inovex Announces New Services to Help Companies Build OpenNebula Clouds

inovex GmbH has just announced its partnership with C12G Labs to support the deployment and operation of OpenNebula-based enterprise cloud infrastructures, and the automation and migration of legacy systems. With OpenNebula as their software platform, inovex experts can set up cloud infrastructures very quickly and operate them efficiently.

inovex is particularly qualified to use OpenNebula in an enterprise environment. inovex has many years of experience in virtualisation, data centre management and highly available and ultra-scalable storage. inovex helps leading Internet companies, like 1&1 Internet AG (WEB.DE, GMX), buch.de and maxdome, IT departments in traditional industry (such as Bosch, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen) and other leading industrial companies like EnBW or DB Schenker, to deal with their IT challenges. For over four years, inovex has been following the development of OpenNebula and other solutions, like OpenStack and OpenQRM. The new partnership with OpenNebula now underpins the confidence inovex experts have in the product and C12G Labs.

Matthias Albert, Head of IT Engineering Operation at inovex, explains the reasons behind the company’s decision to opt for OpenNebula: “We look forward to working with OpenNebula and C12G Labs, as we have identified OpenNebula as the best available open source product for cloud applications after thorough and critical evaluations. OpenNebula has been exhaustively tried and tested and the manufacturer has a clear vision about how it should evolve. Together with C12G Labs, we will give fresh momentum to the German data centre industry, as our exacting customers will love the product.”

More information in the inovex press release.

Open-source Release of the OpenNebula Apps Suite

Continuing its strong commitment to open-source and to the OpenNebula community, C12G Labs has just announced the open-source release of OpenNebulaApps, a suite of tools for users and administrators of OpenNebula clouds to simplify and optimize multi-tiered application management. The new software has been released under Apache license and will be incorporated into the main distribution of OpenNebula. After the announcement made two weeks ago about the public distribution of OpenNebula Maintenance Updates and Service Packs, the incorporation of this innovative functionality consolidates OpenNebula’s position as the most advanced, enterprise-ready open-source cloud management platform.

OpenNebulaApps provides a service management layer on top of OpenNebula infrastructure management capabilities by configuring the stack in the virtual machines, managing multi-tiered services, and building a private market to distribute appliances across several OpenNebula instances. Because Cloud applications consist of stacks of software components, OpenNebulaApps contributes to significantly reduce the time needed to build, distribute, and run new applications. The suite includes:

  • AppStage to perform the automatic installation and configuration of the software stack that constitutes an application environment, enabling you to easily define software configurations for your virtual machines and share them with other users
  • AppFlow to enable the automatic execution of multi-tiered applications composed of interconnected virtual machines, managing them as a single entity
  • AppMarket to build a centralized and private catalog of cloud applications to share and distribute virtual appliances across different OpenNebula instances.

This new enterprise functionality, along with the existing production-ready processes for software release, Q&A and upgrade, and the availability of several support options directly from developers, reduces cost and complexity of building and operating OpenNebula clouds and ensures its long term stability and performance.

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New OpenNebula Release and Q&A Strategy with Maintenance and Service Packs

Continuing its strong commitment to open-source and to the OpenNebula community, C12G has just announced that every OpenNebula Maintenance Release and Service Pack will be made publicly available at the community site. From release 3.8, the OpenNebula community will enjoy the benefits of the OpenNebulaPro distribution including the C12G’s Quality Assurance processes.

This change in the Release and Q&A Strategy of OpenNebula will bring many benefits to all stakeholders:

  • Community users will now have access to a more frequently updated, certified enterprise-ready software distribution. The OpenNebula community will have access to regular Maintenance Releases with fixes and minor enhancements; as well as to Service Packs that will extend the life of each OpenNebula series for up to three years.
  • Commercial support subscribers will receive production level support for OpenNebula without having to wait for an additional certification process. All of the many benefits of C12G’s commercial support subscriptions will apply for OpenNebula cloud deployments. Also any community installation of OpenNebula can enter a support program without installing a new version of OpenNebula.

This new Release Strategy and Q&A Process, together with the existing Upgrade Process for production environments and the availability of several support options directly from developers, will reduce cost and complexity of your OpenNebula cloud and ensure its long term stability and performance.

There are now three different support options for OpenNebula:

  • Community Support for developers, researchers and technical enthusiasts to test and evaluate the capabilities of the software, and to build pre-production cloud environments.
  • Basic Support for corporations, research centers and governments that require expert support assistance with basic SLAs during customization and building phases or to operate non-production cloud environments for testing/development applications. The annual subscription rate for the basic support is a flat fee of 750 euros for unlimited servers.
  • Production Support for corporations, research centers and governments that require expert support assistance with production SLAs to operate cloud environments for production applications. The annual subscription rate for the production support varies with the level of service and the size of the cloud starting at 320 euros per server.

Basic and Production Support options are commercial support subscriptions that help sustain the OpenNebula project. Besides the long-term commercial support, utterly important to medium and large organizations, commercial support subscriptions bring additional benefits in terms of software, like access to the OpenNebulaApps suite or influence on the OpenNebula roadmap; documentation, with access to the PDF version of the guides and discounts in training; and legal protection.

