Products that reduce the complexity in cloud administration will move ahead in the race. Solutions that automate key processes, troubleshoot and resolve performance issues, and report on cloud usage and key trends are critical for success of cloud deployments.
The new release of the open source cloud platform enables increased control and management and also introduces expanded storage options. A new graphical user interface with console to allow users to perform self-service operations including the provisioning of instances, keypair and password creation, Elastic Block Store (EBS) volume and snapshot operations, image catalog listing and registration, user group operations, and elastic IP operations. Cloud administrators can report on cloud compute, storage, and memory usage at the user, group, and cloud level. The product also provides improved logging capabilities for faster troubleshooting and issue resolution. It also increases the resiliency and availability of applications with a hardened node controller that further increases cloud reliability.
Two new adapters have been introduced broaden its storage support. The first one is JBOD Storage Adaptor which overlays Elastic Block Store (EBS) functionality on top of raw block devices and JBODs, and provides full support of AWS EBS API operations. And the next adapter is EMC VNX SAN Storage Adaptor that provides expanded SAN support for EMC VNX Series SANs for Elastic Block Store (EBS) storage, including high availability for the Eucalyptus Storage Controller, advanced VNX snapshot support, and multi-pathing support for greater redundancy.
Eucalyptus is highly compatible with AWS API which means you can use or reuse many existing AWS-compatible tools, images (AMIs), and scripts to manage your own on-premise Infrastructure as a Service environments. This can help you overcome regulatory and compliance roadblocks, increase performance, and add flexibility to your architecture. The company also provides production-ready software for enterprise clouds that supports industry-standard AWS APIs, including EC2, S3, EBS, and IAM. Eucalyptus is open source and also compatible with multiple hypervisors including Xen, KVM, and VMware, and can be installed on any of the major Linux distributions.
“Customers worldwide, including NSN, Puma, Inter-Continental Hotels Group, and NASA, have turned to Eucalyptus based on the agility, elasticity, and scale that our software provides for highly demanding development and test and Web applications,” said Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus. “Eucalyptus 3.2 delivers a highly reliable and robust private and hybrid cloud solution that empowers both enterprises and the open source community to confidently deploy applications and drive innovation in the cloud.”
Eucalyptus 3.2 will be available to customers in December, 2012. Comparison of different flavors of the software is can be know from this link.