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Private Clouds, OpenStack, and Amazon Co-Existence - 20 Questions with Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos

Marten Mickos - CEO of EucalyptusAs CEO of MySQL, industry iconoclast Marten Mickos built the second largest open source company before selling it to Sun Microsystems. His latest venture, Eucalyptus Systems, promises to bring the power of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the private cloud. To shed light on the future of cloud computing, on the use cases for private, public and hybrid clouds, and to share his views on the evolution of OpenStack, we invited the CEO of Eucalyptus Marten Mickos for 20 Questions – an MGI Research Interview Series with leading technology industry executives, innovators, and investors.

Marten Mickos Bio

Marten Mickos is the CEO of Eucalyptus Systems. A veteran of open source, infrastructure software and global businesses, he previously was the CEO of MySQL AB where he grew the company from garage start-up to the second largest open source company in the world. After the acquisition of MySQL AB by Sun Microsystems, Marten served as the SVP of Sun Database Group. Marten Mickos holds a M.Sc. in technical physics from Helsinki University of Technology in his native Finland. He is a member of the board of directors of Nokia.

 

Key Issues
  • Who are the winners and losers of cloud computing?
  • What new business models are enabled by the cloud?
  • What are the economics of cloud computing?
  • Is cloud computing a zero-sum game for the IT industry?
  • Who are the emerging leaders of cloud infrastructure software?

 An excerpt from the research report:

Andrew Dailey: What is the genesis of Eucalyptus – how did it come into being?

Marten Mickos: Eucalyptus started as a National Science Foundation research project at UC Santa Barbara six years ago.  A team of six PhDs built a prototype, received funding, and hired a CEO. I am amazed by the vision of this founding group. Just after the launch of AWS in 2006, they saw the future and set out to build a private cloud platform that runs AWS APIs (Application Program Interface). Back then, no one was talking about public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud. They referred to their product as “utility computing architecture,” a phrase retained in our original name “Elastic Utility Computing Architecture Linking Your Programs to Useful Systems” – or Eucalyptus. I am proud to say many of these founding members are still involved with Eucalyptus today.

Andrew Dailey:  How do you define the markets you are trying to address, and what are the key growth drivers in those markets?

Marten Mickos: The amount of computing is growing astronomically, especially in the public cloud. In the future we believe that more than half of all compute power will exist in public clouds. Naturally, we are part of this rapid cloud expansion, but we focus on companies and organizations that will need a private or hybrid cloud. By private cloud we mean a cloud infrastructure run on anything a company owns and operates or leases, and operates for its own use. As old data centers migrate from traditional systems to virtualization and from virtualization to cloud, we see a huge market for on-premise cloud computing. We also see growth opportunities as new web and cloud companies emerge, build their own data centers, and want their own cloud facilities. Our mission is to be the best complement to the leading public clouds, especially AWS. AWS provides planetary scale, while Eucalyptus gives customers control over their own resources, such as expenses, performance, storage, and compliance. Generally, our customers use the public cloud for convenience and the Eucalyptus private cloud for control. Taken together, this is a hybrid deployment.

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