Open-source jclouds library supports ElasticHosts!

Following in the footsteps of Apache Libcloud, another open-source cloud library has added support for ElasticHosts.

We’re very pleased to report that the open-source jclouds Java cloud computing library now supports ElasticHosts and ElasticStack.

This is thanks to developer Adrian Cole, whom we’ve been working with to make this happen — see his official announcement.

You can now use the fully-featured and actively-developed jclouds library to access your ElasticHosts instances directly.

To introduce jclouds in the developers’ own words:

jclouds is an open source library that helps you get started in the cloud and reuse your java and clojure development skills. Our api allows you freedom to use portable abstractions or cloud-specific features.

Here’s how we help you get started:

  • Simple interface Instead of creating new object types, we reuse concepts like maps so that the programming model is familiar. In this way, you can get started without dealing with REST-like apis or WS.
  • Runtime portability We have plugins that allow you to operate in restricted environments like Google App Engine and Android.
  • Deal with web complexity Network based computing introduces issues such as transient failures and redirects. We handle this for you.
  • Unit testability Writing tests for cloud endpoints is difficult. We provide you with Stub connections that simulate a cloud without creating network connections. In this way, you can write your unti tests without mocking complexity or the brittleness of remote connections.
  • Performance We have a pluggable engine which gives you more horsepower when you need it. Our high performance engine uses executors and nio to scale efficiently.

Many thanks to Adrian for his hard work on this, and if you’re using jclouds to manage your ElasticHosts instances, do let us know.