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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.

Zendesk Support

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!

vCenter Create Host dialog

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!

 

 

Sponsorship Opportunities for OpenNebulaConf 2014

Last year, we launched the very first OpenNebula Conf in Berlin Germany. At our debut, we could welcome an international audience of people from 12 different countries, had experts from companies like BBC, the European Space Agency (ESA) or Centos and could offer three fully packed days of tutorials, workshops and talks about OpenNebula to our guests.

This year, the OpenNebula Conf will take place again at the cosmopolitan city of Berlin and we would like you to be part of it!

Alongside with our partner LINUX Magazine, covering the events international media marketing, we want you to be part of our team of sponsors and profit from OpenNebula Conf’s popularity as a supporter of the event.

What you should know about OpenNebula Conf

  • This year’s OpenNebula Conf will take place from December 2nd to 4th in Berlin Germany.
  • The program features Open Source Cloud experts from companies such as runtastic, Puppet Labs, Fermilab, Cloudweavers, RedHat, Deutsche Post and many more
  • The international attendees are open source interested and known as a highly networked target group which acts as a multiplier.

What you will get

Platinum Sponsorship – 5000€

  • Logo and description in sponsoring area (including link to website)
  • Social media coverage
  • Platinum-Sponsor branding during the conference (on print materials and and the event’s website)
  • Table with power-supply in the lobby
  • 5 minute introduction in front of a keynote talk
  • Company logo on every recorded talk
  • Your flyer in every conference bag given to attendees
  • 2 free Gold conference packages (incl. accommodation)
  • 25% discount on any additional ticket

Gold Sponsorship – 2500€

  • Logo and description in sponsoring area (including link to website)
  • Social media coverage
  • Gold-Sponsor branding during the conference(on print materials and and the event’s website)
  • Your logo on every recorded talk (blaze abroad Youtube and other marketing channels)
  • Your flyer in every conference bag given to attendees
  • 1 free Gold conference package (incl. accommodation)
  • 20% discount on any additional ticket

Silver Sponsorship – 1000€

  • Logo and description in sponsoring area (including link to website)
  • Social media coverage
  • Silver-Sponsor branding during the conference (on print materials and the event’s website)
  • Your flyer in every conference bag given to attendees
  • 15% discount on any ticket you register

Get in touch with us

Do you have further questions? Have a look at the OpenNebula Conf web page or write us an email

OpenNebula Newsletter – August 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 have created a new user survey that will take you only 5 minutes to complete. As an open-source community, it is very important for us to have information about your deployment. Doing so you will have influence over the project and software direction, and will help us improve the support for most demanded infrastructure platforms and configurations.

Technology

This summer month of August has been the host for the new, shiny and latest release of OpenNebula: 4.8 Lemon Slice. Did you try it out? 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, give it a spin!

This new version of OpenNebula comes with several goodies that we would like to highlight. Sticking with our vision of bringing simplicity to cloud management, this release comes with improvements in the recently added Cloud View portal, now with the ability to control flows, as well with a new interface designed for Virtual Datacenter administrators (VDCAdmin View).

Another important addition happened in the domain of cloudbursting: support for two new public cloud providers (Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer) has been added, widening the range of possibilities to offload VMs in case the local infrastructure is saturated. Moreover, Virtual Networks underwent a thorough redesign, now their definition is no longer restricted to the fixed and ranged model, but rather they can include any combination of ranges to accommodate any address distribution. Dig in to see all the nuts and bolts!

“OpenNebula 4.8 is helping us fulfil one of the most important needs of our users: a simple and unified deployment cycle in all of our environments, including a transparent hybrid cloud integration with the main public cloud providers. I would like to thank C12G for their Fund a Feature program,” said Daniel Concepcion, IT Managing Director at Produban.

”By offering support for Microsoft Azure in OpenNebula 4.8, we’re further simplifying the developer experience across Microsoft’s private, public and hosted cloud platforms,” said Gianugo Rabellino, Senior Director of Open Source Communities at Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. “The Azure drivers in OpenNebula are certified to ensure compatibility, providing developers with a solution that will work now, and in the future.”

So now is time to stand back and let you ride the Lemon Slice, let us know how is doing. Meanwhile, we will be busy (as always!) carefully planning the roadmap for the next stable release (yes, we are relentless!). Curious on how we define the roadmap? Take a look at this page, where you can also find how to contribute to the list of features that will be tackled in this next release.

Community

Even for a traditionally quiet month as it is usually the case with August, the OpenNebula community hasn’t stop buzzing. It’s really nice to have you there folks.

