vOneCloud 1.2.1 is Out!

A new version of vOneCloud, 1.2.1, has been released. This is an update to the previous stable version, 1.2, and it is an open release to the general public, meaning that you don’t need an active support subscription to access this upgrade.

This update is therefore available from the Control Panel with a single click. The Control Panel component will, behind the scenes:

  • Download the new vOneCloud packages
  • Install the new vOneCloud packages, keeping the existing configuration
  • Restart the OpenNebula service, with no downtime whatsoever to the currently running virtual machines

After the upgrade is performed, vOneCloud services would be up and running and updated to the latest version, which includes the following improvements:

  • Display logs in the Control Panel
  • Sunstone notifies the administrator user when there is a new release
  • Information of the newly available releases in the Control Panel
  • Better VLAN tagged Network handling in Sunstone

If you don’t have currently a running instance of vOneCloud, you can download an OVA with 1.2.1 already installed, you will need only to register in the vOneCloud support portal and visit this article.

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OpenNebula 4.12 Cotton Candy is Out!

The OpenNebula team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the final version of OpenNebula 4.12, codename Cotton Candy. This release ships with several improvements in different subsystems and components. For the first time, OpenNebula will be able to generate cost reports that can be integrated with chargeback and billing platforms, and also presented to both the administrators and the end users. Each VM Template defined by the Cloud administrator can define a cost per cpu and per memory per hour.

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Starting with Cotton Candy, Virtual Datacenters are a new kind of OpenNebula resource with its own ID, name, etc. and the term Resource Provider disappears. Making VDCs a separate resource has several advantages over the previous Group/VDC concept, since they can have one or more Groups added to them. This gives the Cloud Admin greater resource assignment flexibility.

In addition to the well known VNC support in Sunstone, OpenNebula 4.12 includes support to interact with Virtual Machines using the SPICE protocol. This feature can be enabled for any Virtual Machine just checking the option in the input/output section of the Template creation form.

Networking has been vastly improved in 4.12, with the addition of Security Groups, allowing administrators to define the firewall rules and apply them to the Virtual Machines. Also, Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) is a network virtualization technology aimed to solve large cloud deployments problems, encapsulating Ethernet frames within UDP packets, and thus solving the 4096 VLAN limit problem. Cotton Candy is fully capable of managing VXLANs using the linux kernel integration.

Important new features related to the newly introduced vCenter support are available in OpenNebula 4.12: the ability to import running VMs and networks, including the attach/detach NIC functionality, a new cloud view tailored for vCenter, VM contextualization support and reacquire VM Templates with their logo and description.

Finally, several improvements are scattered across every other OpenNebula component: the possibility to flush and disable a system datastore, improvements in Sunstone for better user workflow, and many other bugfixes that stabilized features introduced in Fox Fur.

As usual OpenNebula releases are named after a Nebula. The Cotton Candy Nebula (IRAS 17150-3224) is located in the constellation of Ara.

This is a stable release and so a recommended update. It incorporate important improvement since 4.10 and several bug fixes since 4.12 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.

Security Groups were funded by BlackBerry, and network extensions to the vCenter driver by Echelon, 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.

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OpenNebula 4.12 Beta released!

The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of OpenNebula 4.12 Beta (Cotton Candy). This release ships with several improvements in different subsystems and components. For the first time, OpenNebula will be able to generate cost reports that can be integrated with chargeback and billing platforms, and also presented to both the administrators and the end users. Each VM Template defined by the Cloud administrator can define a cost per cpu and per memory per hour.

vdcadmin_vdc_showback

Starting with Cotton Candy, Virtual Datacenters are a new kind of OpenNebula resource with its own ID, name, etc. and the term Resource Provider disappears. Making VDCs a separate resource has several advantages over the previous Group/VDC concept, since they can have one or more Groups added to them. This gives the Cloud Admin greater resource assignment flexibility.

In addition to the well known VNC support in Sunstone, OpenNebula 4.12 will include support to interact with Virtual Machines using the SPICE protocol. This feature can be enabled for any Virtual Machine just checking the option in the input/output section of the Template creation form.

