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While Eucalyptus is touting its private cloud technology, it's also clearly committed to giving customers better tools for hybrid environments. In Eucalyptus 3.4, for example, there's a single interface for cloud administrators that spans Eucalyptus and AWS resources.
"We strongly believe that the future is hybrid, and we're now fully supporting that," Eucalyptus' Knosp said.
The Eucalyptus-AWS partnership is a great example of the sort of "co-opetition" that's happening right now in the cloud space. Eucalyptus got a big boost from partnering with AWS, but it also wants to sell its own private cloud software, and that can lead to mixed marketing messages.
For now, Knosp told CRN that Eucalyptus is sticking close to AWS because of its ecosystem and dominant market position. But if another dominant public cloud player emerges, like Microsoft or Google for example, Eucalyptus can extend its architecture to adopt additional cloud APIs, Knosp said.
"We can break that gravitational force field if we have to," Knosp said. "We have the architecture and the engineering talent to do it."