Eucalyptus and Mellanox Partner to Smooth Cloud Deployments

by Pedro Hernandez

Having lined up its ducks on the software side, Eucalyptus is looking to tackle cloud infrastructures -- and IT workers' cloud deployment fears -- by partnering with Mellanox.

Eucalyptus Systems scored a victory last month by getting Amazon's official blessing for building private clouds based on Amazon Web Services-compatible APIs. Now the on-premise cloud computing platform provider is teaming with networking gear maker Mellanox to boost adoption among enterprises that are still skittish about making the leap.

According to research from the two companies, complexity is holding back private and hybrid cloud deployments. Cisco's recent Global Cloud Networking Survey confirms those suspicions.

Sluggish Enterprise Cloud Momentum

In a recent report for Enterprise Networking Planet, Sean Michael Kerner found that for network administrators, real-world hardships are preferable to undertaking a cloud project. Cloud Computing "Cisco's study found that 39 percent of respondents would rather get a root canal, dig a ditch or do their own taxes, than deal with the challenges of public/private cloud deployment," Kerner wrote.

Based on the report, IT workers are more likely to have a brush with the paranormal than embark on a cloud deployment anytime soon. "In fact, one out of four reported they are more likely to see a UFO or unicorn before starting and finishing an entire cloud migration in the next six months," he stated.

Despite the deafening buzz surrounding all things cloud, Cisco's data points to tame adoption rates among enterprises. Inbar Lasser-Raab, a senior director at Cisco, told Enterprise Networking Planet, "When we looked at where IT professionals are in terms of cloud adoption, we found out that [only] five percent of them have more than 50 percent of their applications in the cloud."

Converting Cloud Holdouts

Eucalyptus and Mellanox argue that the industry -- stymied by an endless combination of hardware, software and management options -- is seeking an integrated path to the cloud paved by validated solutions.

Eucalyptus is already working on getting the software side on solid footing by officially partnering with Amazon, whose help APIs power its popular AWS public cloud. It's a move that helps remove uncertainly for enterprises that are leery of adopting AWS-derived tech for their private or hybrid cloud deployments.

On the hardware side, Eucalyptus says that its partnership with Mellanox will result in high performance, easy-to-implement cloud infrastructure solutions.

With Mellanox on board, the company feels that it has the networking part covered. "The combination of Eucalyptus' software platform and Mellanox's 40GbE and InfiniBand interconnects will provide enterprises an easy out-of-the-box installation experience while gaining a high-performance, affordable cloud solution," said David P. Butler, senior vice president of marketing at Eucalyptus.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on Thursday May 10th 2012
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