OpenNebula Newsletter – July 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter, with latest developments, events and future plans for the upcoming months from the OpenNebula project. Read this newsletter to keep up to date with your favourite Cloud Management Platform.

The OpenNebulaConf 2016 will be held in Barcelona on the 24-26 of October. The final agenda has already been published, take a look at the interesting keynotes from industry leaders. You also might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities. If you are willing to attend, the early bird will be available until 15th of September.

Technology

The team is placidly sitting on the beach, sipping on a piña colada…. no is not! The OpenNebula project is always at it, fixing bugs, fine tuning the software so the user experience comes closer to perfection (or so we like to think). It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that 5.0.2 was just released, smoothing some rough around the edges introduced with all the huge list of changes introduced in 5.0 Wizard. This new maintenance release came, among others, with the following bug fixes and minor enhancements:

  • Assign IP address to PCI-passthrough devices
  • Modify cardinality of VR HA
  • New HA guide for Ubuntu
  • Groupadmin view for vCenter fixed to create new VMs
  • Tie CPU and VCPU in vCenter Cloud View
  • Enhanced searches in Sunstone
  • Implement oneuser login (login token) in Sunstone
  • VM modals fixed in Cloud View
  • Cluster ID automatic requirements now admits more than one cluster ID
  • Resize for Virtual Router disks as well as cardinality modification
  • Block password change for public users
  • Fix for several storage issues: DS monitor, vCenter upload among others
  • Fix for label display issues in Firefox

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Community

It seems like the community is also forgetting about the beach and just working hard! Well, may some of them are on the beach … and who can blame them?

In any case, valuable contributions are being made to the OpenNebula ecosystem. The OpenNebula WHCMS and Blesta modules by CubeData is a long time favorite, especially among users of OpenNebula in the hosting business, namely being able to integrate OpenNebula with a billing platform.

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 will take place 24 to 26 of October. The final agenda has already been published, take a look at the interesting keynotes from industry leaders, and to the different community sessions sharing OpenNebula experiences, and the workshops designed to learn about different OpenNebula aspects. If you are willing to attend, the early bird will be available until 15th of September. Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool and LINBIT as Platinum Sponsors, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsors and Terradue and Todo En Cloud as Silver Sponsors. If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).

Besides the TechDays already celebrated (in Kuala Lumpur, Sofia, Madrid, Dallas, TorontoCambridge, Ede, Nuremberg), this last month members of the OpenNebula team participated in a TechDay in Dublin, with an excellent turnout and very interesting talks, like the one by Stuart Kenny telling us how they use OpenNebula in the digital repository of Ireland, or John Walsh showing how they use OpenNebula at SCSS.
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Our friends at Netways also help greatly in spreading the work, kudos!. Like this presentation about OpenNebula and Foreman in the Foreman Birthday event.

Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

  • VMworld 2016 US, August 28 – September 1, Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center), Nevada, US.
  • VMworld 2016 Europe, October 17 – 20, Barcelona (Fira Barcelona Gran Via), Spain.

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 5.0.2 ‘Wizard’ Released!

A new maintenance release of the OpenNebula 5.x Wizard series, 5.0.2, has been released and is available for download.

New functionality for 5.0.2 has been introduced:

Specifically for 5.0.2, the following issues has been solved:

Relevant Links

OpenNebula Newsletter – June 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter, with latest developments, events and future plans for the upcoming months from the OpenNebula project. Read this newsletter to keep up to date with your favorite Cloud Management Platform.
The OpenNebulaConf 2016 will be held in Barcelona on the 24-26 of October. The preliminary agenda has already been published, the final version will soon be available. You might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities. Check out the list of upcoming OpenNebula TechDays to see if there is one on your doorstep that you cannot miss.

Technology

The first stable release of OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard has been published. The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of the first stable release of OpenNebula 5.0 ‘Wizard’. This major update comes with several improvements in different subsystems and components, with minimal changes in the API and the VM life-cycle states, which embodies long overdue changes but implemented to minimize the impact and ensure backwards compatibility as far as possible.

