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The pairing enables GroundWork and Eucalyptus users to monitor end users services, applications, configurations and cloud infrastructure through a single pane of glass.
"The insecurity that an IT decision maker has today ... is that they're going to lose control. We have to assure them they have control," Jackson said, adding that the single pane view of clouds, the data center and applications "takes away that insecurity."
And the channel, which generates roughly 50 percent of GroundWork Open Source's revenue, will benefit in that GroundWork partners can now offer private clouds via Eucalyptus and offer monitoring on top of it.
Eucalyptus partners, too, can now offer private clouds with monitoring and management built in, said Eucalyptus CFO Woody Rollins.
Rollins said enterprises are looking for private and hybrid cloud computing environments and ways to better keep tabs on them. The cloud promises the abilities to pay as you go and to deploy new applications faster. Rollins said the private cloud is the most efficient and the home of innovation, while public clouds are used for "run of the mill work."
"If the cloud is behind your firewall you're able to protect sensitive data," he said.
Participation in the GroundWork Monitor Enterprise Cloud beta covers on-premise, public or private cloud hosted applications and infrastructure, and access to Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition, including VMware support, to implement private clouds in existing environments.
It also offers the ability to provide feedback to the engineering and product teams to define future operations in the cloud and access to engineering and technical assistance for the duration of the program.
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