Ubuntu, Linux, and Eucalyptus

By Marten Mickos | May 11, 2011

Last week Eucalyptus participated in the Red Hat Summit in Boston. This week we are at the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) in Budapest. At UDS Canonical formalized the decision to make OpenStack what they call foundation technology in Ubuntu Cloud. What are the likely impacts of this decision?

As John Pugh of Canonical states it in his tweet (@zoopster): "no real change there it's about choice."

We have been aware of this for some time, and we understand Canonical's decision. Sure, it would have been great to continue as the one and only cloud platform in Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC). But we have embraced openness and open source exactly because it creates choice and reduces lock-in. OpenStack is a welcome colleague in the Ubuntu world.

Eucalyptus will continue to fully support Ubuntu Linux. The UEC is a set of extensions to Eucalyptus that Canonical maintains as add-ons to the baseline set of Eucalyptus Ubuntu packages. We plan to continue to package Eucalyptus for Ubuntu; it is the set of add-ons that will no longer be supported by Canonical.

While the packaging in UEC is a benefit for experimenters who want to get going quickly with an easy installation, production sites will want to configure their on-premise cloud to their own specification. They may even use multiple Linux distros in the same cloud deployment. Indeed, many of our users run Eucalyptus on Ubuntu Linux without Canonical's UEC enhancements. A good example is Puma (http://www.eucalyptus.com/content/press-release-march-1-2011).

UEC is available for Eucalyptus 1.6 and 2.0, the latter of which has been available for over half a year. Soon, Eucalyptus 3.0 will be released (check out the cool new features here: http://open.eucalyptus.com/participate/roadmaps/eucalyptus_3.0). Ubuntu Linux users will be able to immediately deploy it without having to wait for the next release cycle of UEC from Canonical.

In summary, Ubuntu users will continue to have access to the latest production-grade version of Eucalyptus running on the latest version of Ubuntu. Our goal is to make sure that Linux users have access to the highest quality open source cloud platform available at the earliest available moment. Canonical's choice with respect to its UEC code does not affect our commitment to this goal.

I welcome your comments and questions, as responses to this blog posting or as emails directly to me. Especially if you are a Eucalyptus user on Ubuntu, I would love to hear from you!

Mårten Mickos CEO, Eucalyptus Systems

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