OpenStack vs. Eucalyptus Comparative Analysis

There are many good things in both OpenStak and Eucalyptus platforms in general. Eucalyptus cloud platform is older and well established one as compared to OpenStack that has just started operating on the real world business. There are many great features of Eucalyptus as well as OpenStack platform but the major difference between these two platforms is that of philosophy and principle.

The philosophy of OpenStack is very simple and easy to understand; it advocates through strong voice of Rackspace and other group members that cloud application should not be locked-in and should be free for everybody on the market place. This is the similar principle that led Linux to this level of success on the domain of operating systems. Similarly, OpenStack supports different APIs that help customers get full freedom of development and integration with any kind of services and applications. While on the other hand, Eucalyptus is not open source and does not advocate the philosophy and principles that are followed by its counterpart teams or groups. OpenStack platform is still in preliminary stages and it is still developing through different phases of testing and reviewing. Eucalyptus is already operating on high level of commercial application; one of the most important applications being Amazon networks or AWS services.

OpenStack has very strong backing up like Rackspace, HP, Dell and many other companies along with NASA while this condition is not true for Eucalyptus Company or platform. Thus, OpenStack is much luckier because it is supported by many great companies and giant IT players on the market place. It is a big plus for OpenStack platform. Eucalyptus is designed as Amazon EC2 compatible API; that means Eucalyptus has deep access into the market place because Amazon is a giant on cloud hosting platform and can decide about many things independently. This situation is not with OpenStack; this platform is also developed as API compatible with all kinds of companies. This does not lock-in like AWS services does for the customers. OpenStack is an open sources API supporting any kind of applications and developments; thus creating a free and flexible environment where only competition and quality will be the lock-in factors.

Scalability of Eucalyptus is not commended by big users like NASA; it is not easy to scale up and scale down. NASA also faced some issues pertaining to scalability. While on the other hand, OpenStack platform is very easily scalable and flexible. It is basically developed on the basis of modular approach of development; therefore, it is very efficient and very fast in scalability. This makes it more suitable for cloud hosting businesses because they need this feature desperately.

As far as the development and enhancements in the codes are concerned, OpenStack has many developers, supporters, reviewers, and implementers who can make this platform more efficient and effective very soon by the help of their widespread technical support. This is not available with Eucalyptus therefore any aggressive research and development is not possible for this platform to do in future.

ON the basis of above mentioned feature comparison and development environment, it can be expected that OpenStack has much brighter future as compared to Eucalyptus.

Why OpenStack Is Considered as the New Linux?

OpenStack cloud computing platform is considered as New Linux due to many reasons and similarity in the development history of these both platforms. One of the major common points between OpenStack and Linux development is similar type of vision. Both Linux and OpenStack were started to develop for every user at free of cost and provide equal opportunity everybody who can contribute to its development and growth.

The philosophy and vision behind the development of both projects is almost same. Second important thing that is very similar is the response from different critics; both of the projects have almost faced the similar type of criticisms and irony. This makes them very common on the domain of information technology. It was Linus Torvalds who started and worked to contribute to the philosophy that stated “Free software for all” – there were many criticism and mockeries that surfaced on the domain of business and research & development. Linus Torvalds was, at some place, called as crazy man; but the time proved that Linux is the major contributor of information technology at present. The development and progress of Linux is going uninterruptedly and nobody or boundary is going to stop it from moving forward in any conditions.

Concept and criticism are very common with both developments; but OpenStack has much better financial and technical support as compared to Linux development. This gives an edge to OpenStack cloud platform on the market place. OpenStack cloud platform is being supported by big companies and developers like NASA, Rackspace, and many other IT giants who are the platinum and gold members of the group of development. These are many corporate and startup sponsors who are also contributing financially to the development of OpenStack project.

Another common thing between OpenStack and Linux is the quick revisions and releases after they were once released on the market for public use. Linux observed many fast software releases once it was released for public use. The speed of development and enhancement was incredible and so is the case of OpenStack. OpenStack has witnessed more than 5 releases in just less than two years time – many reputed and well known companies are implementing it into their networks. This is another similar part of both platforms that they share in common.

OpenStack has many new features but one of the most promising features of this platform is its adaptability and acceptability of growth and change. OpenStack is open to everybody and that makes it similar to the Linux, which was also very open would accept every good thing that it received from any developer on the globe.

Rapid growth of development teams is another common feature of these two platforms. Linux found many contributor companies and developers once it was released. These companies and developers contributed to the system very affluently and thus it became the richest operating system on the arena of information technology. OpenStack has also got big teams and companies that contribute to it; it is very clear that OpenStack would soon be as popular as Linux is.