OpenNebula Newsletter – July 2012

Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

It’s been a very exciting (and busy) month for the OpenNebula team with the release of the OpenNebula 3.6 beta, and several related goodies. OpenNebula 3.6 features a new hotplug mechanism for disk volumes that supports attaching either volatile volumes or existing images to a running VM. We have also re-written the Quota and Accounting tools from scratch. Quota and Accounting are now included in the OpenNebula core, which enhances their integration with the existing authorization and authentication mechanisms and other related tools (e.g. Sunstone).

OpenNebula 3.6 also features improvements in other systems, especially in Sunstone’s interface with the redesign of several tabs. Make sure you check out all the screenshots we published recently on our blog. If you want to try it out, just head over to the OpenNebula Demo Cloud, which we recently updated to OpenNebula 3.6 Beta.

Stay tuned for the stable release of OpenNebula 3.6: it is scheduled for July 9th.

We also announced a first public beta of the new OpenNebula Marketplace, an online catalog where individuals and organizations can quickly distribute and deploy virtual appliances ready-to-run on OpenNebula clouds. Any user of an OpenNebula cloud can find and deploy virtual appliances in a single click. The OpenNebula marketplace is also of interest to software developer looking to quickly distribute a new appliance, making it available to all OpenNebula deployments worldwide.

In this first beta, users could only download existing appliances from the public catalog and access specific information of the appliance configuration. A few days ago, we released a new version that allows users can easily post and share their own appliances. OpenNebula 3.6 is fully integrated with the new OpenNebula Marketplace. Any user of an OpenNebula cloud can very easily find and deploy virtual appliances through familiar tools like the Sunstone GUI or the OpenNebula CLI.

Finally, after releasing a Sandbox Appliance for VMware, we recently did the same with KVM. We also published some interesting articles on OpenNebula for large scale deployments and why OpenNebula is the solution for private cloud computing.

Community

Earlier this month, we heard how FutureGrid, a testbed providing users with grid, cloud, and high performance computing infrastructures, uses OpenNebula for image management in Cloud/HPC environments.

Three current European Union projects, SCI-BUS, SHIWA and EDGI, have organized a Summer School revolving around Cloud and Grid computing. A whole day is devoted to cloud computing where students are trained on how to build and use cloud systems. For this day, the organizers selected OpenNebula because of its widespread use in European projects.

We have a new contribution to the OpenNebula ecosystem: one-ovz-driver, a driver that adds support for OpenVZ as a hypervisor in OpenNebula. Thanks to Dariusz Chrząścik, Marta Ryłko, Radosław Morytko, and Marcin Jarząb at Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza for this contribution!

Our list of featured users keeps growing, and we recently added several new users, such as Dell, Liberologico, Impetus, OnGrid

Finally, one of the benefits of having a truly international community is that several users have been able to contribute partial and complete translations of OpenNebula’s user-facing interfaces. We recently started using Transifex to help us manage these translations, and we have launched a call for translations. The existing translations can be updated and new translations submitted through our project site at Transifex. The process is very simple: just create a Transifex account (or login with using your Twitter, LinkedIn, Google or Facebook account) and you’ll be able to translate individual strings from English to your native language.

Outreach

This summer, members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in several Cloud events:

If you will be attending any of these events and want to meet with a member of the OpenNebula team, drop us a line at contact@opennebula.org

This last month, we participated in several cloud events, including Clouds for Europe: From Cloud-friendly to Cloud-Active, and Matchmaking in the Cloud. Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page. We have also have a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – June 2012

Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

Shortly after the release of OpenNebula 3.4, C12G Labs announced the release of OpenNebulaPro 3.4. OpenNebulaPro is provided under open-source license to customers and partners on an annual subscription basis through the OpenNebula.pro Support Portal. The subscription model brings several additional benefits in terms of long term multi-year support, integration and production support with professional SLAs, regular maintenance releases, product influence, and privacy and security guarantee, and all at a competitive cost without high upfront fees.

Speaking of OpenNebula 3.4, we also published a screencast showing you how to bootstrap this new version, and how to create a VM from scratch.

