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Amazon Web Services Teams With Eucalyptus To Ease Cloud Migration

Darryl K. Taft covers IBM, big data and a number of other topics for TechWeekEurope and eWeek

AWS and Eucalyptus Systems have joined to help enterprises to achieve on-premises to cloud migrations

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Eucalyptus Systems, a provider of on-premises Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) software, announced an agreement that enables customers to migrate workloads between their existing data centres and AWS more efficiently by using the same management tools and skills across both environments.

Officials from both parties said, as part of this agreement, that AWS will support Eucalyptus as the companies continue to extend compatibility with AWS APIs and customer use cases. Customers can run applications in their existing data centres that are compatible with popular Amazon Web Services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), AWS said

Common APIs

“We’re pleased to provide customers with the added flexibility to more freely move workloads between their existing IT environments and the AWS cloud,” said Terry Wise, director of Amazon Web Services Partner Ecosystem, in a statement. “Enterprises can now take advantage of a common set of APIs that work with both AWS and Eucalyptus, enabling the use of scripts and other management tools across both platforms without the need to rewrite or maintain environment-specific versions. Additionally, customers can leverage their existing skills and knowledge of the AWS platform by using the same, familiar AWS SDKs and command line tools in their existing data centres.”

Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus, said: “We’re excited to be working more closely with AWS. The ability to develop against a common set of market-leading APIs, for both on-premise and cloud deployments, is a big benefit for our customers and software partners. This agreement is going to accelerate our roadmap, and help us maintain our compatibility with AWS as both companies continue to innovate.”

Eucalyptus Systems provides IT organisations in enterprises, government agencies and Web and mobile businesses with a widely deployed software platform for on-premises IaaS. Eucalyptus is specifically designed for enterprise use, and the software platform is suited for private or hybrid IaaS computing. Built as an open source product, Eucalyptus supports the AWS cloud APIs, as well as all major virtualisation platforms including Xen, KVM and VMware vSphere, ESX and ESXi.

“The cloud is becoming an increasingly important foundation for our data centre operations, which support more than 600,000 hotel rooms under seven brands,” said Scott Johnson, vice president of Enterprise Engineering at InterContinental Hotel Group, in a statement. “As a user of both Amazon Web Services and Eucalyptus, this agreement will provide us with even greater flexibility and scalability for our cloud deployments. We believe the ability to leverage a common set of APIs will significantly transform our operations and provide a business advantage in the competitive hospitality industry.”