In this second post on the Open Source and Cloud Computing Series, I am going to take a
look at two open source products that will be showcased in Under The Radar Cloud
Computing Event at Mountain View on April 24th 2009. Cloud Avenue is a media
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I have talked several times about the importance of Open Source in Cloud Computing. It is no wonder
that the Under the Radar event on Cloud Computing has two companies showcasing
their product(s)/project on stage. This, clearly, highlights the growing
importance of Open Source and how it is shaping the field. In this post, I will
talk briefly about these two companies and reserve a longer analysis about them
for future posts in this series.
Of the two companies, one of them, Eucalyptus Project, is not a commercial company per se but an
academic project gaining tremendous momentum among the business users. The other
company, Abiquo, is planning
to release their products on 15th April. Like Eucalyptus, Abiquo also has
tremendous potential to help enterprise customers take advantage of Cloud
EUCALYPTUS, short form for Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking
Your Programs To Useful Systems, is a software that helps implement elasticity,
a major requirement for the term Cloud Computing, in clusters or server farms.
It is an Open Source project developed by MAYHEM Lab within the Computer Science
Department at University of California at Santa Barbara and licensed under
FreeBSD style license so that it can be used under commercial environment
without any usage restrictions. It is developed using commonly available Linux
tools and basic web services technology. It is designed to support multiple
client side interface but, right now, it is compatible only with Amazon EC2.
Future releases will support other clients too. The source code and binary can
be downloaded from their website. They also offer Eucalyptus public cloud for users to test drive. It is free to
sign up. Users can run up to 4 virtual machine instances at any point of time
and each instance will be automatically be killed after 6 hours. So, this public
cloud cannot be used in a production environment.
Abiquo is a Barcelona based company whose technology helps users create,
manage and scale complex computing architectures from one unique platform. They
have three products, abiCloud, abiNtense and abiData, which can be used to
develop infrastructure for public or private or hybrid cloud, hosting solutions,
cloud appliances, etc.. abiCloud is the open source cloud manager and it is used
to create and manage resources and also scale as per the need. abiNtense is a
grid like architecture developed to help reduce the execution time for intense
calculations. I can right away see a major role for this product from academic
research environments to wall street firms. This will greatly help companies
take their products to market fast. abiData, developed using Hadoop, hBase and
Pig, is an information management system that can be used to analyze large
volumes of data.
It is pretty exciting to see these Open Source companies Under the Radar. If
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