Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Eucalyptus 3.4- What's New?

Eucalyptus 3.4- What's New?

With Eucalyptus version 3.4 scheduled for release in October, here's a quick look at what to expect from this latest release.

Here's a recorded VIDEO of a Webinar conducted by the  Eucalyptus Engineering and Product teams where they walk you through some of the new features and improvements that are being considered for Eucalyptus 3.4 


The following features and improvements are under development for 3.4: 

  • Eucalyptus User Console Enhancements: - The new Eucalyptus User Console can be used to manage resources in AWS as well. It uses oAuth to verify your credentials with AWS. Once done, you can use the User Console to perform basic management tasks on your AWS infrastructure. The only downside is that you cannot manage both Eucalyptus and AWS side-by-side yet. I guess this is definitely on the roadmap for Eucalyptus as well, providing a single management console for Hybrid Clouds.

  • Identity & Access Management (IAM) Roles: - These roles allow users to delegate access to Eucalyptus Cloud resources without having to share security credentials for each entity that requires access to a resource.

  • Warm Upgrades: - This is yet another cool feature introduced in 3.4 that allows administrators to upgrade the Node Controllers without shutting down any running instances.

  • Image Management Improvements: - There are a lot of great improvements in the Image Management techniques for Eucalyptus 3.4 such as ability to create images from existing instances, simplified VMDK-to-EMI conversion and AMI-to-EMI conversion, and enhanced support for Windows image creation.

There are a lot more features and enhancements planned and explained for version 3.4 on the Eucalyptus site. To know more Click HERE.

With its next scheduled major version launch next year with a tonne of cool features such as Application Templating (Cloud Formation), scalable relational databases (Relational Database Service), Hadoop MapReduce (Elastic Map Reduce) along with extensive improvements in Compte, Storage and Networking, Eucalyptus is one open source Cloud to watch out for!!


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