Ubuntu developer Canonical has unveiled a tool that delivers a common application programming interface (API) for provisioning resources across OpenStack and Amazon cloud computing services.
The move should help those familiar with Amazon to adopt OpenStack private clouds as well as enabling workloads to be migrated between the two.
Available now for beta testing, Any Web Service Over Me (Awsome) is a proxy service that translates requests targeting Amazon Web Services (AWS) into the native protocols used by the OpenStack cloud computing platform.
Final code is expected to be available in a few weeks with the release of Ubuntu 12.04 Long Term Support (LTS).
The reason for the move is that customers building up their own cloud computing infrastructure typically have experience of working with public clouds, which means that the majority of them will have invested in using Amazon's services, according to Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth.
"They will have tools written to allow them to spin up workloads on Amazon on demand, and that tooling is very important as it encapsulates the investment people have made in getting the most out of the cloud," he said.
Support for the core Amazon APIs in OpenStack has been a common request from Canonical customers, and also sprang from the firm's own requirements for deployment across AWS and OpenStack.
OpenStack itself was recently updated with the fith release of the platform.
In providing Awsome, Canonical is allowing those customers to continue to utilise the same tools to provision resources on OpenStack.
"So it becomes easy for them to deploy a workload either to the private cloud or to the public cloud," Shuttleworth said.
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