We also published a blog post explaining why it makes sense to use OpenNebula on your existing VMWare infrastructure. C12G Labs also released an OpenNebula Sandbox for VMware to quickly deploy an OpenNebula cloud for testing, development or integration. These Cloud Sanboxes will be useful when setting up pilot clouds to quickly test a new feature without having to install and configure an OpenNebula front-end. It is therefore intended for testers, early adopters, developers and also integrators.

Community

We are really excited to announce that Giovanni Toraldo, an active member of the OpenNebula community, has just published a book on OpenNebula. The book has been published by Packt Publishing and it provides a practical step-by-step guide for newcomers. You can purchase the book, in both eBook and print format, on the book’s website.

OpenNebula’s openSUSE maintainer, Robert Schweikert, finished upgrading the packages to the latest OpenNebula 3.4.1 version. He has also contributed some KIWI examples and the openSUSE install guide has been updated to reflect the latest changes.

Outreach

Ignacio M. Llorente, Director of OpenNebula, gave an invited talk at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division – NASA Ames on the 24th of May about cloud computing architecture with OpenNebula, with special focus on cloud deployments for High Performance Computing environments. Follow the link for the slides from the presentation, and thanks to everyone at NASA who gave us such great feedback!

OpenNebula also participated the the LinuxTag conference, which took place from the 23rd to the 26th of May in Berlin, Germany. LinuxTag is one of the leading open source conferences in Europe and we had the chance to introduce OpenNebula to the public, explaining most of its features for cloud providers, integrators, and cloud consumers.

While at LinuxTag, we also had a chance to introduce OpenNebula at RootCamp Berlin. RootCamp Berlin is a bar-camp in which several participants meet and agree to hold presentations on several topics of their choice. This was the first edition of the RootCamp, and it ran under the wing of the LinuxTag 2012.

C12G Labs has recently started a series of Webinars focused on different aspects and possible deployments achieved by OpenNebula. Most of these Webinars are by invitation only, but C12G will also offer Webinars open to the general public, the first one will be taking place on June 7th.

Members of the OpenNebula project will be participating in Matchmaking in the Cloud on June 7 and 8, 2012, in Paris.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page. We have also have a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – May 2012

Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

The big news this month is the release of the OpenNebula 3.4 (including a maintenance release, OpenNebula 3.4.1). This release is focused on extending the storage capabilities of OpenNebula, including support for multiple datastores. The use of multiple datastores provides extreme flexibility in planning the storage backend and important performance benefits, such as balancing I/O operations between storage servers, defining different SLA and QoS policies for different VM types or users, or easily scaling the cloud storage.

OpenNebula 3.4 also features improvements in other systems, especially in the core with the support of logic resource pools, the EC2 API with the support of elastic IPs, the Sunstone and Self-service portals with new cool features, and the EC2 hybrid cloud driver that now supports EC2 features like tags, security groups or VPCs.

As usual, the OpenNebula community has played an active role in shaping this release, and OpenNebula 3.4 includes contributions from Akamai, Research in Motion, Logica, Terradue 2.0, CloudWeavers, Clemson University, and Vilnius University.

And now that OpenNebula 3.4 is out, we have updated our public cloud to 3.4.

But that’s not all! We will be releasing our first sprint of the 3.6 release cycle soon, including more community contributions, such as the resched command contributed by Research in Motion.

Community

We are happy to announce that the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) will feature OpenNebula 3.2.1. We would like to thank Damien Raude-Morvan for maintaining the Debian package and Fabrice Coutadeur for helping us with the sync request, and the friendly people from #ubuntu-devel in Freenode for helping us out every time we asked. Fedora 17 Beta “Beefy Miracle” was also recently released with OpenNebula.

We have a new contribution to the OpenNebula ecosystem: Onenox, an extension of the OpenFlow controller NOX so that it can be called directly by the econe server of OpenNebula. Advanced network services can be enabled by onenox by pushing new rules set onto the Open vSwitch of a cloud infrastructure. Onenox is used to implement the well known Amazon services Elastic IP and security groups.

