Release: Eucalyptus Systems Eucalyptus 4.0

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Thursday, May 8th, 2014   |  

Eucalyptus Systems has announced version 4.0 of its management platform for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds: Eucalyptus.

The company started is business with an open source management console for cloud computing platforms based on KVM that was included in the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) Linux distribution maintained by Canonical.

Today Eucalyptus, provided as open source or paid annual subscription license, supports also AWS APIs (EC2, EBS, S3, IAM, Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing and CloudWatch) and VMware’s Hypervisors running several Windows OS’s and Linux distributions.

Despite the strong competition from the vendors supporting OpenStack the company retains its market share maintaining partners such as Dell.

Some of Eucalyptus 4.0 new features could be resumed as follow:

  • Scalable Object Storage – Enables cloud infrastructure administrators to support massive data volumes by deploying scale-out object storage. The new object storage gateway supports the use of commercial or open source object storage solutions that present an Amazon S3 compliant interface, such as RiakCS and Ceph.
  • Operational Simplicity – Reduces the complexity of deploying and managing private clouds by giving users greater flexibility and control. Infrastructure managers may now easily deploy Eucalyptus into existing network topologies using the new edge networking; respond to infrastructure changes and cloud growth by dynamically changing cloud service configurations; and rapidly create and manage cloud accounts using the web-based cloud account management console.
  • Cloud Service Availability – To achieve more consistent cloud experience, user-facing services such as EC2 and S3 are separated from cloud core services. This architectural change enables cloud infrastructure administrators to deploy multiple instances of these services to avoid bottlenecks and load balancing across the services to improve availability.
  • Hybrid Cloud User Console – The Eucalyptus hybrid cloud user console has been redesigned to improve user efficiency and support an increasing number of large-scale Eucalyptus deployments. The interface leverages responsive design to allow users the freedom to control their cloud from computer, tablet or other mobile devices. A new dashboard allows users to quickly view status and access controls for cloud resources. To reduce potential errors and time lost to repetitive tasks, the console can launch automated workflows to perform common operations.
  • Unparalleled AWS Compatibility – Eucalyptus is the only private cloud solution to support multiple security groups and S3 bucket lifecycle, enabling users to consistently apply resource policies across clouds. The Elastic Load Balancer service now supports SSL termination and session stickiness, helping users deploy secure, scalable cloud applications. Eucalyptus 4.0 includes additional improvements to API fidelity to expand the breadth and diversity of cloud workloads that can seamlessly shift between public and private clouds.

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