abiCloud is an open source cloud computing platform platform.
It allows to quickly create a private cloud inside an organization’s firewall, and manage it with a rich user interface. Next version will allow to also deploy images in external clouds, creating an hybrid environment.
abiNtense is a developing framework for quickly create distributed applications.
It also offers a multi-architecture middleware for making it really easy.
For more info, go to http://community.abiquo.com/display/Community/Home.
A new Xen-based project is now listed on the Projects page – Project Nimbus. Nimbus is a set of open source tools that together provide an “Infrastructure-as-a-Service” (IaaS) cloud computing solution. Our mission is to evolve the infrastructure with emphasis on the needs of science, but many non-scientific use cases are supported as well. Nimbus allows a client to lease remote resources by deploying virtual machines (VMs) on those resources and configuring them to represent an environment desired by the user.
The home page of the Project is http://workspace.globus.org/.
Good news:Â TheÂ probably well-known (though still in beta), Xen-based service EC2 from Amazon is getting a new feature, that some(at least myself di) might have missed since a while: Elastic Block Storage! While until know, changing data on the EC2 system could only be stored in a S3 webservice or any database running on your traditional provider’s host, they now offer a service with “normal” block device storage.
While I’ve been hesitating to spend time getting into the technology and usage of this service, it seems to become quite interesting now!
There is even a clone already, that offer similar functionality (also Xen-based, and even said to beÂ API compatible with EC2): Eucalyptus.
IBM just announced they are spending $400 million to create two new data centers for cloud computing research. From the article:
“Using a slick combination of off-the-shelf, open-source virtualization technologies (Xen) and their own management (Tivoli), IBM could be well-positioned to open their resources more broadly…”