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26 November 2012, 16:02

New user console and simpler administration for Eucalyptus 3.2

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Eucalyptus logo The next release of the Amazon Web Services compatible Eucalyptus cloud platform will offer a new web-based user console to make self-service provisioning easier than ever, simplified administration through better logging capabilities, and improved usage reporting. Version 3.2 is the first major version of Eucalyptus since the company resynchronised the proprietary enterprise and open source versions of its code into a single version during the summer release of Eucalyptus 3.1. The new version has been announced by Eucalyptus Systems in advance of its general availability in December.

The new web console allows users to provision compute, network and storage resources; for example, a user can provision instances, keypairs, passwords, Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes and snapshots, and image catalogs from the browser. Administrators will be able to generate reports that can provide usage information suitable for calculating charges for consumed resources and to enable future planning. Reports can be generated at the user, group and cloud level for the major resource classes and triggered from the GUI, via the API or from the command line, and stored in an external database if needed.

Other enhancements include better cloud robustness, thanks, says the company, to large scale QA testing with customers. New storage adaptors have also been added, with a JBOD storage adapter allowing raw block devices and JBODs to be used as part of Eucalyptus's implementation of EBS, and an EMC VNX SAN Storage Adaptor connecting EBS to EMC's storage range. Eucalyptus is licensed under a combination of GPLv3 and BSD. The currently available version of Eucalyptus is version 3.1, which is available to download; source code is available on GitHub.


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