Top 12 Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud platforms
Last updated: January 30, 2021
OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable, and feature rich. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.
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Open Source Cloud Application Platform that makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications, providing a choice of clouds, developer frameworks, and application services. It is an open source project and is available through a variety of private cloud distributions and public cloud instances.
Apache CloudStack is open source software designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform. CloudStack is used by a number of service providers to offer public cloud services, and by many companies to provide an on-premises (private) cloud offering, or as part of a hybrid cloud solution.
Anthos is an open application modernization platform that enables you to modernize your existing applications, build new ones, and run them anywhere. Built on open source technologies pioneered by Google—including Kubernetes, Istio, and Knative—Anthos enables consistency between on-premises and cloud environments.
Pivotal is the leading enterprise PaaS, powered by Cloud Foundry. It delivers an always-available, turnkey experience for scaling and updating PaaS on the private cloud. Pivotal is enabling the creation of modern software applications that leverage big & fast data – on a single, cloud independent platform.
OnApp software enables Infrastructure-as-a-Service for hosts, telcos and other service providers. With OnApp in your datacenter you can use commodity hardware to sell public & private cloud services, dedicated servers, Virtual Private Servers, CDN, DNS, storage and much more, through one fully automated control panel.
Cloud platform for customers who want to simplify complex and distributed environments across on-premises, edge and multicloud, Azure Arc enables deployment of Azure services anywhere and extends Azure management to any infrastructure.
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Mirantis is the number one pure-play OpenStack Company. We deliver technology, integration, training and support to succeed. OpenStack without the compromises of vendor lock-in. 400+ open source infrastructure experts makes us one of top 5 contributors.
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Joyent is the high-performance cloud computing infrastructure and big data analytics platform, offering organizations of any size the best public and hybrid cloud infrastructure for today's demanding real-time web and mobile applications.
Apprenda is a software layer that transforms any infrastructure into a policy-driven, hybrid cloud application platform (PaaS). We empower enterprises to build the best next generation applications faster, using today's skill-sets & investments. PaaS should make it easier to write the first line of code rather than only add value after the last line is written.
Latest news about Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud platforms
2020. Microsoft brings data services to its Arc multi-cloud management service
Microsoft has launched a major update to its Arc multi-cloud service that allows Azure customers to run and manage workloads across clouds — including those of Microsoft’s competitors — and their on-premises data centers. First announced at Microsoft Ignite in 2019, Arc was always meant to not just help users manage their servers but also allow them to run data services like Azure SQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL, close to where their data sits. Today, the company is making good on this promise with the preview launch of Azure Arc-enabled data services with support for, as expected, Azure SQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL. In addition, Microsoft is making the core feature of Arc, Arc-enabled servers, generally available. These are the tools at the core of the service that allow enterprises that use the standard Azure Portal to manage and monitor their Windows and Linux servers across their multi-cloud and edge environments.
2020. Azure Arc brings its Kubernetes service into public preview
Microsoft has announced that Azure Arc, its service for managing cloud resources anywhere (including competing clouds like AWS and GCP and platforms like Red Hat’s Open Shift) is now bringing Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes into public preview and allowing its users to configure and manage Kubernetes clusters across their data centers, edge location and public clouds. Microsoft also announced that Arc now supports SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and the SUSE CaaS Platform.
2019. VMware completes $2.7 billion Pivotal acquisition
VMware has closed the $2.7 billion acquisition of private cloud platform Pivotal. The acquisition gives VMware another component in its march to transform from a pure virtual machine company into a cloud native vendor that can manage infrastructure wherever it lives. It fits alongside other recent deals like buying Heptio and Bitnami, two other deals that closed this year. They hope this all fits neatly into VMware Tanzu, which is designed to bring Kubernetes containers and VMware virtual machines together in a single management platform.
2019. AWS Outposts brings Amazon cloud to data center
Amazon announced general availability of Outposts - a private cloud hardware stack they install in your data center. There are certain workloads like running a factory that need compute resources to be close because of low-latency requirements. That’s where Outposts could play well, and where similar existing solutions in his opinion fell short because there wasn’t a smooth connection between the on-prem hardware and the cloud. The hardware is equipped with a slew of services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon ECS, Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service and Amazon EMR. Amazon is following Microsoft and Google's footsteps that already have their own hybrid cloud offerings for customers: Azure Arc and Google Anthos.
