cloudinit.d is a tool designed for launching, controlling, and monitoring complex environments in the cloud. Its most important feature is repeatable, one-click, deployment of sets of VMs configured with launch plans. These sets of VMs can be deployed over multiple clouds (Eucalyptus, Nimbus, OpenStack, and Amazon EC2 are currently supported) as well as include non-virtualized resources. Like the Unix init.d process, cloudinit.d can manage dependencies between deployed VMs. It also provides mechanisms for testing, monitoring, and repairing a launch.

For more information about cloudinit.d and example launchplans see the links below and our Teragrid 2011 paper. For repeatable experiment management with cloudinit.d read the report on support for experimental computer science.