Eucalyptus expanded for Windows use

The enterprise version of the Eucalyptus private cloud software can now run Windows as well as Linux

Eucalyptus Systems has released an update to the commercial version of its private cloud software, Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition.

Version 2.0 of the software can run instances of the Windows operating system in a self-provisioned cloud, in addition to Linux, said Marten Mickos, the former CEO of MySQL who became chief executive of Eucalyptus Systems in March.

The updated software can also track usage and costs for predefined groups, allowing organizations to understand which of its departments are using cloud computing resources and adjust their internal accounting accordingly.

Developed by a University of California researcher with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, Eucalyptus allows anyone to set up a cloud platform, which then can be offered as a service, either internally or publicly.

The software duplicates all of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) application programming interfaces, guaranteeing that any workload running on AWS can also run on a Eucalyptus platform, according to the company. This allows organizations to set up applications that can be run either on an internal cloud, on AWS, or switched between the two.

The new version can run Windows Server 2003, Windows 2008 and Windows 7, which users can log into via Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol. The software also allows an administrator to put potential users into groups and allocate them different levels of access.

Version 2.0 includes Storage Area Network (SAN) adapters, allowing the software to connect directly to a SAN, which should improve I/O (input/output) throughput.

The commercial version of Eucalyptus is aimed at a number of different enterprise users, Mickos said. One group would be members of the research community who have heavy computational applications with variable loads. Another would be large organizations that simply want to use their data centers more efficiently.

"You can reduce your idle time on the hardware, meaning you can do more with the same hardware," Mickos said. While this benefit can also be realized by using virtualization software, cloud services will offer the additional benefit of "being able to provision servers much faster, and even let the users self-provision," which could cut manpower costs, he argued.

Mickos was CEO of MySQL when the relational database company was purchased in 2008 by Sun Microsystems, which was subsequently purchased by Oracle. MySQL the company offered a commercially supported version of its database, as well as a more basic free version.

"The model that MySQL was striving towards is now the one we use for Eucalyptus," he said. He called this approach "open core."

"There is a core product that is open, and around it you have commercial features that you get only when you pay money," he said.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Amazon Web Servicesopen sourceeucalyptusamazon ec2windows servermysqlcloud computing

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?