Red Hat pitches "open clouds for all"
Open source giant Red Hat has announced a series of updates to its Cloud Foundations software. Striking a rare, virtuous note, Red Hat is preaching "open clouds and open standards" for all. It says it is the only company capable of delivering an entire "cloud stack," including operating system, hypervisor, middleware, GUI and so on.
"Furthermore, this stack is designed to run consistently across physical servers, virtual platforms, private clouds and public clouds," said Red Hat. It's built on Deltacloud, Red Hat's pet API project, and rolls up a number of Red Hat products into something you can pay Red Hat to come and set up for you.
The next release of Cloud Foundations will include new management tools and an application builder, along with a service integration tool that can be used for inter-cloud migrations. It will also include a Platform as a Service-specific stack that will supposedly let companies build their own development and operations platforms in the model of VMforce, Google App Engine or Azure. That's based on JBoss and Tomcat.
Red Hat trotted out a lineup of big customers, mostly vendors like Symantec, Wipro, Ingres and Nimsoft, owned by CA. Nimsoft provides a big part of CA's own cloud offering, and CA targets the same large enterprises Red Hat does. Awkward.
Free Eucalyptus goes 2.0
Citing a new, relaxed, six-month version release schedule and pointing to great strides in technology, open source cloud platform maker Eucalyptus has released version 2.0 of its free Community Edition (CE), bringing it officially on par with its for-pay Enterprise Edition (EE), with a few choice exceptions.
"Building a cloud really is rocket science," said CEO Marten Mickos in an interview. He said that Eucalyptus' core technology was focused entirely on transactional scalability tied to resource scalability, and added that Eucalyptus' Enterprise Edition had successfully been put in place in some enormous, multi-thousand-node environments.
Releasing the Community Edition in the wild with the same core technology was a show of commitment to its open source roots, and Mickos said that updates would be made regularly to both CE and EE from now on, bringing the two products into sync. However, certain features, like support for VMware hypervisors, will remain behind the pay wall. Mickos said that the vast majority of customers interested in VMware clouds were already in the enterprise, and therefore were likely to pay for that support.
But trouble looms. Competitor Cloud.com has revealed that it will be supporting VMware in its free, open source edition, announced yesterday, as well as its for-pay software. This is a striking difference, especially for hosting and service providers more likely to use open source software. Your move, Eucalyptus.