OpenNebula Fox Fur 4.10.1

The OpenNebula team is proud to announce a new maintenance release of OpenNebula 4.10 Fox Fur. This release (4.10.1) comes with several bug fixes found after the 4.10 release. These bug fixes covers different OpenNebula components, like for instance the command line interface, the Cloud View self service portal, OpenNebula Core and several drivers (Auth, Storage), OneFlow and more. Check the full list of bug fixes in the development portal.

OpenNebula 4.10.1 also comes with several new features related to the new vCenter integration that made its debut in 4.10:

If you haven’t had the chance so far to try OpenNebula 4.10, now is the time to download and install OpenNebula 4.10.1 Fox Fur. As as highlight, find below the newly introduced Sunstone gateway to manage commercial support tickets designed to boost productivity.
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Only a Few Days Left for OpenNebulaConf 2014!

This edition of the conference is just around the corner, happening next 2-4 December in Berlin. If you are interested in attending the conference, we entreat you to register swiftly, since only a few seats are left.

1. An Amazing Speaker Lineup and Agenda

This year’s edition of the international OpenNebula Conference is packed with an amazing agenda. If you want to learn about Cloud Computing in general, and OpenNebula in particular. If you are familiar with the software or even an active user or contributor to the project, willing to hear and learn how other members of the community bend OpenNebula for their infrastructure needs, this is the place to be!

Take a look at the highlights from the final agenda:

2. Hacking Workshop and Hands-on Tutorial of the Brand-new OpenNebula 4.10

Besides its amazing talks, there are multiple goodies packed with the OpenNebulaConf registration. Lightning talks, a hands-on tutorial, and meeting OpenNebula users and developers are some of the treats you are in for if you are attending the conference.

One of the major benefits is the possibility to attend an OpenNebula tutorial the day before of the conference. This 3-hour tutorial is included in the registration, so everyone is welcome to attend it. The tutorial is intended for devops and system administrators interested in deploying a private cloud solution, or the integration of OpenNebula with other platforms.

For those that already master OpenNebula, we are organizing a Hacking session that is meant for people that already has OpenNebula deployed and knows how to use it. You can catch up with OpenNebula developers and have conversations that are a bit hard to have in the mailing list. It is also a great place to meet other people that may be doing similar things or have already sorted out some of the problems you may have.

3. Social Event

Right on the riverside, in a beautiful part of Berlin, you can find the old dairy farm with its historic atmosphere. You can experience the most beautiful and varied shades of nature, associated with the four seasons with them.

Last year’s conference was an absolute success, with fruity presentations of long time users of OpenNebula, and with various use cases that, we can confess, largely surprised the OpenNebula team for their artfulness. It is always a pleasure to see how people are using OpenNebula.

See you in Berlin!

Last Opportunity to Contribute to OpenNebulaConf: Lightning Talks Still Available!

As you may know, the lineup and agenda for the second OpenNebula Conference (due this 2-4 December in Berlin) are already closed. These high quality contents ensure that the conference is the perfect place to learn about Cloud Computing, and to understand how industry leaders of different sectors are using OpenNebula in their datacenters.

There is however still a chance to contribute to the conference. The lightning talks are 5 minute plenary presentations focusing on one key point. This can be a new project, product, feature, integration, experience, use case, collaboration invitation, quick tip, or demonstration. This session is an opportunity for ideas to get the attention they deserve. Remember the rules:

  • Five minutes and only five minutes
  • Three slides and only three slides
  • Focus on only one key point: use case, experience, new feature, demo…

We have two 30-minute sessions for lightning talks and there are still slots available, so now is the time to register and send us your proposal!

OpenNebula Newsletter – October 2014

We want to let you know about what we are up to with the main news from the last month regarding the OpenNebula project, including what you can expect in the following months. We are excited about China Mobile’s impressive announcement of their Mobile Cloud based on OpenNebula! Read below.

Technology

Winter is coming, be prepared with the warm Fox Fur of the new stable release of OpenNebula: 4.10. Did you have a chance to try it out yet? We would love to hear your feedback, so we have time to include possible changes in the next maintenance release. You can reach us through the user mailing list, praise is also welcome! But we do not kick back and coast, and we have already started work that will eventually lead to OpenNebula 4.12.