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Also, a new maintenance release 5.0.1 fixing bugs reported by the community has also been published this month, fixing fix Ceph pool names, VM Template update wizard, oned crashes when a context variable contains a filter, PCI element in KVM deployment file, better checks for IPv4 strings, wrong attach disk in vCenter, VM instantiate when NIC contains a fixed IP, migration for STOPPED and UNDEPLOYED states and the apptemplate generation. We would like to thanks all members of the community that contributed hugely with their evaluation of the beta, RC and final stable version and provided feedback on it.
Based on 5.0 Wizard, also a new release of vOneCloud, 2.0, is available for download. vOneCloud is an OpenNebula distribution optimized to work on small VMware vCenter deployments. This new release of the appliance, based on a tailored version of OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard to ease the provisioning of resources from vSphere based infrastructures, comes packed with exciting new features:

  • Datastore and VMDK image management, as well as import.
  • New Virtual Router Resource, to allow routing between isolated virtual networks.
  • More flexible vCenter VM naming, with a configurable prefix.
  • New resource pool mode, with the ability to select in which resource pool a particular VM is confined.
  • New OneFlow templates operations, like the ability to clone existing service templates.
  • Keep disks on done, to avoid deleting disks when the VM is terminated.
  • Instantiate to persistent, to easily create a rich VM Template catalog.
  • Dynamic VM reconfiguration, that can be performed while the VM is running or powered off.

Community

We cannot emphasise this enough. The OpenNebula community is continuously contributing to the OpenNebula maturity and success, and we would like to thank you all for your excellent feedback on the several betas and RC of 5.0 Wizard.
Also, the amazing job of the different translators has enabled the availability of the Sunstone web interface to 20 different languages. Kudos to you!
The community shows its engagement in integrations like this one between OpenNebula and the Happy module by EOLE team, GO bindings for the OpenNebula Cloud API (OCA) by Megam and OpenNebula and Foreman by Netways. This enriches the OpenNebula ecosystem and shows its health, thanks!
Also important is to spread the word, with initiatives like users groups and local meetups and workshops. Also welcome are reviews in blogs, like this one about vOneCloud 2.0 (In French), or this excellently crafted post on OpenNebula and Docker Swarm with consul.
And, as usual, is very good to be reminded about nice things, like for instance the amount of years we’ve been working to make OpenNebula a mature product that you can find today.

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 will take place 24 to 26 of October. The preliminary agenda has already been published, the final version will soon be available. If you are willing to attend, the early bird will be available until 15th of July. Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool and LINBIT as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsor and Terradue and Todo En Cloud as Silver Sponsor.
If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).
OpenNebula participated in the OpenExpo at Madrid, an event to promote and evaluate solutions and tendencies in the FLOSS industry. Members of the OpenNebula teams gave talks about the project and interesting integrations like Docker.

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OpenNebula also participated in the DINSIC meeting, where a work group decides which open source technologies they recommend for public french ministers. It is an honor to be there!
Check out the projected OpenNebula TechDays for this year in case one is close to your location. If you are interested in participating in (or hosting) any of these TechDays agenda let us know. Besides the TechDays already celebrated (in Kuala Lumpur, Sofia, Madrid, Dallas, Toronto and Cambridge, Ede, Nuremberg), this year members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in a TechDay in Dublin. Stay tuned, there may be more in your doorstep to come!
The Nuremberg was celebrated this past month, with participation of Netways and e-Post sharing their experiences in OpenNebula

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Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

  • VMworld 2016 US, August 28 – September 1, Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center), Nevada, US.
  • VMworld 2016 Europe, October 17 – 20, Barcelona (Fira Barcelona Gran Via), Spain.

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.

vOneCloud 2.0 Released! Turn your VMware into a Cloud

We want to let you know that OpenNebula Systems has just announced the availability of vOneCloud version 2.0.

