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Eucalyptus, OpenNebula and Nimbus are three major open-source cloud-computing software platforms. The overall function of these systems is to manage the provisioning of virtual machines for a cloud providing infrastructure-as-a-service. These various open-source projects provide an important alternative for those who do not wish to use a commercially provided cloud. The authors provide a comparison and analysis of each of these systems. They begin with a short summary comparing the current raw feature set of these projects. After that, they deepen the analysis by describing how these cloud management frameworks relate to the many other software components required to create a functioning cloud computing system.
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