Eucalyptus Cloud Features

Eucalyptus empowers organizations to create self-service, elastic clouds inside their datacenter using existing IT infrastructure. It also enables a seamless path to hybrid cloud to deliver services both on-premises and through public clouds for greater business agility.

Eucalyptus 3.4 is now available, with warm upgrade support, a hybrid cloud management interface and many more enhancements that improve agility for cloud administrators. Eucalyptus remains the ideal solution for developing and testing applications built for AWS. With a Eucalyptus private cloud, you can shorten delivery cycles and accelerate time to market by providing a standardized and consistent environment that spans both private and public clouds.

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Hybrid Cloud Management

Launch instances, create snapshots and manage autoscaling groups in either your private or public clouds from a single environment. Now the same powerful and easy to use self-service interface that provisions and manages Eucalyptus Cloud resources can manage your AWS cloud resources.

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AWS Compatibility

Eucalyptus provides industry-leading compatibility with popular Amazon Web Services (AWS) APIs including EC2, S3, Elastic Block Store (EBS), Identity and Access Management (IAM), Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), and CloudWatch.

Feature Description
EC2-compatible Compute Allows you to easily deploy EC2-compatible compute resources and efficiently increase or decrease compute capacity based on applications demands. Eucalyptus provides support for popular EC2 features including Elastic Block Store (EBS), Elastic IP Addresses, CloudWatch, Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, and Resource Tagging.
Customizable Instance Types Provides default instance types which align closely to instance types available in Amazon EC2 and can be easily customized to meet your needs.
Amazon Machine Image (AMI) Compatible Utilizes a virtual machine image format compatible with AWS’s Amazon Machine Image (AMI) format and allows you to create, store, or easily import existing AMIs.
S3-compatible Object Storage Provides an S3-compatible object storage API for easy storage and retrieval of persistent data. Improved support of the S3 API in v3.4 means existing tools for managing Simple Storage Service will more easily work Eucalyptus Walrus storage without modification.
Elastic Block Store (EBS)-compatible Block Storage Offers EBS-compatible block level storage volumes which can be attached to compute instances with support for snapshots and Boot from EBS.
Identity and Access Management (IAM) Provides account, user, and group management compatible with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). Eucalyptus supports instance roles enabling cloud administrators to avoid the security risk of shared credentials and grant applications permission to resource by delegating access.
Expanded SDK Support Includes enhancements that expand the set of SDKs with demonstrated support. Get more details at the AWS Compatibility wiki page.

Compute

Eucalyptus allows you to use industry-standard servers, storage, networking, and virtualization technologies to deliver cost-effective, AWS-compatible cloud services in your datacenter. Eucalyptus is compatible with AWS’s EC2 and allows you to easily deploy compute resources and efficiently increase or decrease compute capacity based on application demands.

Feature Description
Pool Compute Resources Enables you to efficiently pool compute resources for improved utilization and greater cost efficiency.
Leverage Existing Hardware Investments Deploy Eucalyptus easily on existing, industry-standard x86 server hardware.
Support for Leading Hypervisors Provides support for leading open source and proprietary hypervisors such as KVM and VMware vSphere.
Virtual Machine Image Management Eucalyptus includes several utilities rapidly onboard existing applications, simplify image creation and improve quality. Create new images from running instances, or easily import applications stored in Amazon Machine Image (AMI) or VMWare (VMDK) format. Automatically run default and custom tests using the image validation service to identify potential issues more quickly and with less effort.
Bootable Image Support Greatly simplifies adding new images to your Eucalyptus Cloud by removing the need to upload and manage kernel and ramdisk images.
Create From Running Instance New utilities to create Instance-store or EBS-backed image from a running instance. Reduces the complexity of forming the image, creating and uploading the bundle.
Image Validation Service Quality checking new images is a complex and time intensive task. The new Eucalyptus Image Validation service can automatically execute tests to spot issues before publishing. The service runs in your datacenter, includes dozens of standard tests and is user expandable.
Auto Scaling Allows application developers to scale Eucalyptus resources up or down based on policies defined using EC2-compatible APIs and tools. As demand on an application spikes, cloud resources can be seamlessly increased or decreased to maintain performance and meet SLAs.
CloudWatch Provides a reliable and flexible monitoring solution for cloud resources and applications running in Eucalyptus. Users can programmatically collect metrics, set alarms, identify trends, and take actions to ensure that applications run smoothly.
Elastic Load Balancing Distributes incoming application traffic across multiple Eucalyptus instances, providing greater fault tolerance for applications.
Resource Tagging Allows application developers and cloud administrators to assign customizable metadata to Eucalyptus resources, categorize cloud resources in different ways (e.g., by purpose, owner, or environment), and filter by tags to easily manage and monitor specific resource collections.

