The cloud management world is expanding rapidly. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now five times the size of other cloud providers combined.
What’s behind the enormous growth? It’s the rapidly expanding web and cloud companies who run their production workloads on AWS. Netflix is the largest and perhaps most innovative of them. Others include Pinterest, DropBox, SmugMug, The Climate Corporation, and AppDynamics.
These are the powerhouses of the expanding online world. Some of them are still called "startups". They'll soon disrupt, or have already disrupted, the old guard and will evolve to the new kings of consumer and enterprise IT services.
The new innovators who leverage cloud management platforms run a majority of their compute needs on the public cloud. They use Linux and other open source software unsupported. For their on-prem environments, they buy commodity hardware. They proudly call it "crappy hardware", because they design their software to deal with hardware failures, just as they deploy on the public cloud knowing that an instance can die at any moment without warning. They know exactly what they are doing. They know what they can expect from the public cloud and from commodity infrastructure. By designing for failure, they build massive success.
These cloud management platform innovators go to extreme lengths to automate their environments, using Chef, Puppet, Jenkins, Vagrant and many other tools. Some write their own, like Netflix did to create Chaos Monkey, Asgard and other tools. It’s because they need to do more with less, and they need to move fast. Time-To-Value (TTV) is critically important. It’s a world in which the pace of evolution is several times faster than it is in the regular IT world.
In today’s IT world, there is a rapidly growing rift between the old and the new. It’s a sure sign that there is a big shift underway in the industry. The old world feels the pain so concretely that old competitors start to collaborate with each other. The devil you know is easier to deal with than the devil you don’t. They take their old solutions and call them "cloud" (i.e., "cloud-washing). And if they have more than one solution (often incompatible), they label it as "hybrid cloud".
In this turbulent world of innovation and disruption, Eucalyptus has a simple focus: We build an open source cloud management platform that allows you to build your your own private cloud that is highly compatible with AWS.
Our software is infrastructure software, yours is application software. We make it easy for you to run them on whatever hardware you have – crappy or not. And we make sure you can take your apps to the dominant public cloud unchanged. We follow the same design paradigm and we provide the same APIs and services as AWS. Our mission is to liberate the applications of the world to run wherever it’s best for them at any given moment.