Free Eucalyptus allows you to build your own private version of a cloud
1223_ 6/17/12 - We hope you're getting a good bit of a sense of the Glue Conference. We are learning and seeing so much - exciting new API's and mobile apps and trying to Glue it all together. Here we're talking with Greg DeKoenigsberg who is the VP of Community at Eucalyptus Systems. We asked Greg to tell us about his organization. Eucalyptus Systems is based out of Santa Barbara, California and they do private cloud. What that means is, if you're familiar with the Amazon Web Services Cloud, which is pretty much the biggest cloud out there. Eucalyptus provides software that allows you to build your own private version of a cloud that looks very similar to Amazon AWS. Talk about exciting and this is open source software. You can go to Eucalyptus.com and download it for yourself. It takes a minimum of two systems at the very most basic configuration and then you can just add systems and it manages all of the virtual machines just as if you were managing an Amazon cloud. The promise of the cloud is that it allows you to self-administer your own boxes. Greg has a favorite story called the Sys Admin's Lament. In large organizations the sys admin traditionally has lots of power. Whenever someone inside a large organization needed a new computer, they would always go to the sys admin and say, 'hey, I need a box or two.' Being a sys admin is a hard job... managing all these assets and requests, they developed processes. There came a point where Amazon Web Services came to be a big deal - where the frustrated developer inside the organization, who just needed a resource for a skunk works project. It became easier for that developer to take out their credit card and put it down and pay Amazon $50 a month for their own system and then they didn't need to deal with the IT folks. Once this became really popular...
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LISTEN TO: Greg DeKoenigsberg, VP Community, Eucalyptus Systems
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