Welcome Eucalyptus Back to Full Open Source

July 1, 2012

Open source beckons a stray back into the fold, we learn in The H Open’s “Eucalyptus Moves Back to Full Open Source.” According to Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos, Version 3.1 of Eucalyptus consolidates the company’s technologies into a single, open source version. Previously, Eucalyptus produced separate open source and enterprise editions. Source code is available through GitHub, where all new development will take place. The defect and feature tracking is to be publicly available so any community member can follow the progress of an issue.

Of the new version, the write up reports:

“The 3.1 release builds on version 3.0 which offered high-availability features, Amazon Web Services API extensions, rapid instancing, improvements to EBS (elastic block storage) and Windows image support, a redesigned administration console and better CLI admin tools. Eucalyptus signed a deal with Amazon in March which saw the companies agree to work on hybrid and on-premises clouds together. The company has been under increasing pressure with the visible rise of OpenStack and CloudStack projects which also offer IaaS [Infrastructure as a Service] cloud management.”

It seems OpenStack and CloudStack are making for some healthy competition. It will be interesting to see how that partnership with Amazon works out.

Eucalyptus supplies IT and tech-oriented businesses with the(currently) most widely-deployed cloud software platform for on-premise Infrastructure as a Service. The platform began as a research project at the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007. Eucalyptus was commercialized in 2009, when it began to make its way through Linux distribution channels. Headquartered in Goleta, CA, the company also has an office in Beijing.

Cynthia Murrell, July 6, 2012

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