On-Demand, Self-Service IT Provisioning
Eucalyptus clouds can be configured so that users can connect to a Eucalyptus cloud, provision a server from a list of available images and configuration options, and have that server deployed within minutes without any human interaction from a member of an IT staff.
Eucalyptus clouds are designed to be able to overlay existing infrastructures. No special hardware is required to deploy a Eucalyptus cloud, nor is it necessary to massively recofigure an existing datacenter in order to convert the resources available into cloud-available resources. In practice, Eucalyptus is also sometiems used to provide dedicated compute, netowork, and storage resources separate from existing infrastructures.
Industry-Standard APIs and Tools (AWS)
Eucalyptus clouds integrate easily with the Amazon Web Services public cloud, making hybrid cloud solutions relatively easy to deploy. Applications developed in a Eucalyptus private cloud can be ported to the Amazon public cloud with no reconfiguration required, and vice versa. This also means that the more than 10,000 available Amazon Machine Images (which are similar in concept to virtual machine templates) can be downloaded and used in a Eucalyptus private cloud, again, with no reconfiguration required. The tools used to manage AWS can also be used in Eucalyptus, and Eucalyptus tools can manage AWS environments.
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