Thursday, November 3, 2011

Introduction to Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is the world's most widely deployed software platform for on-premise (private) IaaS clouds. It is an open source cloud computing platform that integrates with multiple hypervisors - including Xen, KVM, and VMware - and implements the industry standard Amazon Web Services (AWS) API. This flexibility and adherence to industry standards provides the customer with significant operational and financial benefits, but leaves the customer in control of their infrastructure and cloud strategy.

Eucalyptus was born as a University project of the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The name Eucalyptus is an acronym and stands for Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your Programs To Useful Systems. In 2009, the Eucalyptus team started a company (Eucalyptus Systems Inc.) to commercialize Eucalyptus. Currently there is Eucalyptus, the open source project, and Eucalyptus EE (Enterprise Edition), which is the commercial version of Eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus clouds benefit from a number of key characteristics, including:

  • the open source nature of the product,
  • modular, distributed, and scalable design,
  • the ability to work with multiple hypervisors, and
  • the ability to deploy hybrid cloud solutions via adherence to the industry-standard Amazon Web Services API.
In the next few posts, we will break down those characteristics and explain the benefits that provides to you, the consumer.

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