Note: beta still means beta. We’re aiming for release candidates for Eucalyptus 3.1 within the next month or so. Still, these packages are pretty stable for us so far, pass the majority of our ridiculous battery of QA tests, and are altogether suitable for a quick install to see what the fuss is all about. And it’s a whole lot simpler than building from source.
For those of you who missed us in New York and the Bay Area this week, never fear. We’re getting around. Come see us at:
- April 28 – 29: LinuxFest Northwest, Bellingham WA
- April 30 – May 2: OpenCloudConf, Sunnyvale CA
- May 6 – 10: Interop Las Vegas – Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
- May 8: Goldman Sachs Cloud Computing Conference – Rosewood Sand Hill, Menlo Park CA
- May 16: AWS User Group Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Find the person in the Eucalyptus t-shirt / white dress shirt / hoodie and say hello. Check out our full events schedule. If you’ve got an event you’d like to add to that list, let me know.
On Wednesday April 25th, Eucalyptus will be hosting our first EucaDay. It’s a friendly little gathering of customers, partners, and community, and it’s free to attend. If you’re in the New York City area, you can register right now.
Of course, not everyone will be able to make it to New York City for this event. That’s ok, too — you can still attend and participate. For the sessions led by Marten Mickos (head honcho), Tim Cramer (lovable despot of engineering) and myself (community guy), we will be transcribing them live and in their entirety to IRC: #eucalyptus-meeting on freenode. In the morning session, Marten will go from 8am to 8:30am, and Tim will go from 8:30am to 9:30am. In the afternoon session, I will go from 3pm to 4:30pm, and then Marten will wrap up at 4:30pm. (All times in the Eastern US timezone.)
The community session will be particularly interesting, mostly because I’ll only be speaking for a small part of it. We will be running a Eucalyptus mini-film-festival, where members of our community will link to short videos, and then take questions and answers on IRC afterwards. See what actual community members are doing, right now, to make Eucalyptus more useful.
The great thing about IRC is that you can fire up your client and lurk all day, if you like. Just read back for the interesting bits. Logs will be available as well, as with all Eucalyptus meetings on IRC.
So. Join us on freenode, #eucalyptus-meeting, for the day on Wednesday. Lurk or jump in. Not being in NYC doesn’t mean you can’t join the fun.
The cloud world has been quite the spectacle lately. Intrigue, romance, alliances and double-crosses, comedy, tragedy, and zombies. If you’ve seen the play already, I won’t bore you by recounting it — and if you haven’t, I won’t ruin it for you.
At Eucalyptus, we continue to care most about, and focus chiefly on, making open source cloud software that works for our users. So let’s set aside the theatrics and talk about users for a moment.
Some of you may be familiar with the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST for short. They’ve taken quite an interest in cloud computing. In fact, they decided to come up with a definition for the term “cloud computing”. And when a standards body like NIST decides to define something, they are thorough. As in, sixteen drafts worth of thorough. This work culminated with The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing, published in October 2011.
As it happens, NIST also wants to build their own cloud infrastructure. To that end, they’ve put out an RFQ. Here’s what they’re looking for:
“The Enterprise Systems Division (ESD) of the Office of Information Systems Management (OISM) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking to obtain cloud management software to deploy a hybrid private (on-premise) and public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) that uses NIST’s existing VMware ESX infrastructure and supports AWS-compatible public cloud resources. ESD’s goal is to offer NIST’s Scientists an on-demand, self-service portal to IT resources using NIST’s own IT resources and IT resources in public cloud space.”
And what technology has NIST chosen? The only one that currently fits the bill: Eucalyptus. Again, from the RFQ:
“There are many cloud products in the market place, but NIST has determined Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition is the only IaaS cloud management software currently on the market that is built open source and supports private and public cloud infrastructure.”
The cloud market is moving fast. Lots of competition, lots of churn, and lots of talk. But we believe that code talks loudest. We will continue to let our code, and our users, talk for us.