Community One East

Community One East had a good turn out given that it was held for the first time in New York. There was a great deal of enthusiasm and energy throughout the event yesterday. The general sessions were web cast live.

The theme of this conference was around Cloud Computing with Sun jumping into the fray with their announcement of Sun Open Cloud Platform. The Open Cloud Platform will be released as a “controlled” (on invitation only?) beta this summer.

In the opening session, Sun’s Dave Douglas and Lew Tucker demonstrated the ease with which you could provision servers from a library of virtual machines, front-end them with a load-balancer and hook it up to a public IP address. Nifty!

Sun Cloud

The Sun Cloud will have a Compute Service and a Storage Service which will support the file-level WebDav protocol and an object-based storage protocol that will be compatible with Amazon’s S3 storage service.

Users will be able to browse servers using the user interface, perform point-’n-click, drag-’n-drop and operations to provision servers. The underlying APIs for these operations are based on REST principles which are being developed under Project Kenai. Sun is releasing these APIs under a open source license. Sun is looking forward to receiving feedback on these APIs so as to improve it.

With the introduction of their cloud offering, Sun is stepping into the Cloud Computing world as another Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider. It is hoping to compete with Amazon and other infrastructure cloud providers.

Welcome Sun! It’s great to have you join the Cloud Computing market.