This new release of the appliance, based on a tailored version of OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard to ease the provisioning of resources from vSphere based infrastructures, comes packed with exciting new features. Coming from functionality present in 5.0 we found:

  • Datastore and VMDK image management, as well as import.
  • New Virtual Router Resource, to allow routing between isolated virtual networks.
  • More flexible vCenter VM naming, with a configurable prefix.
  • New resource pool mode, with the ability to select in which resource pool a particular VM is confined.
  • New OneFlow templates operations, like the ability to clone existing service templates.
  • Keep disks on done, to avoid deleting disks when the VM is terminated.
  • Instantiate to persistent, to easily create a rich VM Template catalog.
  • Dynamic VM reconfiguration, that can be performed while the VM is running or powered off.
  • Share resources between logical clusters, like Virtual Networks and Datastores.

The above features and components add to the already present ability to expose a multi-tenant cloud-like provisioning layer through the use of virtual data centers and self-service portal. vOneCloud seamlessly integrates with running vCenter virtualised infrastructures, leveraging advanced features such as vMotion, HA or DRS scheduling provided by the VMware vSphere product family. If you are building a large-scale cloud, are interested in the federation of multiple cloud instances, hybrid deployments, or want to integrate with third party components, customize the product or manage open source hypervisors, we recommend an installation of OpenNebula.

vOneCloud is zero intrusive (although it fully manages the life cycle of VMs), try it out without the need to commit to it. If you don’t like it (as strange at that may be!) you can just remove the appliance.

OpenNebula Systems will run a booth at VMworld 2016 US in Las Vegas on August 28-31 and VMworld 2016 EU in Barcelona on October 17-20 where they will demo the new version.

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OpenNebula 5.0.1 ‘Wizard’ Released!

A new maintenance release of the OpenNebula 5.x Wizard series, 5.0.1, has been released and is available for download.

This release comes with the following bug fixes:

The OpenNebula team would like to thanks all members of the community that contributed hugely with their evaluation of the beta, RC and final stable version and provided feedback on it. You are the reason why OpenNebula rocks, and of course you rock as well!

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OpenNebula 5.0 ‘Wizard’ is Out!

The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of the first stable release of OpenNebula 5.0 ‘Wizard’. This major update comes with several improvements in different subsystems and components, with minimal changes in the API and the VM life-cycle states, which embodies long overdue changes but implemented to minimize the impact and ensure backwards compatibility as far as possible.

A myriad of outstanding new features make their debut in Wizard. Sunstone never stops evolving, and this is the look and feel the team is most proud of to date.

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Since sharing, provisioning and consuming cloud images is one of the main concerns when using Cloud, one of the most important new features is the new revamped Marketplaces. They can be seen as external datastores, where images can be easily imported, exported and shared by a federation of OpenNebula instances.

Check the following screencast to see an overview of the revamped interface present in OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard.

Native support for Virtual Routers is also great news in 5.0. Virtual Routers are an OpenNebula resource that provide routing across virtual networks. The routing itself is implemented with a VM appliance provided by the OpenNebula installation, which can be seamlessly deployed in high availability mode. This functionality is available for the VDC administrator, which can then join together virtual networks within her VDC.

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For large scale deployments, a long overdue feature is the ability to group resources using labels, which is now present in Wizard’s Sunstone. This new feature will enable the possibility to group the different resources under a given label and filter them in the admin and cloud views.

For vCenter-based OpenNebula clouds, 5.0 is good news! Support for vCenter storage resources like Datastores and VMDKs enable a wealth of new functionality, like for instance VMDK upload, cloning and deleting, VM disk hotplug, choose Datastore for newly launched VMs and many more. Also, support for resource pools comes in this new major update, as well as the ability to instantiate to persistent (also available for KVM), all packed in an optimized driver.

There are many other improvements in 5.0, a few highlights follows. Check the full list of changes in the development portal.