This release ships with several improvements in different subsystems and components. But probably the most important novelty is the new integration with VMware vCenter. OpenNebula 4.10 is able to interact with a farm of ESX servers without contacting them individually, but rather through their associated vCenter. This turns Fox Fur in the first OpenNebula release that allows to automatically import an existing infrastructure, since the new vCenter drivers allow to import Clusters and Virtual Machines from a vCenter installation, significantly smoothing the set up curve.

Adding to the above, this integration will leverage vCenter advanced features such as vMotion, HA or DRS scheduling provided by the VMware vSphere product family. OpenNebula will expose on top of existing vCenter clusters a multi-tenant, cloud-like provisioning layer, offering virtual data centers, datacenter federation or hybrid cloud computing to connect in-house vCenter infrastructures with public clouds. In this manner, adopters will take a definitive step toward liberating their stack from vendor lock-in.

Fox Fur also introduces an integrated tab in Sunstone to access OpenNebula Systems professional support, avoiding disruption of work and enhancing productivity. Moreover, several improvements are scattered across every other OpenNebula component: improvements in the hybrid drivers, including better Sunstone support, improved auth mechanisms (login token functionality) and many bugfixes stabilizing features introduced in Lemon Slice.

Community

Recently, China Mobile announced in our blog their cloud based on OpenNebula. We are very excited to see a project of the scale and importance of using OpenNebula as the base of their infrastructure, leveraging the matureness of your favourite CMP with a well proven infrastructure set up:

the platform has been running for two years and proven to be stable enough to manage more than 600 physical servers and thousands of VMs

Our community has been very active this last month. For instance, do you like Ansible and OpenNebula? Look no further! Read here how this two proven technologies play with each other, thanks to Vincent Vanderkussen. Are you instead living on a Windows world, and like .NET? Play with OpenNebula as well thanks to our partners at Terradue.

OpenNebula keeps growing in Croatia, with a new web hosting company presenting their Win VPSs based on ONE. Also, It’s always refreshing to see how OpenNebula is helping people, thanks Daniel for sharing! Spanish speakers can dwell into this study, placing OpenNebula as the only european open source technology to build clouds.

Comparing with others is always a healthy exercise, check out Carlo view on OpenNebula and OpenStack.

Outreach

This year’s OpenNebula Conference, to be held in Berlin 2-4 of December, 2014 is round the corner. Check the final agenda at the conference page, with folks from PuppetLabs, E-Post, Deloitte and many other companies sharing their experiences with production clouds based on OpenNebula. Moreover, check out the venue for the evening event, and register soon if you like it since there are few places available.

Last but not least, if you are interested in reaching a wide cloud audience, check the sponsorship opportunities for the OpenNebula Conference 2014.

If you live in Spain, and around Extremadura, do not miss out the OpenNebula course next 11th and 12th of this month.

OpenNebula team members were on the road this last month to spread the OpenNebula word. For instance, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, a TechDay was held with Agasol, with great audience response. We learned for instance how the Supercomputing Center of Galicia (CESGA) is using a hybrid OpenNebula cloud.

OpenNebula was present in Europe ICT Proposer’s Day. We were also present in the spanish Digital Agenda Day, where both the OpenNebula project and OpenNebula Systems expressed their inconditional love for open source technologies.

In our mission of spreading we went to Düsseldorf for the LinuxCon Cloud Open. And held another Tech Day in Barcelona, where a great and numerous audience learned about OpenNebula.

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We have more upcoming TechDays in future months, if you are interested in OpenNebula you can check the project page.

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

OpenNebula 4.10 Fox Fur is Out!

The OpenNebula team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the final version of OpenNebula 4.10, codename Fox Fur. This release ships with several improvements in different subsystems and components. But, more importantly, it features a little revolution in shape of vCenter support.

This is the first OpenNebula release that allows to automatically import an existing infrastructure, since the new vCenter drivers allow to import Clusters and Virtual Machines from a vCenter installation, significantly smoothing the set up curve. The concept of the vCenter drivers is akin to the hybrid cloud approach in the sense that OpenNebula will delegate a number of aspects to vCenter, instead of pursuing the management of almost every aspect as it traditionally does with the three supported hypervisors. OpenNebula will use pre defined Virtual Machine Templates existing in the vCenter set up to launch Virtual Machines, very much like it does in its hybrid drivers to access Amazon EC2, IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft Azure, although offering extra features like for instance VNC support and more lifecycle actions.