2015. VMware will make Google Cloud Platform available to its customers
Google is teaming up with VMware to make select Google Cloud Platform services available to VMware customers via vCloud Air, VMware’s hybrid cloud platform. Google BigQuery analytics and Google Cloud Storage, as well as Google’s Datastore and DNS services, will be available via vCloud Air sometime later this year, with other Google services potentially coming later. Depending on execution, both companies can claim a win here. VMware gets four Google services, including the powerful BigQuery analytics, to woo enterprise customers. Google gets to put some of its best and brightest IP in front of the enterprise cloud users it craves. Google needs a better hybrid cloud picture and VMware needs to prove its cloud can play with the big boys (or boy, meaning Amazon Web Services).
2014. Apprenda teams with Piston to gain OpenStack support
Enterprise Platform as a Service provider Apprenda, which started out as a .NET-and-Windows-focused Platform-as-a-Service but has since opened up to other languages and technologies, partnered with Piston Cloud (developer of private CloudOS) to get into the OpenStack camp. Together, Apprenda and Piston will deliver a tightly integrated solution that enables agile software development teams to build Java and .NET cloud applications and microservices faster in a true hybrid cloud environment. With more enterprise developers turning to both PaaS and OpenStack solutions than ever before, it makes sense to deliver a powerful joint solution.
2014. Mesosphere unveiled new data center OS
Mesosphere announced that its much-anticipated data center operating system has been released as a private beta and will be available to the public in early 2015. The new cloud OS, dubbed DCOS, tackles the complexity behind trying to read all of the machines inside a data center as one giant computer. Similar to how an operating system on a personal computer can distribute the necessary resources to all the installed applications, DCOS can supposedly do the same thing across the data center. The idea comes from the fact that today’s powerful data-crunching applications and services — like Kafka, Spark and Cassandra — span multiple servers, unlike more old-school applications like Microsoft Excel. Asking developers and operations staff to configure and maintain each individual machine to accommodate the new distributed applications is quite a lot, as Apache Mesos co-creator and new Mesosphere hire Benjamin Hindman.
2014. Mirantis gets $100M funding to become enterprise OpenStack leader
Commercial OpenStack distribution provider Mirantis announced $100M in Series B funding. OpenStack is an open source platform for deploying infrastructure as a service. And Mirantis wants to be to OpenStack what Red Hat has been to Enterprise Linux. In other words, they want to be the corporate face of the project. And chances are, it’ll need every bit of that money, because it has some pretty stiff competition with the likes of HP, IBM, Cisco and yes, Red Hat, going for a piece of that enterprise OpenStack business. Just a couple of weeks ago, Red Hat announced it would be transitioning from client-server to cloud computing with an emphasis on OpenStack.
2014. Microsoft Azure appliance makes comeback
Microsoft is launching a new Azure appliance that companies or service providers can deploy in their own data centers. Called the Cloud Platform System, the new appliance will run the same Azure APIs, services, hypervisor, and everything as the Azure public cloud and will be able to connect easily to the Azure public cloud. The appliance is especially interesting considering Microsoft’s previous dabbling into the idea of Azure appliances. It has previously floated the idea of selling appliances to a few large service provider partners such as HP, and even launched a program to help web hosts to launch their own versions of Azure. Both of them appear to have fallen along the wayside for various business and technological reasons, but now the appliance is back.
2014. PaaS platform Apprenda adds JBoss support
Apprenda, that backs a private PaaS for companies running Java and Windows applications is adding JBoss and Tomcat support for deeper integration with popular Java workloads. Apprenda started out as a Microsoft .NET-centric Platform as a Service (PaaS) for businesses. Then it added Java support, which gave it another perk for enterprise shops — most of which run both Java and Windows applications. JBoss support puts Apprenda into more direct competition with JBoss-owner Red Hat, which is pushing its OpenShift PaaS. Another contender in the private PaaS arena is the Pivotal CF implementation of Cloud Foundry. Private PaaSes run on a company’s internal infrastructure or private cloud, whereas public PaaSes run on public, shared infrastructure like Amazon Web services.