  • Dynamic context regeneration
  • New host offline mode
  • Cluster resource sharing
  • VM configuration update
  • Renamed VM life-cycle
  • Support for DB change
  • Improved KVM, vCenter, and datastore monitoring
  • Better VNC port number assignment
  • Dynamic security groups
  • Updated instance types for the supported public clouds
  • Improved LVM drivers
  • Enabling use of Ceph without a shared filesystem for system datastore
  • A humongous number of improvements in all areas and dialogs in Sunstone
  • Enhanced OneGate component to report application metrics
  • As usual, great effort was put in this release to help build and maintain robust private, hybrid and public clouds with OpenNebula, fixing reported bugs and improving general usability

This OpenNebula release is named after NGC 7380 (also known as the Wizard Nebula), an open cluster also known as 142 in the 1959 Sharpless catalog (Sh2-142). This reasonably large nebula is located in Cepheus. It is extremely difficult to observe visually, usually requiring very dark skies and an O-III filter.

OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard is considered to be a stable release and as such, and update is available in production environments.

The OpenNebula project would like to thank 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.

Virtual Routers functionality was funded by Unity in the context of the Fund a Feature Program. Host offline mode, Marketplace, cluster resource sharing and Ceph as system datastore functionalities were funded by BlackBerry in the context of the Fund a Feature Program.

Supporting Quotes

“OpenNebula has been growing with our needs for private cloud management and with version 5.0 some very essential features like Virtual Routers, dynamic security groups, redesign on the way networks are defined, and much more are added. All of which enables us to scale
our private cloud even more.”
— Karsten Nielsen – Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations at Unity

“OpenNebula, being a lightweight enterprise ready open-source cloud management orchestrator, has taken our global private cloud to the next level and is fundamental into our continuous innovation and customer satisfaction. By upgrading to OpenNebula 5.0 we’ll be bringing in over 100 new features, particularly the redesigned Marketplace along with the enhanced storage drivers crucial for a faster delivery platform.”
— Khoder Shamy – Sr. Infrastructure Architect at Fuze

“We at Runtastic love the flexibility and simplicity of Opennebula. We don’t need to be experts on the topic, it simply works and does what it should. Now we are looking forward to using the new features of the upcoming Opennebula 5.0, specially using Ceph as a system datastore will ease usage and maintenance even more! Thx for the work guys!.”
— Armin Deliomini – Infrastructure Architect at Runtastic

“OpenNebula proved to be very handy to start from scratch, allowing us to reach a “cloud ready” status almost in a blink of an eye. Straightforward to deploy and to maintain, easy to customise and to tailor to our needs. After providing our customers with thousands of VMs by means of the ONE 4.x series, we’re looking forward to the new 5.0 release. The usual stability and smoothness in an up-to-date version of the cloud middleware we rely on.”
— Dr. Helmut Heller – Head of the Distributed Resources Group at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre

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OpenNebulaConf 2016: Agenda and Call for Speakers

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As you may already know, this year OpenNebulaConf is taking place in Barcelona again, on October 24-26.  If you are willing to attend and can save now the date you can take advantage of a 40% discount in your Conf tickets until mid July.

Guided by your feedback from previous editions, we have changed the traditional format of our conference this year and have included more community sessions to learn and network. We have just published a preliminary agenda with the main sessions.

Tutorials

There will be three pre-conference tutorials in the afternoon of October 24th:

  • OpenNebula Introductory Tutorial
  • OpenNebula Advanced Tutorial
  • Invited Tutorials (to be announced)

Keynotes

During the conference, we will have four keynotes. In a few days we will announce our impressive line-up of keynote speakers.

Community Sessions => CALL FOR SPEAKERS!

