If you are going to build a private cloud, Eucalyptus is the tool you're looking for, says CEO Mårten Mickos

There are a growing number of open source cloud infrastructure players in the market, but Eucalyptus says it is the best bet for private enterprise clouds. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up with CEO Mårten Mickos, who, as the former CEO of MySQL, has loads of experience growing significant open source companies, to learn more about the company and how Mickos sees private clouds evolving. Mickos addresses where Eucalyptus fits in, typical use cases, how they are different from Piston Cloud and OpenStack, ties to Amazon (described as the Linux of today), the importance of migrating jobs to and from public clouds, plans for the $30 million in capital Eucalyptus just raised, and more in this wide-ranging chat.

You describe yourselves as an infrastructure-as-a-service software company, but why not just call yourself a private cloud software provider?

Many times we do call ourselves a private cloud software company. I think from your perspective, when you look at us and other vendors in this space, we all have different terminology for what we are. Others call themselves an orchestration layer or a cloud operating system or a cloud platform or private cloud platform, and they all essentially mean the same thing, which I think shows this market is still in its formative stages.

We see our role as bringing the power of cloud into the enterprise. On your own servers, behind your firewall.

When you need the power of cloud inside the firewall under your own control, we bring that to you, and we do it specifically on the IaaS layer, so we are not trying to be a PaaS vendor or a SaaS vendor. We stick to the infrastructure layer, deep down in the plumbing. What we bring that others don't is we're an open source platform, we follow the industry standard API on this level, which allows you to move workloads freely between the public cloud and the private cloud. And we have technology and features that nobody else has produced, most specifically, high availability of the Eucalyptus service itself. So we are the first private cloud software platform to provide HA for that very cloud that you run on Eucalyptus.

Our main competitor is vCloud Director (VCD) from VMware. And they come in saying, "Hey guys, you already have our hypervisor and we can add cloud as a feature on top of the virtualization layer." That's the essence of their message.

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