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23 March 2012, 10:45

Amazon and Eucalyptus sign cloud computing deal

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Eucalyptus Systems have signed an agreement that sees both cloud computing companies collaborate in bringing on-site, private clouds, and Amazon's AWS offerings like Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Service (S3) closer together.

Eucalyptus provides its customers with private cloud solutions that are largely compatible with Amazon's APIs. As part of this deal, Amazon has committed to help Eucalyptus improve this compatibility even further, with the eventual goal of making the migration of workloads from private Eucalyptus clouds to Amazon's services as seamless as possible. The Eucalyptus software stack is available under the GPLv3. Eucalyptus was developed as a private compatible implementation of Amazon's web APIs and was used as the Canonical's Ubuntu cloud computing solution before Canonical and Ubuntu switched to OpenStack.

The agreement will not have any immediate impact on users of either service, but it does place Eucalyptus at an advantage when it comes to creating private clouds for existing AWS customers. The possibility exists too that customers will be able to use their private cloud and AWS resources elastically, consuming AWS servers only when their private cloud is out of capacity, or using it to provide redundancy or geographic availability.

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