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Eucalyptus Systems, Amazon’s private cloud partner, was expected to announce a new 3.3 release of its open source cloud platform Monday that promises its greatest compatibility with AWS yet. Its new capabilities are also supposed to make Eucalyptus the solution for developing and testing applications built for AWS. Users get new levels of availability, speed, resource utilization and cost savings across the application development lifecycle. Eucalyptus is supposed to make the whole test-dev process faster and easier since it provides a standardized and consistent environment that spans both a private and public cloud. As a result, applications that test successfully on a Eucalyptus private cloud have reportedly proven ready for production deployment at unlimited scale on AWS. MemSQL, AppDynamics, Mosaik Solutions and Nokia Siemens Networks have already deployed Euc... (more)

Dell Keeps a Toe in the OpenStack Camp

After trashing its public OpenStack cloud efforts Monday in favor of reselling third-party widgetry – and reportedly canning workers in the 300-man group according to TechCrunch – Dell folk who are left were anxious to say that Dell is still in the private OpenStack game, pointing to another press release put out Monday saying that Dell will enable Microsoft’s Windows Server Hyper-V as a viable hypervisor on the OpenStack cloud platform. The press release says it’ll be the first instance of a leading technology vendor enabling Hyper-V on OpenStack for private clouds, giving cust... (more)

Shades of the Blitz! Cloud Wars Loom Over Washington

For its next trick, the unquenchable, super-ambitious Google is gonna try taking over the US government. On Tuesday, after the first federal CIO Vivek Kundra unveiled Apps.gov, a thinly populated, GSA-managed, almost completely salesforce.com- and Google-dominated web store where federal agencies are supposed to go to get GSA-sanctioned cloud applications and “coming soon” infrastructure services as well as free software like YouTube, Facebook and MySpace, Google said that by next year it would have a government-specific version of Google Apps that meet security requirements and... (more)

SCO Wants Suit It Filed Against Novell in Federal Court Moved to State Court

In what is sure to be characterized as a cynical delaying tactic by its many critics, the SCO Group wants the slander suit it filed against Novell in the Third District Court in Salt Lake City in mid-January moved to state court. SCO lawyers told the court that by law it has to decide the issue of jurisdiction before Novell's motion to dismiss can be decided and if the federal court sends the case to the Utah state court then the state court gets to decide Novell's motion to throw the suit out. If it fails to get the charges quashed, Novell at least wants to keep the case in the f... (more)

Amazon Backs Cloud Server Start-up Elastra

Elastra, a 40-customer SMB-directed start-up that provides a legacy-embracing configuration management service for Amazon Web Services (AWS) - your basic in-a-click virtual deployment, monitoring and accounting beginning with RDBMSes like MySQL, Postgres and EnterpriseDB - has picked up a $12 million second round from - surprise, surprise - Amazon, Bay Partners and existing investor Hummer Winblad. Maybe the investment will convince Elastra not to go cloud-agnostic/anti-cloud silo like it plans - unless it becomes a cloud standard. It uses two homegrown markup languages (no scr... (more)