The Conference includes several community sessions:

OpenNebula User Workshops with presentations by community members describing aspects related to their use of OpenNebula:

  • Research projects
  • User experiences
  • Case studies
  • Best practices
  • Any other topics that you feel are relevant to users, administrators, and architects

Hands-on Workshops with presentations by community members related to storage, hypervisors, networking, federation and security with OpenNebula:

  • Deployment scenarios
  • Integration
  • Tuning & debugging
  • Best practices
  • Any other topics that you feel are relevant to developers and integrators

The Call for Speakers is open until June 24th, 2016. Speakers will receive a 50% discount in their registration to the conference.

If you want to get an idea of the past OpenNebulaConf sessions, including talks from companies such as CentOS, Runtastic, Puppet Labs, Cloudweavers, RedHat, Produban, Unity, Deutsche Post, please check our Youtube channel or download the presentations from our SlideShare account.

The agenda also includes new sessions to Meet the Experts, aimed at providing an informal atmosphere where delegates can interact with experts who will give their undivided attention for knowledge, insight and networking.

Sponsorship Opportunities => CALL FOR SPONSORS!

You can learn about the different sponsorship opportunities at the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsor and Terradue as Silver Sponsor.

And last, but not least, do not forget the main reason that allows these conferences to exist! Check out our evening events in prime locations of Barcelona, the city that never sleeps.

OpenNebula Newsletter – May 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter, with latest developments, events and future plans for the upcoming months from the OpenNebula project. Read this newsletter to keep up to date with your favourite Cloud Management Platform.
There are new dates for the OpenNebulaConf 2016, now it starts one day before, October 24-26, in Barcelona. You might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities. Final touches are being given to the agenda, which will be published soon. The very early bird registration has been extended until 15th of June. Also, check out the list of upcoming OpenNebula TechDays to see if there is one on your doorstep that you cannot miss.

Technology

OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard is around the corner! With the Beta version released recently, the team is baking a release candidate, and is planning a final stable Wizard release for mid June. Wizard is in feature freeze, and the effort is focused on solving bugs. We appreciate your feedback if you have the time to try out the Beta version!
This are the highlighted gems that you can find in Wizard:

  • revamped Marketplace, now a first class citizen in OpenNebula, to import/export images to and from any datastore (including the new vCenter datastores)
  •  vCenter storage management, including datastore selection, disk hotplug, vmdk creation, cloning and deletion; and full integration with the new Marketplace functionality. Also, vCenter resource pool selection for deployed VMs will be possible.
  •  fully integrated virtual router management (including default and transparent HA for routers). Link virtual networks together using a robust HA router, that will come out of the box in OpenNebula
  •  revisited Sunstone style and interface changes (sneak peek), including an extension of the Cloud View available operations, to iron out the wrinkles in the user experience
  •  instantiate to persistent! Do not lose your VM changes, OpenNebula will create a new VM Template and preserver the disks of a VM, even if they are non-persistent.

Check the full list of feature in the development portal.

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A great effort has been put in the new documentation. The new documentation focus on the cloud architects, admins and end users, and extra care has been taken in separating the different technologies supported by OpenNebula.
OpenNebula needs you! We are looking for translators for Sunstone. If you are a native speaker of any language other than english, we would appreciate your effort in making OpenNebula more widely adopted. It is very easy: the existing translations can be updated and new translations submitted through our project site at Transifex

Community

Members of the community has been as helpful as always. Contributing in different ways, you are the reason why OpenNebula is such a useful project.
Devuan folks have contributed a 1.0 Devuan image to the OpenNebula marketplace. Now you can try Devuan in your OpenNebula cloud, it is just a few clicks away!.
Keeping the morale high is really important, especially in hard development times such as this one (5.0 is getting this much love!). That is why getting this kind of feedback is so important, it is the fuel that keeps us going.

New Sunstone layout in @opennebula look awesome

And it is good to know that Wizard is appealing not only visually, but also feature-wise.

