Enomaly: An Open Source Cloud For the Enterprise

Enomaly is trying to sell big business on its open-source cloud management and provisioning software by renaming it and packaging it with enterprise-level support. The software, formerly known as Enomalism, will now use the Enomaly Elastic Computing Platform as its new moniker.

rPath Burns EC2 Appliances in a Web Portal

Back in July, we looked at how cloud computing may force appliance vendors to change the way they build products. Now rPath, which makes release management tools for virtual appliances, is announcing support for EC2 on its rBuilder portal, a web site that lets users turn software into virtual appliances and publish them to clouds and virtual environments with a few clicks. It’s an impressive step in web-based release management for virtual environments, but rPath’s road may be bumpy.

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Elastra Gets $12M — Is It Amazon’s Enterprise Play?

Elastra, the San Francisco-based cloud configuration startup, says it has secured $12 million in Series B financing from investors including Bay Partners and Hummer Winblad — and Amazon. Elastra is the latest investment made by Amazon in the cloud computing sector. Last month, Amazon helped fund Rails cloud Engine Yard to get a foot in the Rails world.

Amazon — and Google — are, in many ways, acting like VCs. But unlike traditional investors, these companies are also giants in cloud computing. Each investment they make in the space sends ripples out across the industry. Relations between Amazon and EC2-based Heroku, for example, are undoubtedly a bit strained now that Amazon has invested in a big competitor of theirs (admittedly, Heroku is on the small end of the Rails space and Engine Yard focuses on bigger clients; Engine Yard also has promising IM-meets-management technology in the form of Vertebra.) Read More about Elastra Gets $12M — Is It Amazon’s Enterprise Play?

VCs Have Their Heads in the Clouds

After spending the past few years pouring money into Facebook applications and me-too social networks, venture firms are starting to invest in infrastructure again, with both hardware and software plays tied to the cloud.

3Tera Unbundles Applogic and Unveils a Virtual Data Center

Virtualization holds lots of promise: Move your physical machines to virtual ones, and you’ll reclaim capacity at the same time that you make operations easier. But applications seldom run on one machine; instead they’re a combination of servers, switches and routers. 3Tera’s recently announced product road map may let companies provision whole data centers atop cloud grids like Amazon’s EC2. Call it a Virtual Data Center.

“Most large-scale systems, in order to move up the ladder and serve more customers, require more and more resources,” said Bert Armijo, 3Tera’s VP of product and marketing. “If you manage them as individual virtual machines, the problem is that the human load — the ability to actually remember what’s running where and to manipulate it all — becomes overwhelming. At some point, somebody makes a very small mistake that results in a very large outage.”

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Elastra Takes On-Demand Computing One Step Further

On-demand computing promises two things. One, the ability to grow or shrink capacity based on need. And two, the ability to drag and drop virtual machines instead of racking and stacking physical ones.

With today’s on-demand services, although the machines are virtual, they still need to be defined and managed by real people, one server at a time. As a result, much of the expected savings from virtualization never really materializes. Elastra, a San Francisco-based startup backed by Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, wants to change this by letting IT teams provision entire application clusters of whatever software they choose, into any on-demand computing platform, automatically.

Here’s how it works: Elastra uses a pair of document formats that describe what the application does and how it does it. Feed both into the company’s “cloud server” and you get a virtual data center, complete with monitoring, accounting and automated deployment, running on the virtual infrastructure of your choice.

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