Cloud DevelopmentsPosted on April 3rd, 2012
I’d been leaning towards OpenStack for my private clouds; it’s not entirely production-ready yet, but with Dell, HP, and Rackspace behind it I had high hopes. But Citrix just fully open-sourced CloudStack. As Lydia Leong notes, this changes the calculus a bit.
She mentions HP’s cloud efforts, but I’m going to be watching Dell. I think Rob Hirschfeld’s Crowbar project is going to hit the sweet spot for people who want to deploy private clouds. They’re deeply involved in the OpenStack community; still, stability is attractive.
And while I’m reading Lydia’s blog, she’s right about the Eucalyptus/EC2 API license. You don’t see anyone claiming that Google+’s API (whenever it shows up) needs to be compatible with Facebook’s API in order to succeed.
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I’d love to walk you through CloudStack and get you connected with some of the developers. I’m one of the founders of Cloud.com, and run CloudStack customer engagements at Citrix. Feel free to email me at shannon(dot)williams@citrix(dot)com if you’ve got any questions or want to get a walk through. I also know a couple big CloudStack fans at Dell if you’d like an intro.
As a recent new participant in the cloud space I’m still taking it all in — specifically I joined Piston Cloud in November to head up Customer Care.
I’ve also only heard good things about Crowbar.
Juju also looks promising as an orchestration layer. It’s particularly interesting to me as it has cloud primitives. https://launchpad.net/juju
I agree that the EC2 API license is a non-event. Amazon ever doing anything to restrict its API compatibility would be self-harming, and OpenStack already has a solid implementation commercially supported by Piston Cloud and Canonical.
OpenStack may not be production downloaded off the web today, but ourselves and a few others have production ready OpenStack products and services. It won’t take long for all of us contributors to solidify the core through our contributions back, and continue to dig deep into interesting challenges that meet the needs of a broader community (than some of the stacks).
You’re writing again! EXCELLENT.
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