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OpenNebula in Amazon EC2: A Private Cloud Within a Public Cloud

C12G Labs has just announced the availability of the OpenNebula Sandbox for Amazon EC2. OpenNebula is a widely-deployed open-source management solution for enterprise data center virtualization and private cloud computing that implements the Amazon EC2 interface. With the new Sandbox you can deploy in a single click an AWS-compatible OpenNebula nested cloud on Amazon EC2, where you can launch virtual machines within an Amazon instance.

The OpenNebula Sandbox is a CentOS 6.3 virtual machine appliance with a pre-configured automated installation of OpenNebula 3.8, a virtualization node using emulation (QEMU) ready to execute virtual machines, and prepared images to offer a feature rich cloud experience. Users are able to log into the OpenNebula cloud, monitor the managed resources, and launch instances of virtual machines without the hassle of configuring a physical infrastructure.

The Sandbox provides a fast and easy way for cloud trainers to teach OpenNebula, for cloud builders and operators to evaluate OpenNebula, and for developers to test their integrations against a real controlled OpenNebula environment. It is not intended for production environments due to the overhead in the hardware emulation. However the OpenNebula innovative functionality for cloudbursting opens the possibility of using the OpenNebula Sandbox as an Amazon-hosted broker to orchestrate and aggregate different Amazon availability zones.

OpenNebula Sandbox is part of a new program created by C12G Labs that aims to provide different tools and guides to eliminate the challenges of implementing a small-scale OpenNebula cloud for development, testing or integration. The Sandbox is also available for VirtualBox, KVM, and VMware.

First Public Training Course on OpenNebula Fundamentals

C12G Labs is happy to announce the availability of the first public training course on OpenNebula Fundamentals for cloud integrators, architects and administrators. The course, to be held at C12G headquarters in Madrid on the 11th of December, spans across 3 days and covers the process of installing, configuring and operating private, public and hybrid clouds using OpenNebula.  There is a 20% discount on public training for active customers and partners, and for Education, Government and Non-Profit institutions or organizations working in research projects.

Other locations in Europe and United States to hold the training are also being considered. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you. More information on C12G public and private courses can be found in the training pages.

Hope to see some of you there !

New OpenNebula Pro 3.8 and OpenNebula Apps Suite for Enterprise Private Clouds

C12G Labs has just announced a new release of OpenNebulaPro, the enterprise edition of its widely-deployed open-source management solution for enterprise data center virtualization and private cloud computing. OpenNebulaPro integrates the most recent stable version of OpenNebula (3.8) with bugfixes, performance, and scalability patches developed by the community and by C12G for its customers and partners. OpenNebula 3.8 (codename Twin Jet), released one month ago, enhances its AWS and OCCI API implementations and provides a tighter integration with VMware and KVM.

C12G also announces the first stable release of the OpenNebulaApps, a suite of tools for users and administrators of OpenNebula to simplify and optimize cloud application management. OpenNebulaApps provides a service management layer on top of OpenNebula by configuring the software stack in the applications, managing multi-tiered applications, providing configurable services from a catalog, and building your own private market to distribute applications across several OpenNebula instances. Cloud applications consist of complex software stacks, OpenNebulaApps helps to manage their life-cycle and contributes to significantly reduce the time needed to build, distribute, and deploy cloud applications.

According to C12G’s latest Cloud Architecture Survey, the majority of OpenNebula deployments, 43 percent, are in business accounts compared to 17 percent in research, and less than 10 percent in academia. Moreover most of the surveyed organizations are using their OpenNebula cloud for running production workloads. OpenNebulaPro provides these corporations, research centers and governments with a hardened, certified, long-term supported cloud platform. Compared to OpenNebula, the expert production and integration support of OpenNebulaPro and its higher stability increase IT productivity, speed time to deployment, and reduce business and technical risks.

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OpenNebulaPro and OpenNebulaApps are 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. C12G Labs also offers professional services to help at any stage of cloud computing adoption with OpenNebula.

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About OpenNebula and C12G

OpenNebula delivers the most feature-rich, customizable and open solution to build enterprise virtualized data centers and private clouds. OpenNebula is an active project with a very large user base, with more than 5,000 downloads per month and thousands of deployments that include leading research centers like CERN, FermiLab and ESA; supercomputing centers like SARA and NCHC; telecom operators like RIM, China Mobile and Telefonica O2; and integrators like Logica, Engineering and KPMG.

OpenNebula and C12G are trademarks of C12G Labs. All other company and product names mentioned are used only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

More Information: http://www.C12G.com

New OpenNebula Public and Private Training Classes by C12G

C12G Labs has just updated its public and private training sessions offering, to adjust to customers and users demands.

Public training sessions will be offered on a regular basis. A schedule for public classes at C12G Labs Headquarters in Madrid has just been published. The first scheduled one, due next 11th of December, is called “OpenNebula Fundamentals: Cloud Operator and Architect Course” and covers the process of installing, configuring and operating private, public and hybrid clouds using OpenNebula. Other locations in Europe and United States to hold the training are also being considered. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you.