Rutgers University is building a solar-powered data center that will use an energy-aware version of OpenNebula called GreenNebula.

A team in Engineering (partially funded by Venus-C) have released a tool, ovf4one, which provides an OCCI interface that accepts OVF and provisions resources through the OpenNebula OCA interface.

We recently received new language contributions for OpenNebula Self-Service, our end-user web interface: fr_FR and fr_CA. As happy as we we were to receive these contributions, it was too late to include them in the official OpenNebula 3.4 release.

The cloud-b-lab blog continues to publish some excellent tutorials on OpenNebula, including a recent one on installing OpenNebula 3.4 and VMware ESX 4.1.

Outreach

This month, we gave an intensive tutorial on basic and advance usage and configuration of OpenNebula 3.2.1 at the Open Source Datacenter Conference (OSDC 2012) in Nuremberg, Germany, on the 25th and 26th of April 2012. Make sure to check out our blog post of the event, including slides.

OpenNebula will be holding a presentation on the LinuxTag Conference 2012, which will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of May in Berlin, Germany. The presentation is on Wednesday 23rd, at 11:00 in the London room.

Our Project Director (Ignacio M. Llorente) will participate at OSBC 2012 in San Francisco the 21 and 22 of May and will spend the rest of the week in the Bay Area attending some meetings and giving talks in several locations like NASA Ames. Send us an email to contact@opennebula.org if you are interested in meeting with Ignacio.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – April 2012

Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

The big news this month is the release of the OpenNebula 3.4 beta. This release is focused on extending the storage capabilities of OpenNebula, including support for multiple datastores. The use of multiple datastores provides extreme flexibility in planning the storage backend and important performance benefits, such as balancing I/O operations between storage servers, defining different SLA and QoS policies for different VM types or users, or easily scaling the cloud storage.

OpenNebula 3.4 also features improvements in other systems, especially in the core with the support of logic resource pools, the EC2 API with the support of elastic IPs, the Sunstone and Self-service portals with new cool features, and the EC2 hybrid cloud driver that now supports EC2 features like tags, security groups or VPCs.

As usual, the OpenNebula community has played an active role in shaping this release, and OpenNebula 3.4 includes contributions from Research in Motion, Logica, Terradue 2.0, CloudWeavers, Clemson University, and Vilnius University.

The final release of OpenNebula 3.4 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11.

Community

Three new components were contributed to the OpenNebula ecosystem:

  • The Cluster Energy Saving system (CLUES): An energy management system for High Performance Computing (HPC) Clusters and Cloud infrastructures that supports integration with OpenNebula. The main function of the system is to power off internal cluster nodes when they are not being used, and conversely to power them on when they are needed. This component was contributed by the Grupo de Grid y Computación de Altas Prestaciones at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
  • A stable version of the Hyper-V drivers for OpenNebula. This latest release includes new features, such as direct connection to Windows Servers nodes without requiring a proxy machine, improvement of CDROM contextualization mechanism, and support for SCSI hard disks. These new components have been developed with the support of Microsoft.
  • Green Cloud Scheduler: A scheduler that consolidates the virtual machines in the cloud such that as few servers as possible are used to run the current workload while the unused servers are shut down. This component was contributed by the Distributed Systems Research Laboratory of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.

Sebastien Goasguen’s team at Clemson University has worked on adding support for EC2-like Elastic IPs and Security Groups to OpenNebula. You can read more about it, including pointers to their code, in this blog post.

Qingye Jiang published a really interesting analysis of several open source cloud communities, including OpenNebula.

Finally, the cloud-b-lab blog has been publishing several tutorials on OpenNebula, including tutorials on VMWare, Windows XP, and Hadoop.

