Eucalyptus 4.0 Enables More Scalable Private Clouds

By Colby Dyess | May 13, 2014

We recently announced the upcoming release of Eucalyptus 4.0. This update contains a number of key enhancements that make it increasingly intuitive for DevOps teams and IT administrators to set up and deploy private cloud environments that are deeply compatible with Amazon Web Services APIs such as EC2, S3, EBS, IAM and more.

AWS continues to be the clear leader in public cloud, with revenue from Amazon's "Other" segment - which includes AWS - up 60 percent year-over-year, to $1.2 billion. This means that now more than ever, AWS users are looking for solutions that enable cost-effective and efficient development and testing of applications before shifting them to AWS for production, and Eucalyptus 4.0 provides just that.

What's Behind the Changes in Eucalyptus 4.0?

Many Eucalyptus customers rely on our private cloud software to streamline dev/test processes and provide tangible cost savings compared to traditional virtualized infrastructure and/or pure public cloud. Gradually, though, there's been a shift to more diversified workflows, such as applications that require rapid scaling of storage and other resources, as well as the integration of data analytics.

This change is not surprising given the accelerating interest of organizations in big data. A recent QuinStreet Enterprise survey of 540 IT stakeholders discovered that 77 percent of respondents consider analytics a priority for their organizations. Teams are eager to apply large data sets to everyday tasks to facilitate faster, better decision-making through platforms such as Eucalyptus.

"[W]e're seeing more data analytics: they have a massive data set and want to run jobs on Eucalyptus," stated Eucalyptus vice president Tim Zeller. "We've had some early adopters here but we're seeing more people coming to the forefront. There's existing customers that have started small to medium in size, but the growth that they're seeing internally for the service has grown immensely."

A Look At What's New in Eucalyptus 4.0

To accommodate these evolving business and IT requirements while simultaneously improving overall user experience, Eucalyptus 4.0 comes with plenty of changes, including:

  • Support for pluggable gateway services to handle scale-out storage volumes. Both open source and proprietary solutions that implement S3 can now be utilized with Eucalyptus. Users can make large-scale deployments much easier to manage by getting their pick of active-active failover utilities. Supported products include Riak CS with additional support planned for future releases.
  • Service bottlenecks have been addressed through improvements to load balancing. More specifically, front-end services that receive API calls for IAM, EC2, S3, EBS, CloudWatch, Elastic Load Balancing and Autoscaling can be deployed on multiple servers, spreading the workload out for higher overall availability.
  • The Eucalyptus user console has been redesigned to provide a nimble and easy to use experience for large cloud deployments. This version introduces a new cloud account administration interface for managing of users, groups, security, quotas and policies. A new graphical policy editor enables administrators to build detailed policies, or quickly apply a standard policy template to users and groups.
  • Users can see more of the benefits of cloud computing thanks to even deeper AWS API compatibility. Eucalyptus has increased the depth of its support for the rapidly growing AWS ecosystem.

These are just a few of the major benefits included in Eucalyptus 4.0. With AWS the go-to public cloud platform, Eucalyptus customers can use Eucalyptus 4.0 to ensure that their cloud deployments can seamlessly migrate workloads and operate efficiently at scale. Learn more about the upcoming 4.0 release.

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