Private Cloud Platform Selection has more than one reasons to take the latest packages under the magnifying glass and analyze to build private cloud for own. The names of Private Cloud Platform arise in this topic are OpenStack, VMWare, Microsoft, Eucalyptus, Cloud Stack, Red Hat Cloud, Cloud Foundry etc. We only can point you towards the positive and negative points of each Private Cloud Platform, but it is you who have to select the Private Cloud Platform yourself, simply as we can not promote any particular Private Cloud Platform.
Private Cloud Platform Selection Inside Out
Previously we discussed about Private Cloud through various articles. Private cloud environment is characterized by the concept that own data center or dedicated server can be connected with third party’s Private Cloud Platform. Companies can use Private Cloud Platform for their employees, departments and projects for scalable resources in the form of virtual machines as well as development platforms on demand. In addition to infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions , there is also approaches through Private Cloud Platform to deliver platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).
Selection of Private Cloud Platform
Eucalyptus : Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your Programs To Useful Systems. Eucalyptus is a software platform for the implementation of private cloud computing, its user-facing interface is compatible with the Amazon EC2 and S3 services. The eucalyptus core area consists of five components : cloud controller for managing the whole system, cluster controller for management of the virtual network, Node Controller to control the hypervisor and the operating system of nodes, Walrus is access management tool for the Storage Service and the storage controllers for storage service within Eucalyptus System. The name and fame of Eucalyptus Private Cloud Platform is quite well established. In June 2012, Eucalyptus Systems officially announced that their open source edition is now hosted on Github. Their Private Cloud Platform customers includes NASA, US FDA. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in April 2012, openly stated, ”There are many cloud products in the market place, but NIST has determined Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition is the only IaaS cloud management software currently on the market that is built open source and supports private and public cloud infrastructure.”
Open Stack / Rackspace Private Cloud Platform : We wrote about Open Stack before. The Open Stack source code is freely available under the Apache 2.0 license. This gives the opportunity to develop own cloud solutions and improvements to be channeled back into the project. Rackspace as a company has one of the best customer support, be it Private Cloud Platform or Public Cloud. Customers includes DreamHost (oh yeah), Sony and more as Private Cloud Platform.
VMWare Private Cloud Platform : VMware offers Private Cloud Platform in addition to some public cloud solutions. This is not surprising, by the manufacturer of the pioneers in the field of virtualization softwares, a technology that is the key element of cloud computing. Southwest Airlines, Revlon are their proud Private Cloud Platform customers.
Microsoft Private Cloud Platform : Microsoft System Center is the direct interface to the user. As the control center responsible for the System Center Configuration; provisioning, monitoring and operation of the cloud infrastructure, it is easier to handle Private Cloud Platform. Microsoft provides free trials, link to download Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software etc. for evaluation of their Private Cloud Platform. As usually, all softwares for Private Cloud Platform of Microsoft is proprietary.
What to choose among the list of Private Cloud Platform
The selection of Private Cloud Platform somewhat depends on your usage pattern. Both Eucalyptus and Open Stack / Rackspace can fulfill the wide range of criteria and need of any Private Cloud Platform user as these Private Cloud Platform uses Open Source Softwares.