Outreach

We will be giving an intensive tutorial on basic and advance usage and configuration of the new OpenNebula 3.2.1 at the Open Source Datacenter Conference (OSDC 2012) to take place in Nuremberg, Germany, on the 25th and 26th of April 2012. Preregistration for the workshop is needed.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – March 2012

Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

Following our rapid release cycle, a pre-release of OpenNebula 3.4 is now available. This pre-release solves minor issues in several OpenNebula components and includes some new features, specially in Sunstone and in the cloud servers (EC2 and OCCI). For a more detailed list of changes, take a look at the release notes. The final release of OpenNebula 3.4 will feature multiple data-stores and several new back-ends for storage. Some of this is already in the repository although it has not been included in this pre-release. We will be releasing OpenNebula 3.4 Beta on the 16th of March… so stay tuned!

We released a new version of the OpenNebula drivers to build clouds on Microsoft Hyper-V. The main aim of this new release is to enhance the performance and scalability of the drivers and to simplify its deployment by leveraging technologies commonly available in Windows environments, like Windows Remote Management. This release also updates the drivers to work with the latest stable version of OpenNebula (3.2). You can find more technical details in the Hyper-V page of the OpenNebula ecosystem. The release of this new driver was announced in CloudScape IV and a final version of this drivers will be released in few weeks.

The OpenNebula driver in Deltacloud has been updated to interact with OpenNebula 3.x clouds. If you want to test it, we added a Howto to our wiki showing how to interact with OpenNebula using Deltacloud, and you can also test it with the OpenNebula Public Cloud.

We added some new documentation resources that may be of use to some of our users:

Community

The big news in the community this month was that OpenNebula will be part of the Helix Nebula partnership, a consortium of leading IT providers and three of Europe’s biggest research centres (CERN, EMBL and ESA) launching a European cloud computing platform to enable innovation for science and to create new commercial markets. In the science research area, OpenNebula is used by the leading supercomputing centers, research labs, and e-infrastructures to build and manage their own cloud computing systems.

During this month we also updated our list of contributors to include people from FermiLab, Harvard, Sandia Labs, CERN, IBM, Logica, Puppet, RIM, and many others (if your name is missing from the list, please contact us). We also added several companies and projects to our list of featured users: CITEC, LibreIT, Tokyo Institute of Technology, CloudWeavers, IBERGRID, MeghaCloud, NineLab, ISMB , RENKEI, BrainPowered… If you would like to be added to the list, please take a moment to fill out our OpenNebula User Survey

We have recently received an important contribution from Research in Motion: they have contributed new image/transfer drivers for qcow2 and multiple datastores, which will be part of the upcoming OpenNebula 3.4.

Fedora 17 Alpha has been released featuring OpenNebula 3.2.1 (thanks to Shawn Starr), and the OpenNebula package in Debian has been updated to 3.2.1 (thanks to Damien Raude-Morvan).

Valentin Bud organized a Cloud Computing and OpenNebula workshop in Timisoara, Romania, on February 16th. Valentin is hoping to organize more workshops like this so, if you live in Romania, make sure you follow his workshop Facebook page.

Finally, we would also like to point out that there was recently a very interesting thread in our user mailing list where the gurus of the of the community exchanged their experiences when using different storage subsystems: GlusterFS, GPFS, Lustre, MooseFS, XtreemFS…

Outreach

CloudScape IV was an opportunity to present how OpenNebula is helping to unleash the innovation of cloud computing and to see the wide adoption of OpenNebula in leading international projects working in cloud computing innovation and interoperability in the area of research infrastructures. Projects like VenusC, BonFIRE, EGI, or StratusLab presented their use of OpenNebula, and how its standard APIs are helping them to offer interoperability and portability to their consumers.

FOSDEM was a great opportunity to get feedback from the community, and to meet with the people behind the projects we collaborate with, Deltacloud, CompatibleOne, Xen Cloud Platform, ….

