As observed by InfoWorld's Open Sources blogger Simon Phipps, Eucalyptus isn't alone in turning to the open source world to help drive its platform's success. The push for open source in public clouds has more to do with securing a competitive advantage than give users additional flexibility and freedom, according to Phipps.
Version 3.1's new enterprise platform deployment enhancements enables organizations to deployments clouds on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux with EC2, EBS, S3 and IAM support using heterogeneous KVM or XEN virtualization. In addition, cloud services packages for other Linux distributions under wider community support, including CentOS and Ubuntu.
FastStart provides a self-service, automated solution for easily deploying a Eucalyptus IaaS cloud in under 20 minutes, rather than requiring hours, according to Mickos. From there, users can browse FastStart-deployed clouds and quickly install euStore images. The tool can be deployed on CentOS 5 with Xen or CentOS 6 with KVM. Eucalyptus' goal here is to relieve newcomers of the complexity of the platform so that they can get up and running quickly. For more advanced users, Eucalyptus offers SilverEye, a suite of tools that allows installation and configuration of more complex Eucalyptus deployments.
Beyond opening up the Eucalyptus code on GitHub, the company is tracking defects, fixes, and new features on Jira. Additionally, the company has introduced better project management for feature-integration requests, bug reports, and development process. The company also points to its knowledge base and community forum as benefits to open source developers.
Mickos is optimistic about Eucalyptus' chances against its rivals in the space. Among the company's advantages, it recently secured backing from Amazon in its effort to support the AWS APIs. Moreover, he said that Eucalyptus has baked-in high-availability features whereas the company's rivals, at best, merely support HA.
The new features in Eucalyptus 3.1 will be available to customers on June 27.
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