A nice OpenNebula Cookbook for Chef was released by Vaamo. These recipes go a long way for deploying and setting up a cloud infrastructure based on OpenNebula.

It is worth also pointing out that OpenNebula scored 3rd in the Top IaaS Open Source projects, in a survey conducted by The New Stack and Linux.com, as presented recently in the CloudOpen in Chicago. We want to point out that, according to this, OpenNebula is also the 1st vendor-free IaaS Open Source project, as well as the 1st non-US project of its kind. Way to go OpenNebulers!

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It is also nice to become aware of more business powering their solutions with OpenNebula. And if they top it with an explanation of why they chose your favorite CMP, then kudos and let us wish all the best.

The community being great can also be deduced from excellent posts such as the one by AZNS, covering with great detail the datacenter federation capabilities of OpenNebula, including internal design, deployment recommendations and, overall, perfectly grasping the philosophy of this new feature.

Feedback from the community has started trickling. And seriously, we want to thank all of you for this, it is an essential part of the process that makes OpenNebula a mature technology as it is today. For instance, we love to be aware of any member of the community becomes aware of a new functionality (we blush!) , but, even more than this, we appreciate all the detailed bug reports done through any of the channels, being Twitter, the OpenNebula users mailing list and the development portal. Also, extensive testing and benchmarking as performed by key members of the community is more than welcome, keep it up!

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!.

Members of the OpenNebula team participated in August in a Centos Dojo in Cologne. Also, a Centos Dojo was held in Paris, and we also participated there. Check out what went on on those events.

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We have upcoming TechDays in future months, if you are interested in OpenNebula you can check the project page to find out if we are travelling somewhere near you: Timisoara, Barcelona, Chicago, Aveiro, Munich … and many more to come! As a bonus, both the Timisoara and Barcelona TechDays will be jointly held with the CentOS Dojo.

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 Newsletter – July 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. This month’s newsletter is slightly overdue because the team has been 100% dedicated to the release.

We have created a new user survey that will take you only 5 minutes to complete. As an open-source community, it is very important for us to have information about your deployment. Doing so you will have influence over the project and software direction, and will help us improve the support for most demanded infrastructure platforms and configurations.

Technology

This past month, the OpenNebula team had only one, well defined focus: a new stable release. After one beta version, the team is very proud of the release of OpenNebula 4.8, codenamed Lemon Slice. This release brings significant improvements in different aspects. Sticking with our vision of bringing simplicity to cloud management, this release comes with improvements in the recently added Cloud View portal, now with the ability to control flows, as well with a new interface designed for Virtual Datacenter administrators (VDCAdmin View).

The hybrid model has been one of the principal actors of Lemon Slice. Support for two new public cloud providers (Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer) have been added, widening the range of possibilities to offload VMs in case the local infrastructure is saturated. The hybrid model in OpenNebula enables a centralized management of both local and remote resources for the cloud administrator, and a transparent consumption of these resources by the end user. With these two new additions, OpenNebula is increasing the possibilities to build powerful, robust, cost and performance efficient cloud infrastructures across administrative domains and public cloud providers.

The OneFlow component also has been improved, specially OneGate, making sharing service information among VMs possible. Flows are now easier than ever to build and consume, since details like the virtual network the flow are going to use are defined later by the user, so the administrator doesn’t have to deal with all the possible combinations.

Moreover, Virtual Networks underwent a thorough redesign. Definition of virtual networks are no longer restricted to the fixed and ranged model, but rather they can include any combination of ranges to accommodate any address distribution. Moreover, end users can now reserve a range or IP addresses for their own use at a later time.

Finally, several improvements are scattered across every other OpenNebula component: improvements in quotas management, multi boot available through Sunstone, availability of Windows contextualization packages, new raw device mapping datastore, better Ceph drivers, possibility to clone images across datastores …. ladies and gentlemen, you are in for a treat.

Community

This month has been specially interesting for the movement in the OpenNebula community. Most noticeable, without doubt, is the announcement by two computer industry giants such as Microsoft and IBM of their collaboration with the OpenNebula project.

Microsoft announced in the OSCON 2014 their willingness to tightly collaborate with OpenNebula in order to build Microsoft Azure support within your favourite Cloud Management Platform.

On the other hand, IBM SoftLayer announced in their blog their support for extending OpenNebula hybrid model to be able to outsource VM workload to the SoftLayer cloud. Their interest comes from existing SoftLayer users that seek to complement their public cloud with in house private clouds run by OpenNebula:

Some of our largest customers have already begun using OpenNebula to manage their hybrid cloud environments, so official support for the SoftLayer cloud in OpenNebula is a huge benefit to them (and to us)

Needless to say, we are really excited about this collaborations: building hybrid clouds with OpenNebula is now richer and more powerful than ever.

