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Micro Focus Helion Eucalyptus


Eucalyptus can dynamically scale up or down depending on application workloads and is uniquely suited for enterprise clouds, delivering production-ready software that supports the industry-standard AWS APIs, including EC2, S3, EBS, IAM, Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, CloudWatch and CloudFormation. The benefits of this open source software for private clouds are highly efficient scalability and increased trust and control for IT.

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Micro Focus Helion Eucalyptus review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Initial promise, but finding it difficult to keep pace with competition"

What do you like best?

Helion Eucalyptus 's AWS compatibility is its biggest attraction for those dwindling use cases where a private cloud might make sense. This might generally be as a transition phase where a company has a legacy infrastructure of data centers with heavy investment ans also an investment in underused compute and storage.

The unused compute and storage capacity can be used to build a target IaaS infrastructure for proof of concept. This can also be useful if the security, compliance, and audit staff aren't yet comfortable with sensitive data except on site.

What do you dislike?

AWS, Azure, and Google compute are now so developed that it probably makes more sense to avoid private cloud altogether and just concentrate resources on moving legacy applications to one or more of these providers. Then, while there's still a market, the company's data centers could be sold.

Helion assumes that compute and storage infrastructure is capable of the target application workloads. If additional investment was needed, it would typically be a 3 to 5 year CapEx, which seems like a waste in today's environment. For full production testing with loads approximating peak usage, it's not feasible to use a few trial, small instances and associated storage and networking.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'd look carefully at the total cost of operating a private cloud. I would not buy additional compute and store or do additional electrical/mechanical (HVAC) investment in current, owned data centers. In fact, if required to use this product for some specific use case, I would operate Helion/Eucalyptus only in multiple well connected co-location facilities for resilience and to allow exercising the multiple site infrastructure scenarios needed for a decent private cloud.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Typical medium to large enterprise business applications, generally not cloud compliant, so "legacy." They generally need to be refreshed or replaced as applications suitable for IaaS scale out and component disruption.

In the past Helion offered the ability to do small, "toy" proof of concepts using on premises compute/storage infrastructure. With the range of AWS, Azure, and Google IaaS offerings, as well as support from many vendors, there is less benefit to Helion and private cloud more generally.

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Micro Focus Helion Eucalyptus review by Administrator in Entertainment
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"A decent hybrid architecture"

What do you like best?

I used it before it was acquired but it was relatively simple to setup.

We used it over openstack to help create a hybrid architecture to AWS.

Openstack ended in failure and we picked up easily here. It was also very user friendly and usage came natural to the ones who managed it.

What do you dislike?

The community support seems a bit lacking. It's hard to find tutorials, answers to questions, etc when things arise. Openstack however had a plethora of community help and packages for setup, maintenance, recovery, etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having on premises VMs, VMs in a local datacenter as well as in AWS caused a headache in management. This helped us migrate to full AWS architecture over time.

What Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) solution do you use?

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Micro Focus Helion Eucalyptus review by Administrator in Online Media
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"AWS for when you don't want the costs"

What do you like best?

Best features are the fact that it has an interoperable api with Amazon. It makes the structure of environments very similar while still allowing us to have our on-premises QA environment. It also helps to have similar environments for deployment.

What do you dislike?

Image formats are slightly different - EMI instead of AMI (and they are not interchangeable). At my time of usage it did not have wide adoption, so community support was hard to find. There were no 'community emis' like AWS has.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

More servers in smaller space (virtualization) with technology similar to what is used in production.

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"Deployed Eucalyptus in a research role in private IaaS cloud solutions"

What do you like best?

I like that Eucalyptus is compatible with amazon EC2 and can be easily integrated with tools such as Hybridfox for management of resources in a web interface. The command line tools, Euca2ools, make rapid instantiation of VM's painless. However, Eucalyptus is good for power users familiar with the Amazon EC2 API.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the lack of automation in Eucalyptus. Much could be improved with regard to the rapid deployment and provisioning of resources. I also dislike that very limited support of base operating system. As of this review I believe that the only official Linux distribution is CentOS as far as I know. It would be great to see more diversity of support with regard to the base operating system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Also consider OpenStack. I believe that there is momentum in the OpenStack community that addresses challenges regarding the adoptability of private cloud computing that are not currently addressed with Eucalyptus. In a study that I personally conducted with 48 participants I found that Eucalyptus is not particularly user friendly and does not mitigate human error in a way that directs the user to success with the architecture.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have a PhD in computer science with a research emphasis on private cloud computing for small organizations. Eucalyptus has not proven itself to me as a particularly good solution for organizations with limited technical awareness and experience. It would be nice to see advances in the Eucalpytus architecture that address these issues with solutions for rapid deployment and provisioning of resources. I have realized benefits of Eucalyptus from a purely research perspective as a tool to learn about the EC2 API and the hybridization of Amazon EC2 and Eucalyptus.

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