Red Hat announced on Friday the launch of Deltacloud 1.0 , a new open-source cloud interoperability toolkit. Deltacloud provides the API server and drivers necessary for connecting to cloud providers.
According to Red Hat’s press release Deltacloud offers features that includes variety of front-ends like Amazon EC2 front end which is primarily intended for users looking to migrate between EC2 and another cloud provider. It also provides greater choices of both how users communicate with Deltacloud and which cloud provider it support due to the highly modular architecture. Deltacloud back end is also modular and gives opportunity to the cloud providers to write their own drivers. Deltacloud driver list includes Amazon, Rackspace, Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform, IBM Smart Business Cloud, OpenStack, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and VMware vSphe.
According the Apache Software Foundation website, Deltacloud delivers the API servers and drivers necessary for connecting to the cloud providers. It also maintains long-term stability for scripts, tools and applications and backward compatibility across different versions.
Red Hat stated “Deltacloud contains a cloud abstraction API. The API works as a wrapper around a large number of clouds, abstracting their differences, For every provider there is a driver ‘speaking’ cloud provider’s native API. It frees you from dealing with the particulars of each cloud’s API.”
“Combine the modular front-end and the modular back-end and you get what David Lutterkort, chair of the Apache Deltacloud Project Management Committee and Red Hat Principal Software Engineer, calls an “n:m proxy.” A front-end talking to a back-end. Talk industry-standard CIMI to a public cloud with a provider-specific API. Talk Amazon EC2 to OpenStack. And do so using the client libraries written for a wide variety of languages. Your choice,” Red Hat says.
Deltacloud aims to meet the demands of the users that want to operate a hybrid cloud computing environment .