I am working on this Nilgiri project lately aiming to provide a flexible environment of managing private cloud or hybrid cloud to the end users as well as for the sysadmins to make managing cloud simpler than ever. So, someone doesn’t need a tech-expert just to run an instance or to take a snapshot for later use or may be an user want to change his server’s security group at this very moment and he doesn’t have to wait for the system admin to response.
My aim is to make a full featured web console for Eucalyptus cloud ecosystem and as Eucalyptus follows the AWS standard so eventually it will work on AWS too. Why choose Eucalyptus as a platform? Well, currently Amazon is the most widely used cloud service provider in the world and also AWS has become the De-facto standard for cloud APIs. Though Openstack was following the same APIs in the beginning but it seems that gradually they are moving towards Rackspace’s API standards. So, here I am targeting the mass of cloud users at this moment who are currently using AWS, perhaps at some point they will want a private cloud may be because of security, governance or for any other reason. Another possible scenario would be people who are using Eucalyptus on their own and want to share some resources or may be workloads with AWS or may be they want to have both. This tool can be helpful for both type of users.
Euca2ools is a fantastic piece of command line software like Amazon EC2 API Tool created by the eucalyptus enthusiasts and employees. And probably this is the only piece of software which includes all the features of Eucalyptus. But Amazon has got the webconsole that Eucalyptus didn’t have until now. There are few more propitiatory/shareware/open source are also there for a while and some of them are browser plugins. But the usage and the freedom is often limited.
Nilgiri back-end is Python powered, I used Boto, a python library for AWS, and here is the benefit of using a De-facto standard APIs, because it works perfectly with Eucalyptus too. There are few changes in the latest AWS APIs, but the legacy version APIs of the library are also there, sometimes with “_deprecated” tags, so it works fine with Eucalyptus 2.x.
The project is under rapid development and current codes is located here on Github.
For any suggestion or issues please use Github Issues.