Private Cloud to Public Cloud - Presto Eucalyptus

by Prabhu Ram    May 08, 2009

The newly released Ubuntu 9.04 server edition (SE) enables enterprises to setup and experiment their own private cloud. Its fresh addition, Eucalyptus, an open-source utility — implements cloud computing setup and abides Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) standards – ensuring enterprises can surge their private clouds into a public cloud; if and when needed.

Talking to CXOtoday, Prakash Advani, partner manager for Unbuntu at Canonical, said cloud computing is the next natural progression in the IT infrastructure, and organizations will need to experiment it to benefit its much discussed advantages. He defined Eucalyptus as an open-source software infrastructure for implementing  cloud computing on clusters, and claimed it a marque of disruptive technology. 

He said, Ubuntu, the free-OS, has in-built virtualization technology (Kernel Virtual Machine), and with the addition of Eucalyptus, SMEs can experiment cloud-computing at a zero software investment. According to him, Eucalyptus architectural compliance to public clouds will bring impetus in enterprises to test private clouds. Enterprises having successfully deployed a private cloud will be able to port their entire IT infrastructure to a public cloud if and when needed driven by business needs, technical scalability and human-resource crunch.

Advani said Eucalyptus even allows the IT applications to be deployed across multiple clouds infrastructures, wherein a part of IT-applications can run in the organization s private cloud, while the other non-critical applications can run from a public cloud. Cloud management platform such as Right Scale offer graphical web interface to manage multiple clouds from a single location, added he.

Redhat s  MRG Grid - Amazon EC2 execute node in a similar way enables easy cloud computing –  making it easier to develop, deploy, and manage new and existing applications in a virtual computing environment.

Gartner has positioned Virtualization and Cloud computing technology at no.1 and no.3 position respectively as the strategic technologies for 2009. 

When asked, bundling such hot technologies for free with OS, its repercussions on proprietary software, he said FOSS is a now serious challenge to all proprietary software vendors, cited the case of VMware stock price fall, and shrugged Ubuntu is doing it for humanity, said Advani.

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