@opennebula beta One 4.9 replace HW router #VyOS & #OpenvSwitch, truly awesome stuff

As with translation, having material in your own language about a technology is very important to reach everyone that may be interested in it. That is why efforts like this one (in Spanish) are very, very welcome.
As usual, we want to give the thumbs up to the community for their active involvement in the OpenNebula forum, specially helping newcomers. This is very important for the adoption of the project.

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 has been rescheduled to start one day before, from 24 to 26 of October. If you are willing to attend and can save now the date you can take advantage of a 40% discount in your Conf tickets until mid June. Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsor and Terradue as Silver Sponsor. If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).
OpenNebula will be sponsoring this 2nd of June the OpenExpo in Madrid, an event to promote and evaluate solutions and tendencies in the FLOSS industry. OpenNebula will have a booth in which members of the project will be presenting the new features available in the upcoming release, 5.0 Wizard; as well as give two talks about the OpenNebula technology.
Check out the projected OpenNebula TechDays for this year in case one is close to your location. If you are interested in participating in (or hosting) any of these TechDays agenda let us know. Besides the TechDays already celebrated (in Kuala Lumpur, Sofia, Madrid, Dallas, Toronto and Cambridge, Ede), this year members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in TechDays the following locations: Nuremberg and Dublin.
The EDE OpenNebula TechDay was a total success. Attendees learned how people from Fujitsu and the Dutch National Archive build their infrastructure, and people from Ceph explained how their technology work.

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Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

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 5.0 ‘Wizard’ Beta Released!

The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of OpenNebula 5.0 ‘Wizard’ Beta. This major update comes with several improvements in different subsystems and components, with minimal changes in the API and the VM life-cycle states, which embodies long overdue changes but implemented to minimize the impact and ensure backwards compatibility as far as possible.

A myriad of outstanding new features make their debut in Wizard. Sunstone never stops evolving, and this is the look and feel the team is most proud of to date.

admin_view

Since sharing, provisioning and consuming cloud images is one of the main concerns when using Cloud, one of the most important new features is the new revamped Marketplaces. They can be seen as external datastores, where images can be easily imported, exported and shared by a federation of OpenNebula instances.

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Native support for Virtual Routers is also great news in 5.0. Virtual Routers are an OpenNebula resource that provide routing across virtual networks. The routing itself is implemented with a VM appliance provided by the OpenNebula installation, which can be seamlessly deployed in high availability mode. This functionality is available for the VDC administrator, which can then join together virtual networks within her VDC.

sunstone_topology

For large scale deployments, a long overdue feature is the ability to group resources using labels, which is now present in Wizard’s Sunstone. This new feature will enable the possibility to group the different resources under a given label and filter them in the admin and cloud views.

For vCenter-based OpenNebula clouds, 5.0 is good news! Support for vCenter storage resources like Datastores and VMDKs enable a wealth of new functionality, like for instance VMDK upload, cloning and deleting, VM disk hotplug, choose Datastore for newly launched VMs and many more. Also, support for resource pools comes in this new major update, as well as the ability to instantiate to persistent (also available for KVM), all packed in an optimized driver.

There are many other improvements in 5.0 like dynamic context regeneration, new host offline mode, cluster resource sharing, VM configuration update, renamed VM life-cycle, support for DB change, improved KVM, vCenter, and datastore monitoring, better VNC port number assignment, dynamic security groups (this is a very nice to have!), support for qemu guest agent, improved VM life-cycle naming and operations, updated instance types for the supported public clouds, improved LVM drivers, enabling use of Ceph without a shared filesystem for system datastore, a humongous number of improvements in all areas and dialogs in Sunstone, enhanced OneGate component to report application metrics, and much much more. Also, and as usual, great effort was put in this release to help build and maintain robust private, hybrid and public clouds with OpenNebula, fixing reported bugs and improving general usability. Check the full list of changes in the development portal.

This OpenNebula release is named after NGC 7380 (also known as the Wizard Nebula), an open cluster also known as 142 in the 1959 Sharpless catalog (Sh2-142). This reasonably large nebula is located in Cepheus. It is extremely difficult to observe visually, usually requiring very dark skies and an O-III filter.

