The folks at Eucalyptus reached out and offered me an opportunity to speak with Marten Mickos, CEO, and David Butler, Senior VP of Marketing. It was a wonderful opportunity to both learn about what the company was doing and to reconnect with Marten.
Who is Eucalyptus?
Eucalyptus started in 2007 as a project of the computer science department at the University of California Santa Barbara. The project was partially funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Eucalyptus is delivered today both as an open source project and as a commercial product. It is used to deliver highly scalable private and hybrid cloud computing solutions.
It was interesting to learn that Eucalyptus is the most widely deployed cloud software platform allowing organizations to build their own on-premise Infrastructure as a Service cloud computing environments. Eucalyptus informed me that their customers have, to date, started over 25,000 clouds.
Eucalyptus and Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS) have announced an agreement to facilitate moving cloud workloads from Eucalyptus-based environments into and out of Amazon's AWS. This means that Amazon will support Eucalyptus and Eucalyptus will enhance its product to offer implementations of popular AWS services, such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
Why would these companies work together?
Both firms realized that organizations of all sizes are interested in deploying cloud computing services, but are highly unlikely to move everything they are doing into an off-premise cloud computing environment. They are far more likely to keep some workloads on-premise and build their own cloud computing environment because they're interested in obtaining workload agility, self-service management and the other attributes of a cloud service.
The goal was making it easier for these organizations to move what they're doing into a cloud environment and then make it possible for individual workloads to break out into Amazon's data centers when needed.
This ability would address customer requirements for increased reliability, scalability and agility.
I've spoken with a number of suppliers of cloud computing tools that are offering their own cloud computing environment and ways to move workloads into and out of AWS. Usually, however, the tools must overcome basic differences in the vendor's cloud environment and AWS. While it is possible to move workloads around, it is not always as simple as the vendor's demonstration makes it seam.
Eucalyptus is doing this one better by implementing the AWS APIs, offering compatible management tools and AWS cloud services.
By working together, Eucalyptus and AWS see the opportunity to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing and increase the overall size of the market. By making the market bigger, both would see increased penetration and revenues.
Moving to a common set of APIs, management tools and services would make life much easier for their joint customers.
This was a good move and is likely to be good for the industry.