We will be giving an intensive tutorial on basic and advance usage and configuration of the new OpenNebula 3.2.1 at the Open Source Datacenter Conference (OSDC 2012) to take place in Nuremberg, Germany, on the 25th and 26th of April 2012. Preregistration for the workshop is needed.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – February 2012

Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

Of course, the big news this month was the launch of OpenNebula 3.2, with lots of new features like:

  • VMware, out-of-the-box support for VMware that now includes live migration, advanced contextualization, image and network management.
  • Self-Service Portal, a new easy-to-use web-based end-user interface that complements the existing GUIs for the operation of the data-center (OpenNebula Sunstone) and for the management of multiple zones (OpenNebula Zones). You can see a couple screenshots of this new interface in this blog post.
  • User & Group Management, to easily share virtual resources with other users and groups.
  • Improved Security, that fixes security issues and incorporates new authentication drivers and performance improvements.
  • Networking Drivers, a new set of drivers are now available to perform networking setup operations.
  • Data Center Placement Policies, placement policies can be defined globally to optimize the resources of the datacenter. There are 4 predefined policies: packing, striping, load-aware, and custom.

We also recently updated the OpenNebula Public Cloud to OpenNebula 3.2.

Please note that, a few days ago, we released OpenNebula 3.2.1, a maintenance release that includes several bug fixes. This is a recommended update for everyone running the 3.x version of OpenNebula.

As we mentioned in our last newsletter, one of the new features in OpenNebula 3.x that is getting a lot of attention is OpenNebula Zones. We published a screencast that explains this feature in more detail, which we recently followed up with a second screencast showing how to manage Virtual Data Centers in OpenNebula.

Community

Ken Barber, from Puppet Labs, wrote a blog post (co-authored with our own Tino Vazquez) on how to “puppetize OpenNebula”, describing the integration between Puppet and OpenNebula.

The Business Application Modernization (BAM) Department of IBM India contributed two really interesting blog posts on using OpenNebula with Nested ESX VMWare, and on Using HybridFox and EC2 Interfaces on VMware-based OpenNebula Clouds.

We have a new contribution to the OpenNebula ecosystem: CLUES (Cluster Energy Saving), an energy management system for High Performance Computing (HPC) Clusters and Cloud infrastructures. The main function of the system is to power off internal cluster nodes when they are not being used, and conversely to power them on when they are needed. Thanks to the Grid y Computación de Altas Prestaciones (GRyCAP) group at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia for this contribution!

oVirt and OpenNebula were featured as the main new components in cloud and virtualization in Fedora 17.

A new book titled “Open Source Cloud Computing Systems” (by Luis Vaquero, Juan Cáceres, and Juan Hierro) was just published, including a chapter on OpenNebula.

Sebastien Goasguen posted a video showing how to upload Virtual Machine Images to an OpenNebula cloud via S3 and Boto. The Austin on Rails group posted a video showing how to deploy Rails to your own private cloud with OpenNebula and Cobbler

SARA launched its new Cloud with OpenNebula 3. Some of their first users gave it glowing reviews.

Outreach

We have the following events coming up:

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page.

OpenNebula Newsletter – January 2012

Happy New Year, everyone! This is our first newsletter of 2012, summarizing everything that happened during the last month of 2011. In case you haven’t read it yet, remember we’ve also published a Year in Review post with all the exciting stuff that happened in the OpenNebula project and its community during 2011.

Technology

Thanks to our new rapid release development cycle, this past month we released a beta and a Release Candidate of OpenNebula 3.2. This new release will include full support for VMWare, a whole slew of new network and security management features in OpenNebula core, and several improvements to Sunstone, OpenNebula Zones and VDCs, and our OCCI interface.

One of the new features that is becoming increasingly popular is OpenNebula Zones, and we published a screencast that explains this feature in more detail and shows how you can use it to manage multiple OpenNebula instances.

We also added a new HOWTO to our wiki explaining how to develop new external cloud drivers in OpenNebula, which allow OpenNebula to interact with external cloud providers in a “hybrid cloud” manner. OpenNebula currently includes drivers to interact with EC2 to combine local resources with resources from EC2, but we provide a driver framework that allows other developers to add support for additional clouds.

Community

A member of the OpenNebula community, Giovanni Toraldo, has written a book on OpenNebula 3 which is scheduled to be released in June 2012. We’re sure this will be a great asset for newcomers to OpenNebula and cloud computing in general!

Sebastien Goasguen’s team at Clemson University added an OpenNebula cloud to FutureGrid. They also prepared a screencast showing how to use CernVM to deploy VMs on Clemson’s Opennebula cloud.