Networking has been vastly improved in 4.12, with the addition of Security Groups, allowing administrators to define the firewall rules and apply them to the Virtual Machines. Also, Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) is a network virtualization technology aimed to solve large cloud deployments problems, encapsulating Ethernet frames within UDP packets, and thus solving the 4096 VLAN limit problem. Cotton Candy is fully capable of managing VXLANs using the linux kernel integration.

Important new features related to the newly introduced vCenter support are available in OpenNebula 4.12: the ability to import running VMs and networks, including the attach/detach NIC functionality, a new cloud view tailored for vCenter, VM contextualization support and reacquire VM Templates with their logo and description.

Finally, several improvements are scattered across every other OpenNebula component: the possibility to flush and disable a system datastore, improvements in Sunstone for better user workflow, and many other bugfixes that stabilized features introduced in Fox Fur.

As usual OpenNebula releases are named after a Nebula. The Cotton Candy Nebula (IRAS 17150-3224) is located in the constellation of Ara.

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, and send a more than welcomed feedback for the final release.

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Programme Open Cloud & Developer Park – Cloud Expo Europe 2015

We want to remind our community that OpenNebula will have strong presence in the upcoming Cloud Expo Europe 2015, which is only two weeks away on the 11th and 12th of March 2015 in ExCeL London. This is the biggest and best attended cloud event in the world , with over 300 top experts – including number 1 rated CIOs, Acclaimed Global Cloud Leaders, Cloud Gurus with HUGE twitter followings – all speaking in a compelling conference and seminar programme, which covers all the major technology and business issues.

The online programme for the Open Cloud & Developer Park, sponsored by the two leading open source Cloud Management Platforms, OpenNebula and OpenStack, is now available. The Park covers key open source cloud platforms, aiming to transmit technical knowledge and hands-on tutorials on today’s main open source IaaS platforms.

Moreover, the project will introduce a success story with Armin Deliomini, from Runtastic, at the CMSA theatre on Thursday 12th March at 12.15 – 12.40, to explain how OpenNebula saved them endless hours of tinkering!

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Happen to be around London in the second week of March? Register for free and come to see some juicy talks around Cloud Management Platforms and in particular over interesting OpenNebula project details and user experiences.

vOneCloud 1.2 is Out! Turn your VMware vSphere Infrastructure into a Private Cloud

We want you to know that OpenNebula Systems have just announced  the availability of the (to date) most demanded vOneCloud version, 1.2.

vOneCloud 1.2 introduces a number of outstanding features to ease the renewal of vCenter based virtual infrastructures into fully featured private clouds. Among these features, it is worth highlighting the automatic import of virtual machines running in a vCenter instance into vOneCloud, with zero downtime. After a virtual machine is imported, all the life cycle operations can be managed through Sunstone, the vOnecloud Web UI. Moreover, support for networks and distributed vswitches, including the ability to dynamically add and remove network interfaces from running machines is also present in the latest release of the appliance.

The new release also brings new components like the Control Panel, a web interface that eases the configuration of vOneCloud services and enables one click smooth upgrades to newer versions, and the Control Console, a text based wizard to configure the bootstrapping and basic aspects of the appliance.

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 datacenters, self-service portal, or hybrid cloud computing to connect in-house vCenter infrastructures with public clouds. vOneCloud seamlessly integrates with running vCenter virtualized infrastructures, leveraging advanced features such as vMotion, HA or DRS scheduling provided by the VMware vSphere product family.

vOneCloud is free to download and use, and is very simple to install, with minimal configuration required, as well as non-intrusive, requiring no changes to the existing infrastructure management tools in the datacenter. This means that you can try it out with without the need to commit to it (if you happen to don’t like it -although that won’t be the case!- just remove the appliance).

Give it a spin!

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New OpenNebula Community Forum

Good news everyone! Starting today, the brand new community forum is open!

After an ongoing problem with the current mailing lists hosting, we decided to replace them with a Discourse forum. The new forum will help us to have more dynamic conversations, and provide a much better place for newcomers to find answers in previous threads.

