Comparing Open Source Private Cloud Platforms

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B302/303


Private cloud computing has become an integral part of global business. While each platform provides a way for virtual machines to be deployed, implementations vary widely. It can be difficult to determine which features are right for your needs. This session will discuss the top open source private cloud platforms and provide analysis on which one is the best fit for you.


Finding the private cloud computing platform that best fits your use case can be challenging. Both open and closed source options exist, each with their own strengths, weaknesses and feature sets. Among the many needs you’ll have to consider:

  • high availability
  • disk performance
  • easy vm deployment
  • vm image management
  • back-end disk storage management
  • web interface
  • ease of setting up
  • API
  • deploying and maintaining the platform

This session will discuss the top open source private cloud platforms – Eucalyptus, Ganeti, OpenNebula and OpenStack – and provide analysis on how each is optimized for particular environments. We will also briefly consider the use of these projects to create public clouds.

Speaking experience

I have spoke at numerous conferences including Open Source Bridge, OSCON, LinuxCon, and SCALE multiple times. I have given both short (45min) sessions and long (3hr) tutorial sessions in the past.