Eucalyptus Offers Open-Source VMware-Based Cloud Platform

Eucalyptus Systems, a startup that developed software that enables businesses to create an internal cloud computing environment that's compatible with Amazon's EC2, is releasing its first commercial product, the Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition. EEE leverages VMware virtualization technology, including vSphere and ESX, to give businesses more options in transforming their virtualized data centers into on-premises compute clouds.

Startup vendor Eucalyptus Systems, which has made a name for itself with open-source technology that enables enterprises to build an internal cloud computing environment that is compatible with Amazon's EC2 public cloud offering, is launching its first commercial product that supports VMware's virtualization technologies.

Eucalyptus on Sept. 9 announced EEE (Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition), which lets businesses use the VMware products-in particular, the vSphere 4 virtualization platform and ESX and ESXi hypervisors-to build an on-premises cloud computing environment.

In addition, EEE also supports other hypervisors, including the open-source Xen and KVM.

Eucalyptus, which started out as a research project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, created open-source interfaces that enable businesses to use their own internal IT-including servers, storage systems and networking devices-to build clouds that are compatible with Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud).

With EEE, Eucalyptus is now supporting the VMware products.

"Eucalyptus Systems' mission has been to support the open-source Eucalyptus on-premises cloud platform while also delivering solutions for large-scale enterprise deployments," Rich Wolski, Eucalyptus' co-founder and CTO, and former director of the academic research project at UCSB, said in a statement. "EEE represents the first step toward broader Eucalyptus-enabled cloud interoperability that leverages multiple virtualization environments and technologies."

Along with supporting the VMware products, EEE also includes an image converter that helps businesses create VMware-enabled Eucalyptus applications that are compatible with Amazon's EC2, according to company officials.

EEE is available immediately and licensed based on the number of processor cores on the physical host system.