Storage

Eucalyptus provides S3-compatible object storage and EBS-compatible block storage using industry-standard storage hardware to deliver against a variety of application performance, cost, and reliability requirements.

Feature Description
S3-compatible Object Storage Provides S3-compatible API for object storage which enables easy storage and retrieval of persistent data.
Elastic Block Store (EBS)-compatible Block Storage Provides EBS-compatible block level storage volumes which can be attached to compute instances with support for snapshots and Boot from EBS.
Industry-standard Storage Hardware Allows you to leverage existing investments in industry-standard storage hardware including direct-attached storage, NAS, and SAN devices.
Snapshot Management Easily snapshot and protect data stored in block storage volumes.

Networking

Eucalyptus offers flexible and scalable virtual networking capabilities compatible with AWS Elastic IPs, Security Groups, and Elastic Load Balancing.

Feature Description
Elastic IPs Allow you to mask instance or cluster failures by programmatically remapping public IP addresses to any instance associated with a Eucalyptus account.
Security Groups Acts as a virtual firewall that controls network traffic allowed to reach one or more instances in Eucalyptus.
Elastic Load Balancing Distributes incoming application traffic across multiple Eucalyptus instances, providing greater fault tolerance for applications.

Self-service Provisioning

In addition to providing REST-based APIs for programmatic access, Eucalyptus includes an easy to use web-based console to provide self-service provisioning of cloud resources to users.

Feature Description
Instance Management Allows users to easily create, manage, and delete instances.
EBS Volume Management Enables users to view existing EBS volumes, create new volumes, attach and detach volumes from a running instance, and delete volumes.
Credentials and Key Pairs Permits users to view a list of key pairs, create new key pairs, and delete key pairs.
Snapshot Management Allows users to view a list of snapshots, create new snapshots, and delete snapshots. Users can also create an EBS volume from a snapshot and register a snapshot as a machine image that can then be launched as an instance.
Elastic IP Addresses Enables users to view a list of available elastic IP addresses, allocate new elastic IP addresses from the Eucalyptus cloud to the user's account, and associate and/or disassociate elastic IP addresses with running instances.

Cloud Management

Eucalyptus allows administrators to easily manage their cloud via REST-based APIs, command line interface (CLI), or from a web-based console.

Feature Description
Web-based Administrator Console Performs cloud management functions such as managing users and groups, viewing cloud resources and logs, and managing virtual machine images.
Identity and Access Management (IAM) Provides account, user, and group management compatible with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). Eucalyptus supports instance roles enabling cloud administrators to avoid the security risk of shared credentials and grant applications permission to resource by delegating access.
Active Directory and LDAP Integration Integrates with Microsoft Active Directory (AD) and LDAP directory services for federation of users and groups.
Warm Upgrades Provide cloud administrators the freedom to upgrade Eucalyptus clouds without disrupting running instances.
Zero Downtime Cloud Maintenance Leverages hypervisor live migration technologies to enable zero downtime maintenance on hardware nodes for greater application uptime.

Eucalyptus Roadmap

We'd love to hear your views on the current release and future roadmap of Eucalyptus! Visit the Eucalyptus Roadmap to learn about new and upcoming Eucalyptus features and provide feedback.

Archive

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