Eucalyptus 3 Nears Launch Amid Cloud Partner Push

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Eucalyptus Systems is bringing "enterprise-grade high availability" and better resource allocation to the private and hybrid cloud with the launch of Eucalyptus 3, the next generation of its flagship open source-based Amazon EC2-compatible IaaS cloud computing platform. At the same time, CEO Marten Mickos (pictured) says the Eucalyptus business strategy is completely partner focused.

Eucalyptus 3 won't reach general availability until the fourth quarter of 2011. In the meantime, Mickos is evangelizing the Eucalyptus partner strategy. (See FastChat Video, left).

The official press release says Eucalyptus 3 achieves high availability by enabling instant failover to what the company refers to as a "hot spare" service running on a different physical node. The feature is hyped as "smooth, fast, and totally transparent to Eucalyptus cloud users." It's potentially a boon for cloud service providers that need to hit high SLAs with Eucalyptus-based clouds.

Resource control allocation (RAC) is the other headlining improvement for Eucalyptus 3. The goal is to enable Eucalyptus administrators to fine-tune user access, track costs, and monitor cloud usage more closely.

To that end, Eucalyptus 3 supports the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Identity and Access Management (IAM) API  for user group management, as well as the ability to map identities from LDAP and Active Directory servers to Eucalyptus accounts. And Eucalyptus 3 also enhances integration with existing data center billing and chargeback systems.

Eucalyptus closed out its press materials with the following laundry list of new features: "Boot from EBS, NetAPP and JBOD SAN drivers, and support for VMware 4.1, RHEL 6.0 and KVM."

This announcement comes with the claim that Eucalyptus has been "started up" 25,000 times around the globe. It's an impressive statistic, but we don't know how many of those deployments actually involve paying customers. Plus, some partners like Canonical have hedged their bets. Canonical earlier this year said its Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud platform would leverage OpenStack instead of Eucalyptus going forward.

Still, Mickos remains partner focused and Eucalyptus 3 is coming. We'll offer updates as the launch date approaches.

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