Hybrid cloud's big question: will it blend?

California-based Eucalyptus Systems has coined a new term to describe part of the developer’s imperative to now help move and migrate (some) cloud computing driven applications from public cloud infrastructures to new hybrid models.

“Blending Clouds” is the firm’s take on emerging usage patterns and the architectural principals behind this approach.

Eucalyptus points to initial moves taken by firms who have chosen to place applications live in the public cloud, as it provides an “attractive alternative” to purchasing data center infrastructure.

However — and it’s a big however…

According to a recent press statement from Eucalyptus, “As demand grows over time, companies may make the decision to move applications behind the firewall to optimise infrastructure performance, security for mission critical apps and cost. Alternatively, some companies expect their private cloud investment to provide an onramp to the public cloud. For this reason, today’s private cloud investments should accommodate public cloud futures”

Hybrid, dovetails & blends

Not content with spinning in the use of “blending”, Eucalyptus also asserts that public and private clouds are quickly “dovetailing” to enable blended scenarios based on (and here’s the $64,000 dollar challenge…) dynamic optimisations for price, policy and performance.

The firm’s on-premise cloud computing platform is based around open-source software components that its development says it uses without modification. So once again as are seeing so prevalently with OpenStack and its open standards in the cloud space, open clouds good – closed proprietary clouds not always so good.

“There are two advantages that we immediately enjoy as a result of this decision. First, because we do not make changes to these packages, we automatically incorporate any improvements or upgrades that the open-source community has contributed. Secondly, by choosing open-source components that are common to most freely available Linux distributions, Eucalyptus can run in pre-existing Linux installations without the addition or modification of the installed software infrastructure,” said the company.

The firm’s David Butler has said that hybrid clouds don’t emerge by chance — instead, they require thoughtful, considered planning and resilient enterprise-grade foundations.

A cloudy mélange?

Ed: he said hybrid, didn’t he mean dovetail-blended-mélange-ombination-potpourri clouds?

Eucalyptus is of the mind that cloud platforms should be modularised so that they can support multiple APIs and virtualisation environments. Thus while the initial versions of the firm’s system supported the AWS APIs and Xen hypervisor platform, Eucalyptus is designed to support multiple APIs and virtualisation environments simultaneously, in the same cloud.

These industry moves come in the same week that cloud computing service company Rackspace has launched the world’s first large-scale, production ready cloud, powered by OpenStack.

Built on OpenStack, the new cloud offering incorporates a what has been described as “robust portfolio” of cloud solutions such as Cloud Servers, Cloud Databases, Cloud Block Storage, Cloud Networks, a completely new cloud Control Panel, Cloud Monitoring and support for the OpenStack API.

The open cloud is here!

“The open era of the cloud is a reality and Rackspace has positioned itself at the forefront of this massive, technological shift,” said Lanham Napier, CEO of Rackspace.

“We’re drawing a line in the sand against proprietary cloud providers. With this launch, Rackspace is providing an open cloud alternative, backed by Fanatical Support and our core expertise on OpenStack, to deliver a strong product portfolio that will help customers navigate their way through an increasingly complex cloud environment.”

Video: Will it blend? Courtesy of Blendtec

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