The community is determined to make the OpenNebula team happy with these little pearls: OpenNebula 4.6.2 cloud running on ARM board of Android TV stick. We want to give a big thanks from here to Carlo Daffara and Vincent V.d. Kussen for their intensive testing, pushing OpenNebula to its limits. Appreciate that! We also appreciate mini tutorials to start using OpenNebula, like this one.

Special thanks are due to the Terradue folks for .NET API to the OpenNebula world. Also, it is very interesting the integration between OpenNebula and Bacula proposed by Rentalia.

Check out the comparative made by Bitergia in the OSCON about the OpenNebula project and its codebase, it is pretty interesting.

We want to thank the community for their feedback, which has proven to be a very important asset turning the beta 4.8 version into the stable Lemon Slice that has been just released. You are the real MVP!

Outreach

As usual, first things first, this year’s OpenNebula Conference will be held in Berlin as well, 2-4 of December, 2014. 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. If you want to repeat or find out how it is for yourself, save the date and register!

OpenNebula Project Director gave several seminars on cloud computing Berkeley and Stanford this last month. Also, members of the OpenNebula team participated in July in a Centos Dojo in Cologne.

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We have upcoming TechDays in future months, if you are interested in OpenNebula you can check the project page to find out if we are travelling somewhere near you: Timisoara, Barcelona, Chicago, Aveiro … and many more to come!!

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 4.8 Lemon Slice is Out!

The OpenNebula team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the final version of OpenNebula 4.8, codename Lemon SliceThis release brings significant improvements in different aspects. Sticking with our vision of bringing simplicity to cloud management, there are improvements in the recently added Cloud View portal, designed for end users. One significant advantage of the new portal is the ability to control flows, groups of interconnected Virtual Machines that conform a service. Based on this Cloud View, a Virtual Datacenter administrators view has been included (VDCAdmin View), which enables VDC admins to easily manage the VDC users and resources.

An important highlight in this release is the vast improvement made to the hybrid model. Support for two new public cloud providers has been added, widening the range of possibilities to offload VMs in case the local infrastructure is saturated. The hybrid model in OpenNebula enables a centralized management of both local and remote resources for the cloud administrator, and a transparent consumption of these resources for the end user. With these two new additions, namely support for Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer, OpenNebula is increasing the possibilities to build powerful, robust, cost and performance efficient cloud infrastructures across administrative domains and public cloud providers.

The OneFlow component also has been improved, specially OneGate, making sharing service information among VMs possible. Flows are now easier than ever to build and consume, since details like the virtual network the flow are going to use are defined later by the user, so the administrator doesn’t have to deal with all the possible combinations. Moreover, Virtual Networks underwent a thorough redesign. Definition of virtual networks are no longer restricted to the fixed and ranged model, but rather they can include any combination of ranges to accommodate any address distribution. Moreover, end users can now reserve a range or IP addresses for their own use at a later time.

Finally, several improvements are scattered across every other OpenNebula component: improvements in quotas management, multi boot available through Sunstone, availability of Windows contextualization packages, new raw device mapping datastore, better Ceph drivers, possibility to clone images across datastores …. ladies and gentlemen, you are in for a treat.

This is a stable release and so a recommended update. It incorporate important improvement since 4.6 and several bug fixes since 4.8 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. 

As usual OpenNebula releases are named after a Nebula. The Lemon Slice nebula (IC 3568)  is a planetary nebula that is 1.3 kiloparsecs (4500 ly) away from Earth in the constellation of Camelopardalis. It is a relatively young nebula and has a core diameter of only about 0.4 light years.

The new features for Cloud View and VDCAdmin View introduced in OpenNebula 4.8 were funded by Produban in the context of the Fund a Feature Program. The new feature that redefined virtual networks in OpenNebula 4.8 were funded by BlackBerry in the context of the Fund a Feature Program.

More information

OpenNebula Newsletter – June 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 have created a new user survey that will take you only 5 minutes to complete. As an open-source community, it is very important for us to have information about your deployment. Doing so you will have influence over the project and software direction, and will help us improve the support for most demanded infrastructure platforms and configurations.

Technology

OpenNebula 4.8 is steadily approaching the feature freeze phase, to start the certification process. The OpenNebula team is pretty serious about delivering a beta version of your favourite Cloud Management Platform in a couple of weeks!

