Leading Open Source Private and Hybrid Cloud Provider Introduces Eucalyptus 3.4 to Reduce Cloud Costs, Increase Agility and Strengthen Control

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – October 23, 2013Eucalyptus Systems, the leading provider of AWS-compatible private and hybrid clouds, today introduced Eucalyptus 3.4, enabling innovative organizations to reduce cloud spend, increase agility and regain control over cloud performance, scale and security. New features including image migration and management, a hybrid cloud user console, identity and access management (IAM) roles, enhanced high availability and warm upgrade provide developers and cloud administrators with increased application development agility and a seamless path to hybrid cloud computing.

In fast moving, highly competitive markets, there is increased pressure on businesses to rapidly innovate, with technology, media and telco companies feeling the greatest burden. For these companies, cloud spend is outpacing the associated value and business agility is hampered by internal processes and tools. Additionally, these companies struggle to achieve performance or security goals within the public cloud and need alternative solutions.

"Many companies are finding that the economics of private clouds make this approach a compelling choice for workloads such as development and testing," said Al Hilwa, Program Director, Application Development Software at IDC. "Private clouds enable users to accurately predict and manage costs, while ensuring a high level of control over performance, policies and service levels."

Innovative organizations such as the European Space Agency and F-Secure rely on Eucalyptus to create flexible and cost-effective development and test environments. MemSQL, a leader in distributed in-memory database technology for real-time analytics, is saving $250,000 per year by using Eucalyptus.

New features in Eucalyptus 3.4 include:

  • Enriched Image Management and Migration
    To simplify the process of moving development and test workloads to a private cloud, Eucalyptus 3.4 introduces new and enhanced utilities for converting Amazon Machine Images to Eucalyptus Machine Images (EMI). For VMware users, improved support for VMDK-to-EMI helps onboard existing, virtualized applications, and lower or cap VMware licensing costs based on Eucalyptus’ support of KVM.

  • Warm Upgrade
    Warm Upgrade eliminates unnecessary impact to critical development and test activities by simplifying the upgrade process and allowing cloud administrators to perform a software upgrade on a Eucalyptus cloud with no instance downtime.

  • Hybrid Cloud User Console
    The Eucalyptus Hybrid Cloud User Console drives a new level of agility by enabling users to easily provision, monitor and manage cloud resources from a single interface. For example, a cloud administrator can check the status of development and test workloads running in Eucalyptus, then shift their view to production workloads running on AWS. The cloud administrator can take action in either cloud, such as provisioning additional resources or adjusting Auto Scaling policies.

  • Identity and Access Management (IAM) Roles
    An AWS compatible feature, IAM Roles enable users to adopt cloud security best practices in both private and public cloud environments. Cloud administrators gain better control over Eucalyptus cloud resources and can easily delegate access to them without risk of sharing security credentials.

  • Enhanced High Availability
    Improved capabilities provide cloud administrators more flexibility and control over how they deploy a highly available Eucalyptus cloud. Cloud administrators can control the physical placement of cloud management services and even manually failover components, all leading to easy-to-maintain Eucalyptus clouds.

"With Eucalyptus 3.4, customers have the power to reduce cloud costs while gaining greater control over cloud performance, scale and security," said Andy Knosp, vice president of product at Eucalyptus. "A single Eucalyptus private cloud can pay for itself in as little as three months. For organizations that need to dynamically scale their workloads to the public cloud, our compatibility with AWS allows companies to leverage this approach when it makes the most business sense."

Eucalyptus 3.4 will be available for download this week. Visit the What's New page for additional information about enhancements and new features.

About Eucalyptus Systems

Eucalyptus Systems provides the only solution that transforms a customer's IT infrastructure into a private cloud that works like Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Eucalyptus Cloud Management Platform (CMP) is open source software that provides access to the scalability of the AWS public cloud while allowing for customization and control of internal cloud resources. By creating a hybrid cloud bridge between Eucalyptus and AWS, customers gain the flexibility to choose where to run workloads. With Eucalyptus, IT can now create an agile, affordable, and AWS-compatible environment for continuous integration (CI) and self-service IT. Empower innovation with a Eucalyptus cloud.

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