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18 June 2010, 10:10

Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition 2.0: Windows in the cloud

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Eucalyptus Logo Eucalyptus Systems has announced the release of version 2.0 of their Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition (EE) private cloud environment. Discussing the announcement, Eucalyptus Systems CEO Marten Mickos said, “Eucalyptus EE 2.0 is built on the core Eucalyptus open source platform, with additional functionality designed to optimise building and deploying massively scalable, high performance private clouds in the enterprise,” adding that, “Over the past year, Eucalyptus has become established as the standard for private cloud computing, and we believe that Eucalyptus EE 2.0 will accelerate its adoption in mainstream businesses.”

The latest 2.0 release adds support for Windows Server 2003, 2008 and Windows 7 virtual machines. Previously only Linux images were supported. Other changes include new accounting and user group management capabilities, allowing administrators to easily define groups of users and allocate different levels of access based on a group's needs.

Eucalyptus, which is an acronym for "Elastic Utility Computing Architecture Linking Your Programs To Useful Systems", allows for the implementation of cloud computing within a data centre by providing an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution that is compatible with Amazon Web Services (AWS), including Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Block Store (EBS).

More details about the release can be found in the official release announcement. A free trial (registration required) of Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition version 2.0 is available from the company's web site.

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