Several community members presented the result of their work with OpenNebula at the eScience 2011 Workshop on Cloud and Virtualization for Industry.

The OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative has produced CompatibleOne, a new open source project that aims to provide interoperable middleware for the description and federation of heterogeneous clouds comprising resources provisioned by different cloud providers. In particular, CompatibleOne can broker resources from both OpenNebula and OpenStack clouds. Check out their website for a demo.

Canada Cloud presented an interesting “Catalyst Project” describing how OpenNebula could be applied in key areas such as E-Health Ontario’s ONE Services program.

OpenNebula was added to Fedora’s Cloud SIG wiki.

Outreach

OpenNebula has a big event coming up. OpenNebula has been invited by the European Commission to speak at the 4th EU-Japan Symposium on New Generation Networks and Future Internet in Tokyo the 19th of January, 2011. If you’ll be there, and want to meet with the OpenNebula team, make sure to drop us a line at contact@opennebula.org.

We also have the following events coming up:

  • OpenNebula will participate in the Open Source Virtualization and Cloud devroom at FOSDEM 2012 (Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting), Brussels, Belgium, February 4-5, 2012.
  • A workshop on basic and advanced use of OpenNebula will take place in the Open Source Datacenter Conference (OSDC) in Nuremberg, Germany, April 24-26, 2012

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page.

OpenNebula Newsletter – December 2011

Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

We announced a new rapid release development cycle that will allow us to more quickly deliver new features and innovations to the community as well as incorporate requirements of our users and feedback from the community. Shortly afterwards, we announced the first pre-release of OpenNebula 3.2, with OpenNebula 3.2 Final scheduled for December 20th (the blue-prints for this release can be found at the development portal).

A few days ago, we celebrated OpenNebula’s fourth birthday! We took a look back at how the project has grown in the last four years.

C12G Labs released OpenNebula 3.0 Pro, and a new version of the VMWare addon. In fact, the VMWare addon, with extended features developed by C12G Labs, will now be included with OpenNebula, starting with version 3.2.

Community

openSUSE 12.1 was recently released, with OpenNebula included in their Virtualization and Cloud repository.

OW2 announced its first CompatibleOne Cloud Broker Demonstration, enabling the deployment of applications across different OpenNebula and OpenStack cloud computing heterogeneous infrastructures.

Ken Barber (from Puppet Labs) gave a talk on Puppet and OpenNebula at the London Puppet Users Meetup. You can see a video of his talk here.

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan’s largest public research organization, was added to our list of featured users.

Finally, we were glad to see that most of the cloud providers in EGI (European Grid Infrastructure) are using OpenNebula.

Outreach

We have the following upcoming events:

  • OpenNebula will participate in the Open Source Virtualization and Cloud devroom at FOSDEM 2012 (Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting), Brussels, Belgium, February 4-5, 2012.
  • A workshop on basic and advanced use of OpenNebula will take place in the Open Source Datacenter Conference (OSDC) in Nuremberg, Germany, April 24-26, 2012

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page.

OpenNebula Newsletter – November 2011

Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming month.

Technology

After the release of OpenNebula 3.0, we’ve continued to highlight some of its features. In particular, many features are the result of feedback from the High Performance Computing community. In the blog post Building a Cloud for High Performance Computing we highlighted many of the requirements from this community, and how OpenNebula meets those requirements.

This month we also released development versions of two new extensions for OpenNebula: Microsoft Hyper-V drivers and Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) drivers, as a result of our collaboration with Microsoft and with the Xen project, respectively.

C12G Labs also released a new version of its OpenNebula Addons, including the LDAP Authentication Module, the Accounting Toolset, and the VMware Driver. All of these have been updated for OpenNebula 3.0.

Community

CERN continues to succesfully use OpenNebula in production in several departments. A recent presentation from their IT Department provides a summary of their experiences with OpenNebula within lxcloud for batch virtualization and public cloud services. They recently contributed a blog post describing their experiences in building a private cloud in the Engineering Department at CERN.