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, hence not suitable for production environments. Feedback is more than welcome for the final release.

The OpenNebula project would like to thank 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.

Virtual Routers functionality was funded by Unity in the context of the Fund a Feature Program. Host offline mode, Marketplace, cluster resource sharing and Ceph as system datastore functionalities were funded by BlackBerry in the context of the Fund a Feature Program.

Relevant Links

OpenNebula Newsletter – April 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter, with latest developments, events and future plans for the upcoming months from the OpenNebula project. Read this newsletter to keep up to date with your favorite Cloud Management Platform.

Important! There are new dates for the OpenNebulaConf 2016, now it starts one day before, October 24-26. You might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities.

Technology

Spring is slowly fading into summer (at least in the north hemisphere, that is), and meanwhile we are slowly (but hectically, make no mistake) cooking OpenNebula 5.0 to deliver a new release of the state of the art cloud management platform that you cherish.
Most seek after features are ready and now undergoing the relentless certification process:

  • revamped Marketplace, now a first class citizen in OpenNebula, to import/export images to and from any datastore (including the new vCenter datastores)
  • vCenter storage management, including datastore selection, disk hotplug, vmdk creation, cloning and deletion; and full integration with the new Marketplace functionality. Also, vCenter resource pool selection for deployed VMs will be possible
  • fully integrated virtual router management (including default and transparent HA for routers). Link virtual networks together using a robust HA router, that will come out of the box in OpenNebula
  • revisited Sunstone style and interface changes (sneak peek), including an extension of the Cloud View available operations, to iron out the wrinkles in the user experience
  • instantiate to persistent! Do not lose your VM changes, OpenNebula will create a new VM Template and preserver the disks of a VM, even if they are non-persistent

Check the full list of feature in the development portal.

Take a look at the sneak peak of the new Sunstone layout, do you like it? Let us know!

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Community

Let’s see what’ve been brewing in our amazing community this past month.

Our friends at LINBIT have published an excellent blog post describing the new DRBD manage add-on for OpenNebula to achieve High Availability in the storage backend. Very interesting, keep up the good work!

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CipherSpace have contributed an awesome blog post describing their experiences adapting OpenNebula to their needs to serve their customers. In particular, it is very interesting the extensions to build Private Virtual Datacenters. A must read!

With the flexibility provided by the OpenNebula platform, we were able to create a valuably different solution in the PvDC model with nearly all our effort in the conceptual development of what we wanted to offer and the testing of small adaptations of OpenNebula

Other contributions are also welcome! For instance this extension to the EC2 server authorization, a Devuan (for those init lovers!) OpenNebula ready image in the marketplace and also a new CoreOS image also in the marketplace. Also interesting this automated way of deploying OpenNebula in HA.
We want to thank the community for their active involvement in the OpenNebula forum. Helps for helping the newcomers and having such a good vibe!

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 has been rescheduled to start one day before, from 24 to 26 of October. If you are willing to attend and can save now the date you can take advantage of a 40% discount in your Conf tickets. After the Conf’s first sponsor, StorPool, NodeWeaver also is going to participate as a Gold sponsor. Welcome! Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).

Check out the projected OpenNebula TechDays for this year in case one is close to your location. This past month three TechDays were held in North America, in particular in Dallas, Toronto and Cambridge. Check out the TechDay web pages for the slides. We want to thank you the sponsors that made possible these TechDays and also the attendees. We hope they were productive, we certainly received valuable feedback that will help us shape the future roadmap of the project.
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If you are interested in participating in (or hosting) any of these TechDays agenda let us know. Besides the TechDays already celebrated (in Kuala Lumpur, Sofia, Madrid, Dallas, Toronto and Cambridge), this year members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in TechDays the following locations: Ede, Nuremberg and Dublin.
Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

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.