A refinement has been performed in the OpenNebula networking system, extended in the previous release in order to allow a flexible management of IP leases, decoupling the host-hypervisor configuration attributes with the IP/L3 configuration attributes. In this refinement, end users are allowed to update their VNET reservations and also the address range of their reservations, so they can introduce attributes to be passed along their VMs through contextualization, customizing their VMs network settings in this manner.

Another nifty feature is related to the fact that we are aware that access to professional support in production environments support is a must. Fox Fur introduces an integrated tab in Sunstone to access OpenNebula Systems (the company behind OpenNebula, formerly C12G) professional support. In this way, support tickets management can be performed through Sunstone, avoiding disruption of work and enhancing productivity.

Several improvements are scattered across every other OpenNebula component: improvements in the hybrid drivers, including better Sunstone support, improved auth mechanisms (login token functionality), a solution for the spurious Poweroff state, and many other bugfixes that stabilized features introduced in Lemon Slice.

As usual OpenNebula releases are named after a Nebula. The Fox Fur Nebula (IC 3568) is located in Monoceros and included in the NGC 2264 Region.

This is a stable release and so a recommended update. It incorporate important improvement since 4.8 and several bug fixes since 4.10 Beta. Be sure to check the compatibility and upgrade guides. We invite you to download it and to check the QuickStart guides, as well as to browse the documentation, which has also been properly updated.

Network extension model refinement and login token functionality in OpenNebula 4.10 were funded by BlackBerry in the context of the Fund a Feature Program.

Thanks the community members and users who have contributed to this software release by being active with the discussions, answering user questions, or providing patches for bugfixes, features and documentation.

More information

Last Few Places Available for OpenNebulaConf 2014!

OpenNebula Conference 2014

This year’s edition of the international OpenNebula Conference is packed with an amazing agenda, If you want to learn about Cloud Computing in general, and OpenNebula in particular. If you are familiar with the software or even an active user or contributor to the project, willing to hear and learn how other members of the community bend OpenNebula for their infrastructure needs, this is the place to be!

Want to know what to expect? Last year’s conference was an absolute success, with fruity presentations of long time users of OpenNebula, and with various use cases that, we can confess, largely surprised the OpenNebula team for their artfulness. It is always a pleasure to see how people are using OpenNebula! But do not take our word for it, but rather take a look at the recorded video sessions of all talks of 2013, skim through the slides of the different keynotes and talks and take peak at the various pictures taken during the conference and the evening event.

OpenNebulaConf 2014 is shaping even better this year. Take a look at the highlights from the final agenda:

This edition of the conference is just around the corner, happening next 2-4 December in Berlin, Germany. If you are interested in attending the conference, we entreat you to register swiftly, since seats are limited and only a few are left.

See you in Berlin!

 

OpenNebula 4.10 Beta released!

The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of OpenNebula 4.10 Beta (Fox Fur). This release ships with several improvements in different subsystems and components. But, more importantly, it features a little revolution in shape of vCenter support.

This is the first OpenNebula release that allows to automatically import an existing infrastructure, since the new vCenter drivers allow to import Clusters and Virtual Machines from a vCenter installation, significantly smoothing the set up curve. The concept of the vCenter drivers is akin to the hybrid cloud approach in the sense that OpenNebula will delegate a number of aspects to vCenter, instead of pursuing the management of almost every aspect as it traditionally does with the three supported hypervisors: XEN, KVM and VMware ESX. OpenNebula will use pre defined Virtual Machine Templates existing in the vCenter set up to launch Virtual Machines, very much like it does in its hybrid drivers to access Amazon EC2, IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft Azure, although offering extra features like for instance VNC support and more lifecycle actions.

We are aware that in production environments, access to professional, efficient support is a must, and this is why we have introduced an integrated tab in Sunstone to access OpenNebula Systems (the company behind OpenNebula, formerly C12G) professional support. In this way, support ticket management can be performed through Sunstone, avoiding disruption of work and enhancing productivity.