There is a 20% discount on public training for active customers and partners, and for Education, Government and Non-Profit institutions or organizations working in research projects.

Moreover, there is the possiblity to request a private training course, to be delivered on-site. The course spans across 3 days, and covers the fundamentals of the OpenNebula cloud manager platform.

More information on public and private courses can be found in the training pages.

C12G Announces the New OpenNebula Jumpstart Packages

C12G has just announced the creation of the OpenNebula Jumstart Packages. These packages are designed to help new customers springboard their productivity, speed time to deployment, and reduce business and technical risks through professional assistance with initial set-up, configuration, support and knowledge transfer.

C12G offers three different packages where experienced C12G Engineers help you start building and operating your OpenNebula Cloud:

  • The Evaluation Support Program is a 30-day, no-cost, and no-commitment trial of OpenNebula.pro with the services to assess its suitability and performance in your environment
  • The Entry-level Support Program is a low-cost starter pack. It comprises one-year Support Subscription to OpenNebula.pro and 4 hours of remote Consulting Services
  • The Bootstrap Program is a fast route to have an OpenNebula cloud on your premises and to ensure that your IT staff are well equipped to operate the cloud. It comprises five days of on-site Professional Services and a one-year Support Subscription to OpenNebula.pro
More information on each specific package can be found in the Jumpstart page, or you can download the Services Program guide.

C12G Releases OpenNebula Cloud Architecture Survey Results

C12G Labs has just announced the results of a survey to determine the main building blocks that constitute the existing OpenNebula clouds. The results of this survey were collected during the 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2012 from the OpenNebula open source cloud management platform community with regards to the type of cloud deployment and its main architectural components. The aim of the survey is to acquire information in order to improve the support for the most demanded infrastructure platforms and deployments.

Since the foundation of the open-source project in November 2007, OpenNebula has been downloaded more than 80,000 times from the project site. However, the number of downloads is much higher because the code can be also downloaded from the software repository and from the official repository of the main Linux distributions. Moreover, several commercial and open-source distributions use OpenNebula as an embedded cloud management platform.

Although more than 2,500 users took part of the survey, just 820 reported to have an OpenNebula cloud up and running, and hence we have only included them in the analysis.

Regarding the use of OpenNebula, the Survey shows that 43% of the deployments are in industry and 17% in research centers. 79% of the respondents use OpenNebula to build a private cloud and 21% use OpenNebula to offer public services. When asked about the type of workload, 58% said that they use OpenNebula for running non-critical environments while 42% use OpenNebula for running production workloads.

Regarding the building blocks of the cloud, KVM at 42% and VMware at 27% are the dominant hypervisors, and Ubuntu at 31% and CentOS at 26% are the most widely used linux distributions for OpenNebula clouds. There is no clear preferred choice for the storage back-end, distributed file systems are used by 38% of the deployments, local host storage by 34% and block-based solutions by 23%. Finally, 51% of the OpenNebula deployments are medium size with a number of physical servers between 10 and 100, and a 13% of the deployments have more 500 physical nodes.

The full results can be seen at http://www.c12g.com/survey

C12G Labs Announces the Release of OpenNebulaPro 3.6

C12G Labs has just announced an update release of OpenNebulaPro, the enterprise edition of OpenNebula. OpenNebulaPro integrates the most recent stable version of OpenNebula (3.6) with the bug, performance, and scalability patches developed by the community and by C12G for its customers and partners.

OpenNebula 3.6 (codename Lagoon), released one month ago, featured several enhancements focused on making it a more robust and user friendly cloud manager. The main new feature is the new hotplugging mechanism for disk volumes that supports attaching either volatile volumes or existing images to a running VM. Also, Quota and Accounting tools were re-written from scratch , so now they are included in the OpenNebula core to enhance their integration with the existing AuthZ & AuthN mechanisms and other related tools (e.g. Sunstone). Some new features like VM reschedulinghard reboots, or cloning of disk images were added as well. Apart from the core, Lagoon came with improvements in other systems, especially in Sunstone’s interface with the redesign of several tabs as well as in the OpenNebula Zones. There was also an important milestone reached in this release, with OpenNebula 3.6 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. The OpenNebula Marketplace is also of the interest of any software developer to quickly distribute a new appliance, making it available to all OpenNebula deployments worldwide.

OpenNebulaPro is used by corporations, research centers and governments looking for a hardened, certified, long-term supported cloud platform. OpenNebulaPro combines the rapid innovation of open-source with the stability and long-term production support of commercial software. Compared to OpenNebula, the expert production and integration support of OpenNebulaPro and its higher stability increase IT productivity, speed time to deployment, and reduce business and technical risks. Compared to other commercial alternatives, OpenNebulaPro is an adaptable and interoperable cloud management solution that delivers enterprise-class functionality, stability and scalability at significantly lower costs.

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. C12G Labs also offers professional services to help at any stage of cloud computing adoption with OpenNebula.

C12G offers a 30-day, no-cost, and no-commitment trial of OpenNebulaPro with the services to assess its suitability and performance in your environment.