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RightScale + Ubuntu + Eucalyptus = Cloud in a Box

Want a cloud in a box? Then start requisitioning a couple of machines now so you're ready on Thursday to load up Ubuntu 9.04, install Eucalyptus, and follow the prompt to register your cloud with RightScale. And best of all, it's all free - free open source software and access to a free RightScale service account.

We're finally getting close to the release of Ubuntu 9.04, which includes the technology preview for the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud powered by Eucalyptus. We've been working closely with both Canonical and the Eucalyptus team to ensure that all the cloud pieces work together as seamlessly as possible.

To make it easy for you to set up your private cloud, we integrated the RightScale registration into the Eucalyptus installation. This means that as you plod along installing and configuring your Eucalyptus cloud controller, you'll have the option to register your new cloud with RightScale by simply following a link on the configuration web page. It could hardly be any simpler.

What we're supporting at the Ubuntu 9.04 release is to register your Eucalyptus cloud with RightScale and access it within your RightScale free or paid account right alongside Amazon EC2. You can invite friends to access your cloud so they can launch their own cloud servers on your cloud! We will also provide a RightImage that you can download to your cloud so you have a clean and small machine image to work with. Unfortunately, we won't have support for ServerTemplates and automation available at the initial release. We still have a number of things to hook up on our end to make that happen, but we'll release it as soon as it's ready. At that point, you'll be able to operate in your own cloud just as you do on EC2.

But we're by no means forgetting about Amazon EC2! We've been working with Canonical to ensure that the official Ubuntu 9.04 Amazon Machine Images (AMI) work out of the box with RightScale. This means that if you launch one of the 9.04 AMIs from the RightScale dashboard then all the RightScale goodness will work: ServerTemplates, monitoring, automation, etc. If you launch the same AMI using the API or from a different console, then they'll work as if RightScale didn't exist. The inclusion of the RightScale startup script in the Ubuntu AMI means that we'll be able to continue ramping up our Ubuntu support and we won't have to create a 9.04 image ourselves. In the future, as we roll out new versions of our configuration management and automation, we'll probably release new Ubuntu RightImages ourselves, but we'll cross that bridge when the time comes. In the meantime, enjoy Ubuntu 9.04 and RightScale seamlessly on Amazon EC2!

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found also nice blog post on private data cloud http://bigdatamatters.com/bigdatamatters/2009/09/private-cloud-eucalyptus.html
Posted by Chase (not verified)   Ι   September 25, 2009   Ι   07:18 AM
[...] with Ubuntu 9.04, RightScale will support private cloud management from their web management platform to your Eucalyptus cloud [...]
Frederick, It seems you read it right. I found the Ubuntu docs on "Getting Started with Eucalyptus in Ubuntu 9.04" at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Eucalyptus - it's all about setting up your own private cloud, and the last step links to a RightScale page to allow your RightScale account (free or paid) to access your new cloud. I've been following both RightScale and Eucalyptus for a couple of months; both the Eucalyptus team and RightScale are a few miles down the road from where I live. I've been assembling some hardware to run my own Eucalyptus cloud when 9.04 shipped (my download just finished), so the announcement about using RightScale to manage it allows me to combine two interests. It should be fun setting it up this weekend! I only have the Developer Edition of RightScale, so I won't be able to play with autoscaling :-( One drawback I see to RightScale's product segmentation is that there is a very big gap between the features available in the free Developer Edition and the paid Web or Grid Editions. They need something in-between (some sort of Pilot Project Edition) that, for a small fee, gives access to the rest of the (very cool) features in limited amounts. You could use it to build a prototype system on an Eucalyptus cloud, but you'd need a full edition of RightScale to scale it up as a full commercial system. Then a corporate team doing a pilot project, or a person developing an idea in their home office (or dorm!), could experiment with auto-scaling, or cluster deployments, or grids, and see how well the RightScale tools work for them. If it works out and they want to go big, they'd then have the ROI rationale to move up to the more costly full editions of RightScale.
I agree completely with you Jeff. Our company has EC2 accounts and have only tested with the Rightscale developer account but if we could experiment with the options available in the full Rightscale products then we could come up with better products based on Rightscale technologies.
Accessing all the cool features is only a phone call or an email away! 1.866.720.0208 or sales@rightscale.com and we'd be happy to enable everything for you. We're working on adding features to the free edition as well as being able to provide a self-service trial of the full feature set. But thanks for the feedback, it is appreciated!
[...] more about it at Venture beat or on the new Eucalyptus site directly. Oh, in case you missed my recent posts, Eucalyptus is open source software that lets you set-up your own cloud in you own datacenter. You [...]
[...] it has been added to Ubuntu 9.04 as the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud technology preview, integrated into RightScale’s cloud management service, and has received some venture [...]
[...] RightScale + Ubuntu + Eucalyptus = cloud in a box Need a cloud in a box? Want a cloud in a box? Well, then, start requisitioning a couple of machines now so you’re ready on Thursday to load up Ubuntu 9.04, install Eucalyptus, and follow the prompt to register your cloud with RightScale! And best of all, it’s all free! Free open source software and access to a free RightScale service account. [...]
Even if I'm familiar with Amazon, Rightscale, Ubuntu and a little bit with Eucalyptus, you post doesn't seem clear, at least for me. If I got if right, it is possible to build his own cloud on his own architecture and manage it with Rightscale. This is a huge announcement for any customer that are interested to test or go for the cloud computing and want to use their existing hardware. But I really need to be sure I got it right ;-)
Eucaliptus is just like Xen, it allows one to virualize many OS's on ones box. Did i get it right?
Posted by Maria Jonas (not verified)   Ι   June 24, 2009   Ι   09:43 PM

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