This last month, more organizations were added to our list of featured users or announced updates in their OpenNebula offerings, including leading research centers like DESY (Germany’s larger accelerator center), and companies like ZeroNines, ClassCat and IPPON Technologies.

André Monteiro, from the Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro, contributed a detailed guide on how to use Windows VMs with OpenNebula.

We were excited to hear that the UK’s Cabinet Office lists OpenNebula as an open-source alternative to proprietary solutions for cloud computing. The Canadian Cloud Best Practices Council has also been exploring OpenNebula, and is preparing a white paper on how the OpenNebula can be used for Government Cloud Computing.

Apache Libcloud 0.6.1 was released with support for OpenNebula API v3.0, thanks to Hutson Betts.

Finally, a big thanks to all the community members who continue to develop software around OpenNebula or give OpenNebula presentations around the world. This month, we’d like to thanks Ken Barber from Puppetlabs for developing an OpenNebula Puppet module, Ethan Waldo for giving a talk on Deploying Rails to your own private cloud with OpenNebula and Cobbler at an Austin on Rails meeting, and Łukasz Oleś for developing Python bindings for the XMLRPC OpenNebula Cloud API.

Outreach

We have the following upcoming events:

  • Keynote at the OW2 Annual Conference, Paris, France, November 23-24th, 2011
  • OpenNebula will participate in the Open Source Virtualization and Cloud devroom at FOSDEM 2012 (Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting), Brussels, Belgium, February 4-5, 2012.

Last month we participated in various outreach events, but we wanted to point one out in particular: we gave a talk titled Presentation of Group Efforts in OpenNebula Interoperability and Portability at the 5th International DMTF Workshop on Systems and Virtualization Management: Standards and the Cloud describing our work on interoperability and standards, such as OGF OCCI, SNIA CDMI y DMTF OVF.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from all past events in our Outreach page.

OpenNebula Newsletter – October 2011

This last month has been a busy one, thanks to the release of OpenNebula 3.0. Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming month.

Technology

Of course, the big news is that we released OpenNebula 3.0! If you haven’t done so yet, check out the release notes and download it now.

One of the new features in OpenNebula 3.0 is an improved Sunstone Web UI. To get a better idea of how it works, check out this screencast. Remember we also have a free cloud testbed you can try out yourself (including Sunstone); in fact, we recently updated the cloud testbed to 3.0.

You can also read our blog post “Building a Cloud for Mission-Critical Applications“, which summarizes how the new features in OpenNebula 3.0 can be used to support mission-critical use cases.

We also announced an exciting new collaboration: we are working with Microsoft to add Hyper-V Support to OpenNebula

Finally, we are already working on OpenNebula 3.2. Check out the current planned features for 3.2. If you’d like to suggest new features, or discuss some of the proposed ones, please send a message to the OpenNebula discussion mailing list.

Community

Lots of stuff happening in the OpenNebula community too! We revamped the OpenNebula community wiki, which now has its own site: http://wiki.opennebula.org/. Any OpenNebula community member can use this wiki to share howtos or provide links to guides, white papers, or use cases.

In collaboration with several other groups and industry partners, we helped establish the OpenNebula interoperability group

C12G Labs released a new guide on integrating SUSE Studio with OpenNebula. This guide addresses how to create or adapt any SUSE Studio appliance by simply adding a 20-line script to the appliance, which will integrate the appliance’s network with OpenNebula and will handle the contextualization process.

On a related note, there is now an OpenNebula 3.0 appliance available in SUSE Studio

We have two new ecosystem components: Hector Sanjuan, Pablo Donaire, David Rodriguez contributed OneVBox, a VirtualBox driver for OpenNebula, and the Cloud Research Lab at Furtwangen University contributed StudiCloud, a backend-proxy for Shibboleth Single-Sign-On authentication in OpenNebula. Moreover, Nikolay created a wiki page about how to integrate OpenNebula with OpenVZ.

Finally, we were happy to find out that SARA’s OpenNebula HPC Cloud is now in production, and we learned a bit more about how OpenNebula is used at CERN and FermiLab.

Outreach

We have the following upcoming events:

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page.