This release will polish past features as well as address those left aside in OpenNebula 4.6 Carina. The main focus is twofold. On the one hand, OpenNebula 4.8 is going to address simplicity. OpenNebula is already by far in a unique position among its peers in simplicity: simple to install, simple to configure, simple to use. It is indeed one of the design principles behind OpenNebula, as explained in this post about the OpenNebula vision. The team is decided to keep this simplicity and to extend it. A good example of this is the extension of the Cloud Admin view, with support now for vDC administrators (see below a sneak peek), intended to make Virtual Datacenters easy to manage and consume. Check out the complete list of issues the team is working on for this upcoming release.

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On the other hand, OpenNebula 4.8 will bring an important improvement to the hybrid model. Aside from the possibility to outsource VMs to Amazon EC2, this new release will bring the ability to manage VMs in both IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft Azure. We are excited to be collaborating with these two great companies. You can check here the announcement in the SoftLayer blog of the integration, and here is the branch with the prototype integration. The same plan applies to Microsoft Azure, a partnership will be announced soon and a prototype’s code is already in the OpenNebula repository.

Also, and as part of our commitment with the latest stable version, OpenNebula 4.6.2 was released. This release comes with several bug fixes found after the latest release, the one worth highlighting being the security vulnerability in Sunstone. Thanks to Dennis Felsch and Mario Hei­de­rich from Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security, Ruhr-University Bochum for telling us about it. You should upgrade your installation to prevent unauthorised access.

Last, but by far not least, we wanted to point the benefits of running OpenNebula versus vCloud. So if you are evaluating both alternatives to manage your infrastructure, we are sure you will find this post an interesting read. In a nutshell, using OpenNebula leverages existing VMware infrastructure, protecting IT investments, and at the same time avoids future vendor lock-in, strengthening the negotiating position of the enterprise.

Community

Feedback from the community has proven to be critical, specially this last month thanks to the vulnerability discovered by folks at Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security, Ruhr-University Bochum. This feedback was crucial in releasing OpenNebula 4.6.2.

The community also excels at providing new and better ways to manage an OpenNebula cloud. This past month, a new plugin for Knife (a command-line tool that provides an interface between a local chef-repo and the Chef server) was released by our friends at Megam.

OpenNebula is proving steadily as a very good solution for hosting infrastructures. We traveled to Zagreb, Croatia, to be part of the presentation of the new OpenNebula cloud built by AVALON hosting. A fine press release with the CEO of Avalon, the IBM director of Croatia, and Microsoft MVPs, as well as members of the OpenNebula team. Also, folks from HostColor have announced this past month a new datacenter in Indiana running OpenNebula.

It is very important to keep the add-ons catalog up to date, that’s why we deeply appreciate keeping them working with the latest versions of OpenNebula, like David Macleod did this month with the Infiniband (SR-IOV devices) support.

It is very pleasing as well to see that OpenNebula goes a long way into cloud computing research. Guys at MIMOS, the Malaysian national R&D center, are basing their cloud infrastructure in OpenNebula, using Ceph as the storage backend.

We are very proud of the OpenNebula community, as well as very happy to see that is a very healthy and supportive one, as proven by it’s ever growing population.

Outreach

As usual, first things first, this year’s OpenNebula Conference will be held in Berlin as well, 2-4 of December, 2014. If you want to repeat or find out how it is for yourself, save the date! The Call for Papers and early registration prices are open until the 15th of July, don’t say we didn’t told you!

Last month we organised two successful OpenNebula TechDays in both US coasts. We had the chance to share new features of OpenNebula 4.6 with the attendees and have them build a fully working private cloud in just a matter of hours, as well as interesting talks, ranging from PaaS solutions based on OpenNebula: Megam – Cloud orchestrator for OpenNebula, open hardware initiatives which are a great match for OpenNebula: OCP Open Rack, the renowned distributed object-store: Ceph for Cloud and Virtualization environments and more use cases. We want to give a big thanks to the hosts: TransUnion|TLOxp and Hyve Solutions for their amazing hospitality, organization and making these events a success! Upcoming TechDays include Timisoara in September and Barcelona in October, and they will be collocated with the CentOS Dojo.

Check out the OpenNebula presentation given this last month by Martin Alfke in the Hamburg German Unix User Group. Moreover, if you are fluent in German, do not miss the The Foreman and OpenNebula webinar given by Netways. Moreover, do not miss the talk given by our Project Director at Berkeley Lab, on bringing bringing private clouds to HPC environments with OpenNebula.

Members of the OpenNebula team were also present in the GigaOM: Structure 2014 in San Francisco, as well as the HostingCon 2014 in Florida.

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.