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Finally, several improvements are scattered across every other OpenNebula component (check the full list of changes in the development portal):

  • a new iteration for the features introduced in Lemon Slice to the OpenNebula networking system
  • improvements in the hybrid drivers, including better Sunstone support.
  • persistency of  snapshots across the VM lifecycle (this allows to revert an snapshot after a VM migrate operation, for instance).
  • the ability to change the ISO file attached to a CDROM media dynamically.
  • and many other bugfixes that stabilized features introduced in Lemon Slice.

As usual OpenNebula releases are named after a Nebula. The Fox Fur Nebula (IC 3568) is located in Monoceros and included in the NGC 2264 Region.

The OpenNebula team is now set to bug-fixing mode. Note that this is a beta release aimed at testers and developers to try the new features (not production environments) and send a more than welcomed feedback for the final release.

Features for network extension model refined in OpenNebula 4.10 were funded by BlackBerry in the context of the Fund a Feature Program.

Relevant Links

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OpenNebula to Support Existing vCenter Infrastructures

Next version of OpenNebula -4.10- is going to be a special release. It will be the first release that will be able to automatically import an existing infrastructure. This will become a reality with the new vCenter drivers and the auto import feature of Clusters and Virtual Machines from a vCenter installation.

The concept of the vCenter drivers is akin to the hybrid cloud approach in the sense that OpenNebula will delegate a number of aspects to vCenter, instead of pursuing the management of almost every aspect as it traditionally does with the three supported hypervisors, XEN, KVM and VMware ESX. These aspects are the storage management, scheduling among ESX hosts -both of which are left to VMware DRS component, although the OpenNebula scheduler still choses the vCenter cluster where the VM should be instantiated in- and network management. OpenNebula will use pre defined Virtual Machine Templates existing in the vCenter set up to launch Virtual Machines, very much like it does in its hybrid drivers to access Amazon EC2, IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft Azure, although offering much more features like for instance VNC support and more lifecycle actions supported (in fact, all of them except migrate).

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OpenNebula vCenter Integration Architecture

This upcoming OpenNebula integration will leverage vCenter advanced features such as vMotion, HA or DRS scheduling provided by the VMware vSphere product family. On top of it, OpenNebula will expose a multi-tenant, cloud-like provisioning layer, offering virtual data centers, datacenter federation or hybrid cloud computing to connect in-house vCenter infrastructures with public clouds. In this manner, adopters will take a definitive step toward liberating their stack from vendor lock-in.

 The Technical View 

The VMware vCenter drivers enable OpenNebula to access one or more vCenter servers that manages one or more ESX Clusters. Each ESX Cluster is presented in OpenNebula as an aggregated hypervisor, i.e. as an OpenNebula host. Note that OpenNebula scheduling decisions are therefore made at ESX Cluster level, vCenter then uses the DRS component to select the actual ESX host and Datastore to deploy the Virtual Machine.

As the above figure shows, OpenNebula components see two hosts where each represents a cluster in a vCenter. You can further group these hosts into OpenNebula clusters to build complex resource providers for your user groups and virtual data centers in OpenNebula.

Virtual Machines are deployed from vCenter VM Templates. There is a one-to-one relationship between each VMware VM Template and the equivalent OpenNebula Template. Users will then instantiate the OpenNebula Templates where you can easily build from any provisioning strategy (e.g. access control, quota…). Therefore there is no need to convert your current Virtual Machines or import/export them through any process; once ready just save them as VM Templates in vCenter. After a VM Template is cloned and booted into a vCenter Cluster it can access VMware advanced features and it can be managed through the OpenNebula provisioning portal or through vCenter (e.g. to move the VM to another datastore or migrate it to another ESX). OpenNebula will poll vCenter to detect these changes and update its internal representation accordingly.

Check out the following screencast to see how easy it is to import an existing vCenter infrastructure into OpenNebula (use full screen and the higher resolution settings for optimal view).

 The Enterprise View

These drivers are oriented to companies willing to keep VMware management tools, procedures and workflows. For these companies, throwing away VMware and retooling the entire stack is not the answer. However, as they consider moving beyond virtualization toward private cloud computing, they can choose to either invest more in VMware, or proceed on a strategically rewarding path of open.


