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Title: An Assessment of Eucalyptus Version 1.4
Authors: Kiddle, Cameron
Tan, Tingxi
Keywords: Cloud computing
Issue Date: 6-May-2009
Abstract: Cloud Computing is the emergent technology that promises on-demand, dynamic and easily accessible computing power. The “pay-as-you-use” scheme is attractive for small to medium sized businesses as these organizations are less inclined to purchase large amounts of physical machines to satisfy their immediate computing needs. Various cloud services are already available on the market. Many of them implement some form of dynamic provisioning of computing resources through the use of Virtual Machine (VM) tech- nologies like Xen [13], VMWare [28] or KVM [16]. Among them, the Amazon Elastic Cloud (EC2) [3] can be considered the most popular and mature solution. Eucalyptus [20], a cloud enabling infrastructure is the result of a research project from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Eucalyptus stands for “Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your Programs To Useful Systems”. It aims to provide a simple to set up cloud solution for the research and development of cloud driven applications. By combining common web-service, Linux tools and the Xen Virtual Machine Hypervisor, Eucalyptus successfully implemented partial functionality of the popular Amazon EC2. As a consequence of recreating a “free” version of EC2, this open source project has attracted much attention and it is scheduled to be included into Ubuntu 9.10 (code name Karmic Koala) [15], the to-be-release version of a popular Linux distribution. This document records a recent effort to evaluate Eucalyptus as a viable open source solution to cloud computing. The evaluation focuses on the design, setup, usability and performance of Eucalyptus. In Section 2, we discuss the general design goals and infrastructure layout of Eucalyptus. Section 3 documents the process of setting up a Eucalyptus environment. Section 4 covers the usage and general impressions of Eucalyptus’s functionalities. In Section 5, we developed a demonstrator to illustrate the potential real-world usage of Eucalyptus v1.4. Finally in Section 7 and 8, we provide some related work and a conclusion to this document.
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