 

This forum is for anything OpenNebula related -community support, events, announcements, development-. Go ahead and sign up now! It will only take a few seconds, and it’s going to be worth it.

The current mailing lists will be taken down in 2 weeks, but the archives will be still accessible. But there’s no need to feel nostalgic about the emails, the new platform can be also used replying from your inbox.

Upcoming TechDays in 2015

Besides our annual OpenNebula Conference, we are planning to organize Technology Day events in multiple cities globally during 2015.

The OpenNebula TechDays are full day events to learn about OpenNebula with a hands-on cloud installation and operation workshop, and presentations from community members and users that will focus on:

  • Sharing cloud use cases and deployment experiences
  • Introducing new integrations and ecosystem developments
  • Describing other related cloud open-source projects and tools

In the shorter term we are planning to organize TechDays in:

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Dallas, USA
  • Chicago, USA

For more information on past events, please visit the Cloud Technology Days page

Please send us an email at events@opennebula.org if you are interested in hosting a TechDays event.

We look forward to your answers

OpenNebula at Cloud Expo Europe 2015

CloudexpoEuropeOpenNebula will have an outstanding presence at this year’s edition of the Cloud Expo Europe on the 11th and 12th of March 2015 in ExCeL London. This is the biggest and best attended cloud event in the world , with over 300 top experts – including number 1 rated CIOs, Acclaimed Global Cloud Leaders, Cloud Gurus with HUGE twitter followings – all speaking in a compelling conference and seminar programme, which covers all the major technology and business issues.

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In particular, OpenNebula will sponsor one of the corners of the Open Cloud & Developer Park. Besides several members of the OpenNebula Team, partners that add value to OpenNebula will be present, like viApps, CloudWeavers as well as OpenNebula Systems, the company behind OpenNebula.

The Park features a theatre were key members of the OpenNebula team and some of the partners will be speaking about the benefits of using OpenNebula to virtualize and manage datacenters. In particular, our Project Lead will introduce OpenNebula as a enabler for Flexible Enterprise Clouds, and other members will introduce the provisioning model of OpenNebula based on Virtual Datacenters and different views tailored for the different actors of the cloud.vone

The theatre will also feature talks from OpenNebula partners, sharing how their integrations add value to OpenNebula. Do not miss out the talk about vOneCloud, the open, drop-in replacement of vCloud that turns your vCenter infrastructure into a private cloud in three simple steps!

 

runtastic And last, but not least, our friend Armin Deliomini, from Runtastic, will join us in the CMSA theatre on Thursday 12th March at 12.15 – 12.40, to explain how OpenNebula saved them endless hours of tinkering!

 

Are you interested? Come and join us! You can register for free here.

OpenNebula in the Flagship European Project Bringing SDN and NFV Advances to Federated Cloud Networking

OpenNebula Systems has just announced its participation in a €3.6 million consortium tasked with enabling federated cloud networking. BEACON is the main European funded project, called to lead innovation in federated cloud networking. The Project is set to pave the road towards the true start of a revolution in cloud networking, developing the building blocks to enable next generation network functionalities within and across data centers and cloud sites.

The Project will rely on SDN (Software Defined Networks) and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) techniques and will enhance the european reference in cloud management platforms, OpenNebula, to support the automatic, elastic, and scalable deployment of resources and services across multiple sites. Aligned with the OpenNebula project philosophy, and as always done with previous projects, all these improvements will be contributed back to the community.

Other members of the Consortium are Flexiant (U.K.), CETIC (Belgium), Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), IBM Israel (Israel), Universita di Messina (Italy) and Lufthansa Systems (Germany).

We will keep you updated about its progress.

4.12 Features: SPICE Support in Sunstone

In addition to the well known VNC support in Sunstone, OpenNebula 4.12 will include support to interact with Virtual Machines using the SPICE protocol.

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This feature can be enabled for any Virtual Machine just checking the option in the input/output section of the Template creation form.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 16.06.50This feature uses the SPICE HTML5 client, there is some functionality missing, but it is functional. For more information on this library, please visit the previous link. It also uses the existing novnc-server included in OpenNebula, as SPICE has no built in support for the WebSocket protocol