Cloud.com Enabling Hybrid Clouds

Cloud.com Inc. , creator of an open-source cloud-computing platform used by more than 30 service providers, unveiled CloudStack 2.2 on Tuesday. The release offers support for multiple virtualization platforms and a bridge to enable interoperability with other cloud-computing environments. (See Cloud.com Goes Version 2.2.)

Cloud.com came out of stealth mode in mid-2010 and has signed companies as large as Tata Communications Ltd. to use its cloud-computing platform.

"One of the first things we learned was that one size doesn't fit all -- so we built in support for VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) vSphere 4, Citrix Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS) XenServer 5.6 and the open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) running simultaneously in a single cloud," says Peder Ulander, chief marketing officer at Cloud.com. Cloud.com is also supporting hybrid clouds via CloudBridge, a feature which allows interoperability for applications with resources contained in other clouds such as Amazon Web Services Inc. EC2, S3 APIs and OpenStack API, the soon-to-come open approach to cloud. Cloud.com has partnered with RightScale to enable management of multi-cloud, hybrid platforms that can include private cloud and public cloud elements.

Why this matters
Service providers and enterprises want to move quickly with cloud services, but the IT applications they are trying to support are often complex. Companies such as Cloud.com are offering a faster way to market, using management tools built into their platforms to try to tame that complexity. Of particular interest are the capabilities around hybrid clouds, as service providers are rapidly learning that few enterprises will leap into cloud as an all-or-nothing proposition for their IT apps, meaning combinations of public cloud, private cloud and enterprise-based apps will have to coexist for some time.

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— Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading

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