Supports Hybrid Cloud Administration Tools by Eucalyptus by Collaborating on APIs to Connect to S3 and EC2 has teamed up with Eucalyptus systems, a commercial cloud infrastructure systems provider, to create a system that will help common Enterprise customers migrate their workloads more efficiently between Amazon Web Services and their existing Private Clouds, allowing them to use the same management scripts and tools across both environments.

Though the terms of the deal have not yet been revealed in detail, it has been established that this partnership will facilitate the development of APIs that can connect to Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) so customers can use Eucalyptus' management tools across both their On premise systems and Amazon's Cloud services without rewriting scripts or maintaining separate versions of management tools for the two different environments.

“We’re pleased to provide customers with the added flexibility to more freely move workloads between their existing IT environments and the AWS cloud,” said Terry Wise, who is the director of AWS’s Partner Ecosystem.

“Customers can leverage their existing skills and knowledge of the AWS platform by using the same, familiar AWS SDKs and command line tools in their existing data centers,” he said.

Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus, commented that his company was excited to be working with AWS. “The ability to develop against a common set of market-leading APIs, for both on-premise and cloud deployments, is a big benefit for our customers and software partners. This agreement is going to accelerate our roadmap, and help us maintain our compatibility with AWS as both companies continue to innovate.”

This is the first time that has officially sanctioned its system’s compatibility with the open-source application programming interfaces (APIs) on which Eucalyptus’ service infrastructure is based. The question has been asked on why this development came up now. Pedro Hernandez, a contributor to IT Business Edge Network, speculates that the meteoric rise of OpenStack’s cloud software may have something to do with it.

Hernandez notes that, in a span of merely two years, OpenStack has grown into a partner ecosystem spanning more than 150 organizations, including industry heavyweights such as Intel, Dell, and Cisco. “The race is on to build a market based on the open source cloud platform,” Hernandez says, then adds, “IP-wise there are no fundamental restrictions to deploying OpenStack clouds. This flexibility allows businesses to tailor their cloud strategy to their business needs, an attractive selling point for big businesses.”

By partnering with Eucalyptus, Amazon is now sending out signals that it is willing to use its momentum and infrastructure in the cloud to make itself look more inviting to enterprise customers.

Yash Talreja, Vice President, Engineering, The Technology Gurus.