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Upcoming Eucalyptus Release To Include "Features...Other Cloud Platforms Are Only Dreaming of"

Version 3.3 will be Generally Available (GA) in June, says Mårten Mickos

"In June of 2013 we are shipping Eucalyptus version 3.3 and again we present features to you that other cloud platforms are only dreaming of," blogged Eucalyptus CEO Mårten Mickos today. "We are adding three new services for scalable cloud workloads," he continued, "Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, and CloudWatch."

With the release of 3.3, Mickos asserts, Eucalyptus will more than ever establish itself as "the perfect platform for anyone developing, testing and deploying cloud applications."

He explains:

"[Eucalyptus] gives you the controlled environment you need for internal development and massive testing, while getting you ready for deployment to planetary scale on the public cloud – on AWS. No other private cloud platform offers you a seamless compatibility with AWS."

Mårten Mickos speaking at 9th Cloud Expo, in 2011

Mickos also underline the importance of the three new upcoming features, explaining each of them as follows:

"Auto Scaling is the capability of the cloud to automatically add new instances to your application when the workload hits a threshold you define. Conversely, the cloud will release virtual machines when the workload subsides again. Elastic Load Balancing is the ability of the cloud platform to load balance the workload from the user of the application to the various instances that power it. It’s automatic and it requires no extra hardware. Finally, CloudWatch is the function that monitors the behavior of the two other features (and the cloud in general) and provides you with reports and alerts."

With his characteristically infectious enthusiasm, Mickos writes of how "there is no end to our pride and excitement!" at Eucalyptus Systems. And he cites a very interesting use case involving Nokia Siemens Networks:

"The number 3 has serious meaning to us. When we released our first 3 – version 3.0 – in February of 2012, we brought to bear something the market hadn’t seen before: a cloud platform with high availability (HA) built in.

At that time, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) was going into production with their internal Eucalyptus cloud. Little did they anticipate that their usage would grow by 50% per quarter over the coming year. They have been adding more servers ever since, and they keep doing so at an astonishing rate. But that rate is nothing compared to what it would have been WITHOUT a private cloud platform. NSN saw an improvement in server utilization of 300%. For every new server they buy, there are 3 more that they do not have to buy. Thanks to Eucalyptus, their servers are working harder! It’s always a good idea to let machines work hard."

Cloud Computing Journal will bring you more on Euca v3.3. when the GA date finally arrives.

More Stories By Jeremy Geelan

Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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