Building on its strong ties to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Eucalyptus today unveiled the latest update to its open source cloud computing platform, adding expanded AWS storage compatibility as well as features to speed up installation and simplify management via a new GUI with self-service capabilities.
In discussing Version 3.2 of Eucalyptus' private and hybrid-cloud software with InfoWorld, company CEO Marten Mickos reiterated what he sees as one of the company's key advantages over rivals such as OpenStack: its unique partnership with Amazon that has enabled Eucalyptus to bake Amazon-API functionality natively into its product. Mickos has predicted that, just as IBM created the industry standard for the PC back in the 1970s, Amazon has created the industry standard for the cloud that will shape the market for years to come. He's confident AWS is the right horse to attach to the Eucalyptus wagon.
"We're just dead certain that the Amazon paradigm will be dominant in the cloud industry for the next 10, 20, 30, 40, or even 50 years," Mickos said.
Eucalyptus customers ought not expect the company to roll out similar levels of support for AWS public cloud rivals anytime soon. But "any public cloud that reaches 20 to 25 percent market share, we will support," he said. "Whoever the next major player after Amazon will be, we will go about supporting them. Today, Amazon has 90 percent of the market or something."
Release 3.2 isn't focused entirely on AWS, mind. In this go-round, the company aimed to simplify installation and management of Eucalyptus. "We've traditionally been focused on advanced features before usability," Mickos said. "We are now achieving and striving to achieve simplicity on the far side of complexity." >>Read more