2014. HP buys Eucalyptus to link Openstack and Amazon Web Services
HP, which is basing its cloud strategy on OpenStack, has decided to buy Eucalyptus, a backer of a rival open-source cloud technology. And Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos (once known for his anti-OpenStack rhetoric) will lead the company’s cloud effort as SVP and general manager of HP’s cloud Business. Company executives didn’t provide much detail about integration plans, but stressed that Eucalyptus brings valuable experience in deploying private clouds that interoperate with Amazon Web Services to HP and that those AWS “use patterns” will come in handy as HP continues to push its OpenStack-based private, public and hybrid cloud vision into enterprise accounts. On the enterprise cloud market HP competes with Red Hat and IBM on the OpenStack side of the spectrum and VMware and Microsoft on the proprietary cloud side.
2014. VMware's cloud to support Docker, Google and Pivotal containers
VMware is working together with Docker, Google and Pivotal to make sure that container technology works well with its virtualization technology. Through this collaboration, VMware will allow developers and operations staff to use the Docker Engine with the VMware vSphere hypervisor and the company’s vCloud Air environment. The company will also team up with Docker on several open source container projects on the Docker platform and it plans on making sure future Docker projects will integrate well with the rest of the VMware platform. Google's Kubernetes container management system will also work well with VMware’s software. Regarding Pivotal, VMware has already been using containers in conjunction with virtual machines as part of its application-development platform since 2011.
2014. VMware integrates its cloud management tools with OpenStack
Virtualization giant VMware integrated its lineup of tools OpenStack open source cloud framework. The new service will be released during the first half of 2015. Thus organizations that have an OpenStack cloud set up in their backend will be able to have their IT operations staff manage that OpenStack cloud using VMware’s tools. This also means that organizations with data centers and gear running the VMware stack will be able to easily sync those up with other gear that runs on OpenStack. It’s interesting to note that the whole concept of OpenStack from its inception was to provide an alternative to the VMware private cloud and the Amazon public cloud, and VMware’s Integrated OpenStack seems to counter the notion of OpenStack purists who would rather have a private cloud built on top of multiple open source components.
2014. Pivotal brings its cloud services to Mobile
Pivotal, the enterprise cloud platform, is launching new services for mobile development that are designed to work side-by-side with the company’s previously announced data services. The new CF Mobile Service will include push notifications, an API gateway and data-sync services. The service also offers IT the ability to set different policies and service level agreements to ensure that the data remain under the enterprise’s control. Pivotal CF is based on the company’s open source Cloud Foundry PaaS. Given its heritage, it’s no surprise that Pivotal CF supports a wide range of open-source tools (and especially databases), including database services like MongoDB, Riak, Apache Cassandra and the Neo4j graph database.
2014. GE becomes Big Data provider
Last year, General Electric invested $105 million in Big Data platform Pivotal. Now it’s starting to deploy Pivotal’s big data analytics capabilities both in house and to buyers of its jet engines. Using Pivotal’s Big Data Suite and EMC’s appliances, GE built out its own capability first for its aviation group in 90 days, which then connected up to 25 airline customers to make use of all that data and analytics. Aggregating data from 15,000 flights yielded 14 GB of information per flight, which could then be analyzed in a reasonable amount of time. Using traditional methods it could take 30 days to sort through data required to figure out a maintenance issue. Now major analytics can be run in 20 minutes.
2010. Windows Azure is already sold in boxes
Though there is a big deal of debates around the "private cloud" term (if it's correct to call own data center, optimized with virtualization technology, a "cloud") - no one can deny that these things called "private cloud" are already selling well. The fact is that many companies are still not ready to move their IT infrastructures to public cloud platforms like Amazon EC2 and Windows Azure. But when they are told that "you can take the advantage of Cloud Computing (cost-efficiency, scalability) without any risk for data security, because the cloud will be locked in your office" - they like this. Obviously, private clouds are the necessary intermediate stage of transition companies to "real clouds" and cloud providers have to take a step back so that the process started. So it was with Microsoft. Their cloud platform Windows Azure is not very successful. At the moment this service is used only by 10,000 companies (including those that host their sites on Azure). Meanwhile, Microsoft's competitors - IBM and Cisco with VMWare earn money by selling "private clouds". Today, Microsoft unveiled the Azure Platform Appliance - the cloud platform in a box, which can be installed in own data center. In addition to a strategic partner HP, Microsoft partnered with Dell, and Fujitsu that provide hardware for these boxes. It is interesting that Microsoft decided to deliver boxes, but not a software solution based on Windows Azure and Hyper-V virtualization (which could be deployed on the existing data center hardware). Because the software solution would become a competitor for its own Windows Server.