The Daily Cloud: A cloud computing open source love fest

Terracotta, Eucalyptus, Gear6 and Open Cloud Computing Interface founder Sam Johnston are throwing an open source party in the cloud, and you're invited!

All the cloud news that's fit to spin!

Happy open source day, everyone!
It must be some kind of open source holiday, as the ground is littered with commercial (and not so commercial) open source cloud computing projects making announcements.

First off, Terracotta and Eucalyptus have joined forces to pitch their virtualization and cloud platforms together as a private cloud. Terracotta makes ehCache, a virtualized memory caching tool, and Eucalyptus mimics the operation of Amazon's EC2 environment.

Eucalyptus, a private startup spun-off from UC Berkley's computing labs, said the idea was to make heavy-duty users like pharma and banks look more closely at private clouds for high-performance computing (HPC). Once you get set up on your own special HPC cloud, you can call in Terracotta or Eucalyptus for support -- for a modest fee, of course.

Next, Sam Johnston, Australian computer whiz and founder of the Open Cloud Computing Interface, also announced OpenECP, an open source software kit for building a cloud. The kit comes from Enomaly, which started the project back in 2007.

Enomaly had quietly removed the open source distribution from its website and appears to be in the process of closing its source and going fully commercial, something that irked feisty Sam. The project looks to be forked from Enomaly's ECP 3.0, which was not publicly available. This may also have irked Enomaly founder Reuven Cohen, but no public word on OpenECP yet from the famously prolix Cohen.

And finally, Gear6, which made a splash recently by announcing its memcached distribution for Amazon's cloud, has now ported Cloud Cache to GoGrid. Open source memcached is far and away the most popular memory caching app in use in the cloud and on the Web, and Gear6 thinks it can find money in selling its product, normally found on the rack, in the cloud.

That remains to be seen, but presumably support for Rackspace, Joyent, and the rest of the gang isn't far off either.

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