LINUX VENDOR Canonical will release an application programmable interface (API) to bridge the gap between Openstack based clouds and those that run on Amazon Web Services.
Canonical's upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 long term support release is expected at the end of this month and the firm has pre-announced its Any Web Service Over Me (AWSOME) proxy service that consists of APIs to spin up instances on Amazon Web Servers and Openstack clouds. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth told The INQUIRER that the firm decided to "step up and allocate the resources needed to lead that work".
Although Canonical and other Openstack partners have been pushing the open source Openstack cloud, Amazon's Web Services remains by far the biggest cloud deployment and, according to Shuttleworth, Openstack cannot simply ignore that fact if it wants to become successful.
Shuttleworth said the decision to issue a set of common APIs that work with both Openstack and Amazon Web Services was a "pragmatic reality in order to accelerate the the adoption of Openstack". He continued, "It's useful to allow people to setup Openstack clouds and talk to those clouds through the same APIs they currently talking to Amazon [Web Services]."
Shuttleworth continued by saying AWSOME would provide basic capabilities on Amazon's Web Services, effectively making it a stop-gap measure as firms move over to Openstack based clouds. "The core APIs are at stake here, this is the very basics like how to spin up a [virtual] machine or how to access storage. These are different cloud infrastructures and if you want to get the benefits of Openstack you've got to want to dive into its native API and its richer capabilities, but in our experience people really appreciate having the ability to spin up a private cloud and use the basic APIs that they are already familiar with and already have tools for," said Shuttleworth.
Linux vendors such as Red Hat and Canonical are putting significant effort into the Openstack cloud initiative because it expects to gain significant traction during 2012, with vendors riding on the coattails of its success to sell support and subscriptions. Canonical's AWSOME APIs will make their debut with Ubuntu 12.04 as an option during installation. µ
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