So stay tuned for the upcoming OpenNebula 4.10 for a new standard for easiness, efficiency and robustness in the cloud computing paradigm.

OpenNebula Newsletter – September 2014

We want to let you know about what we are up to with the main news from the last month regarding the OpenNebula project, including what you can expect in the following months.

Technology

The OpenNebula Team is working full steam ahead towards the 4.10 version, in order to improve features launched in Lemon Slice and include some new ones of its own.

Probably the most important novelty would be complete integration with VMware vCenter. OpenNebula 4.10 will be able to interact with a farm of ESX servers without contacting them individually, but rather through their associated vCenter. This has been requested many times, specially from corporate institutions where security and simplicity of management is a must have. This feature is still on the works, but it already have some killer characteristics like clusters and VM template automatic import from an existing vCenter set up with no downtime!

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Other aspects we are polishing is the network subsystem, with security improvements made to reservations and VNETs and the authorization subsystem -it will be possible to create short lived tokens to login into OpenNebula-. We would like to thank BlackBerry for their support funding these features. Moreover, a myriad of bugs are being addressed to make the upcoming 4.10 release rock solid. You can check the list of targeted bugs and desired features tackled for OpenNebula 4.10 in the development portal.

This last month the OpenNebula Team released a new version of the AppMarket, compatible with OpenNebula 4.8 that also solves issues reported by the community.

Community

More than 2,000 users took part of the project’s last survey. Thanks to all the people that provided this valuable feedback, this information is key to keep improving your favourite CMP.

The survey shows some interesting facts, for instance that OpenNebula has been downloaded more than 200,000 times from the project site. Also, that most of the installations are to build private clouds as well as (and we take huge pride in this), more than half are used to run production workloads. We are really happy with so many people trusting their sensitive data and computations to OpenNebula! There are lots of good information about how the OpenNebula cloud world is shaped, take a look and let us know if you have any hindsights or you want to comment about it.

Autumn is here, and it shows as more and more people stays indoors and occasionally praise OpenNebula. Also, they go out and talk about integrations, like for instance this talk about OpenNebula and Puppet, killer combination. Our friend Carlo Daffara keeps pushing OpenNebula to its limits, and we are extremely grateful for that, as well as for the comparison with other CMPs.

Are you Perl savvy? Check out this perl library to access OpenNebula RPC interface!

Outreach

This year’s OpenNebula Conference, to be held in Berlin 2-4 of December, 2014 is approaching fast. The final agenda is now available at the conference page. This years will offer the chance to learn how folks from PuppetLabs, E-Post, Deloitte and many other companies are using OpenNebula. Moreover, check out the venue for the evening event, lush isn’t it?. If you want to repeat or find out how it is for yourself, save the date and register!.

Moreover, if you are interested in reaching a wide cloud audience, check the sponsorship opportunities for the OpenNebula Conference 2014.

You may be interested in how the jointly OpenNebula TechDay held last month went in Timisoara, Romania, a great success with a great audience!.

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Our project director went to give a talk on OpenNebula and it’s benefits for SMEs on Extremadura, a region of Spain traditionally very friendly towards open source. We would like to thank CENATIC for inviting us!

We have upcoming TechDays in future months, if you are interested in OpenNebula you can check the project page. The next TechDay would be held in beautiful Santiago de Compostela, with local government and scientific computer science institution giving talks about their use of OpenNebula.

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

OpenNebula TechDay / CentOS Dojo in Timisoara on 26-27 September 2014

The next OpenNebula TechDay will be a joint event with CentOS Dojo to be held in Timisoara (Romania) on the 26th and 27th of September. The event will start on the 26th at 15:00 with a OpenNebula on CentOS Hands-on tutorial and will continue on the 27th with a CentOS Dojo that will include presentations by OpenNebula users and experts.

Notice that you have two different registrations, one for the OpenNebula Hands-on Tutorial on the 26th and other for the CentOS Dojo on the 27h.

The event will be hosted by cloudbase  and UnifiedPost, a big thanks to making the OpenNebula Tech Day possible. We hope see you there!