Eucalyptus adds VMware support for cloud environment

Alex Handy
September 15, 2009 —  Imitation, they say, is the highest form of flattery. Silicon Valley startup Eucalyptus Systems is showing its adulation for Amazon Web Services' APIs by implementing them in its own cloud environment. The result is an installable internal cloud platform: Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition, which can be run on top of VMware.

Matt Reid, vice president of sales and marketing for Eucalyptus, said that this release is intended to drive the adoption of the platform, and as such will be priced low on a per-core basis.

Previous versions of Eucalyptus were built for KVM and Xen, but Rich Wolski, CTO of Eucalyptus, said that supporting VMware means Eucalyptus will be more appealing to enterprise users.

The move to VMware is a part of the long-term plan at Eucalyptus, said Wolski. “That future, we think, is driven by the speed with which the technology rolls forward. When Xen came out, there was a huge upsurge in interest. Then KVM really gained some prominence. We're seeing a lot of interest and technology drive in KVM. I think it will continue this way. If you’re in the business of managing a data center life cycle, you want to be able to capitalize on whatever technology at whatever price."

Of course, the most important part of the support puzzle is the addition of new Amazon APIs. Wolski said that Eucalyptus primarily focuses on adding in the Amazon APIs that are most effective in a service offered within the cloud.

“So far we haven't decided one way or the other about the most recent set of [Amazon] API additions," he said. "The ones we're looking at now are the load balancing API and the monitoring and introspection APIs. These are clearly things people want.

"There're cogent arguments for doing them as part of the cloud fabric themselves, as well as arguments against that. We have been careful so far to restrict ourselves to functionality that exists in the cloud layer as a hosted set of services."

The open-source Eucalyptus project should see some major community contributions soon as well. Wolski said that the development team at Eucalyptus Systems has just finished a major refactoring of the code, and prior to its completion, they had been discouraging third-party code contributions. Now that the source code is more solid and past the major overhaul, he said that the community should be able to begin contributing in earnest in November or December.

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