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Communications Developer: November 09, 2009 eNewsLetter
November 09, 2009

Eucalyptus Updates Open Source Eucalyptus Cloud Computing Software

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Eucalyptus Systems, a provider of open source private cloud platform, has reportedly announced the first major update of the open source Eucalyptus cloud computing software since its launch.

The newest version features new multi-cluster support and enhanced concurrency management for improved scaling. With this enhancement, users can seamlessly overlay their Eucalyptus cloud on top of virtually any existing IT infrastructure, regardless of size or configuration, said company officials.
Additionally, the Eucalyptus now also features new monitoring capabilities to deliver ongoing visibility into the status of a company’s on-premise cloud.
Rich Wolski, co-founder and chief technology officer of Eucalyptus Systems, said that the new features will provide the benefits of Eucalyptus on-premise cloud computing to virtually any company.
Eucalyptus is an open source software infrastructure for deploying on-premise cloud computing using a company’s IT infrastructure. The solution turns data center resources such as machines, networks, and storage systems into a cloud that is controlled and customized by local IT.
Company officials said that Eucalyptus enables businesses of any size to leverage their own IT resources to get the benefits of cloud computing, and it eliminates lock-in, security ambiguity and unexpected storage costs that can be associated with public clouds.
In addition to being the only cloud architecture to support the same application programming interfaces as public clouds, Eucalyptus is now also the only on-premise cloud platform that is fully compatible with the Amazon AWS public cloud infrastructure.
“Our goals for this significant new release are two-fold,” Wolski said in a statement. The company enhanced the flexibility with which Eucalyptus can be deployed, allowing it to take advantage of the IT hardware, software, security, and organizational policies already in place in the data center. Secondly, the company has concentrated on engineering better performance into the platform itself to enhance scale.
The newest version of Eucalyptus makes available a variety of relevant information which can be used in open source tools like Nagios and Ganglia, providing cloud administrators with insights on various aspects of the cloud as well as the status of specific Eucalyptus components.
Last month, the company announced that Eucalyptus software is the engine behind the Ubuntu (News - Alert) Enterprise Cloud a new cloud computing solution packaged in the latest version of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney


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