eucalyptus 3.3 include the enabling of Eucalyptus on-premise private clouds which mean that Amazon’s public cloud IaaS can operate better. Auto-scaling is also enabled, and this allows developers to make rules about when a cloud can broaden its reach independently, such as when workloads come to a particular level of resource consumption.
The CEO at Santa Barbara, California-based Eucalyptus, Marten Mickos, said that in terms of developing scalable Web services, auto-scaling removes all sentiment of guesswork. He stated: “When building a Web app, you don't know how much usage it will have at a particular time and moment. This will let the app right-size itself to ensure great performance.”
Elastic load balancing is another new addition which is supported by AWS, and allows Eucalyptus instances to use auto-scaling and keep a consistent level of application traffic. Furthermore, CloudWatch is another addition, and monitors and manages services for private clouds, similar to Amazon’s CloudWatch service for AWS.
The aim of the new Eucalyptus features is to work closely with the look and feel of AWS, according to Mickos. He said: “We're making sure that the Eucalyptus user experience is the same as Amazon.”
The new partnership with Amazon will mean that Eucalyptus can gain further help in order to fine-tune its implementation of the AWS API, as a formidable competitive differentiator. Mickos said: “We are the only provider of a private cloud platform that has a business relationship with Amazon.”
According to a cloud architect at Netflix, Adrian Cockcroft, Netflix open source tools like Chaos Monkey, Asgard and Edda are supported by Eucalyptus 3.3, and will be made available later this month at $2,500 per node per year.
Amazon has long stated that the public cloud is enterprise-ready and that private clouds are unnecessary. However, the Amazon-Eucalyptus partnership demonstrates that hybrid clouds are not needed, especially in cases where the workload can be moved between an organization’s cloud and the AWS public cloud.
Hybrid cloud is rapidly growing to become the most hyped segment of the cloud market, and is a key component of marketing for Microsoft’s Windows Azure. VMware is planning of releasing its vCloud Hybrid Service next month, and a public cloud component that it owns and operates will be a part of this. (CY) Link