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

 

 

4.12 Features: Virtual Data Center Redesign

In this post I’ll share with you one of the new 4.12 features we are working on: Virtual Data Centers. Well, it’s not entirely new, because OpenNebula already had VDCs, but we have redesigned them to be more powerful.

Let’s start refreshing what Clusters and VDCs are:

  • Cluster: Group of physical resources (Hosts, Virtual Networks and Datastores) that share common characteristics or configurations. For example, you can have the “kvm” and “vmware” Clusters, or “kvm-ceph” and “kvm-gluster”.
  • Virtual Data Center (VDC): Defines a assignment of one or several Groups to a pool of Physical Resources. This pool of Physical Resources consists of resources from one or several Clusters that could belong to different Zones, or public external clouds for hybrid cloud computing.

The following image shows three VDCs (in blue, red and green) and the resources assigned to three Groups. As you can see, the red VDC assigns the Human Resources Group to resources from two different Zones (individual data centers), and a public cloud provider.

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In OpenNebula 4.6 the terms Virtual Data Center (VDC) and Resource Providers were introduced. A Resource Provider was not a separate entity, it was the way we called a Cluster assigned to a Group. The term VDC was used to name a Group with Resource Providers (Clusters) assigned, but was not a separate entity either.

Starting with OpenNebula 4.12, VDCs 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.

Now that VDCs are a separate entity, they can have one or more Groups added to them. This gives the Cloud Admin greater resource assignment flexibility. For example, you may have the Group Web Development added to the ‘low-performance’ VDC, and Big Data to the ‘high-performance’ VDC. If the Web Development requirements change for a few days, the Group can be additionally added to the ‘high-performance’ VDC. In previous versions, this single operation would require you to write down which resources were added to the Group, to undo it later.

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From the resource assignment perspective, the new VDC approach allows to create more advanced scenarios. In previous versions, the Group’s Resource Providers were whole Clusters. This had some limitations, since Clusters define the topology of your physical infrastructure in a fixed way. The Admin could not assign arbitrary resources to a Group, he had to choose from those fixed Clusters.

The new VDCs contain a list of Clusters, just like before, but they can also have individual Hosts, Virtual Networks, and Datastores. This means that a VDC can create logical groups of physical resources, that don’t have to resemble the real configuration of the physical infrastructure.

For example, you may have one ceph Datastore and 10 Hosts inside a Cluster, and now you can assign one individual Host to a VDC whereas before you had to assign the whole Cluster, or create smaller Clusters. The latter option was not very practical, because Datastores can only be in one Cluster at a time, so you would need to split your storage between the Clusters.

We are quite pleased with how everything fits together, and this is because the requirements for this improvement of the VDC model came from our users. Hopefully you’ll find it useful too, we are looking forward to your feedback.

OpenNebulaConf 2015: Oct 20-22 in Barcelona

Following last year’s successful event, we are happy to announce that the third annual OpenNebula Cloud Conference will take place on October 20-22 at Barceló Sants Hotel in Barcelona.

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This new edition of the OpenNebula Conference will be a great opportunity to share experiences and meet people with expertise and interest in OpenNebula. OpenNebula Conferences serve as a meeting point of cloud users, developers, administrators, integrators and researchers, featuring talks with experiences and use cases. They also include tutorials, lightning talks, and hacking sessions that provide an opportunity to discuss burning ideas, and meet face to face to discuss development.

The third OpenNebulaConf will open its Call for Presentations in a few days, stay tuned for content updates.

And remember… OpenNebulaConfs are vendor-neutral events focused on real-world practices and how to successfully implement open source in your cloud.

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!

2015 OpenNebula Events Plan

We have events in schedule already for 2015. If you have any questions on OpenNebula events, please contact us at events@opennebula.org

Thanks you for your support!

Industry Events

We are sponsoring and prepping for the next two industry events:

  • Cloud Expo Europe in London, 11-12 March 2015, where we will be present in one of the corners of the Open Cloud Park in the exhibit hall with our partners CloudWeavers and ViApps. We will also have a kiosk there to demo the new vOneCloud.
  • VMworld Europe in Barcelona, 13-15 October 2015, where we will have a booth to demo the VMware support in OpenNebula and the new vOneCloud.

Open Cloud Community Events

You can help us spread our word. Speaking at a technical conference is an excellent way to share your experiences and participate in the community. We can provide different types of support, like review your talk or promote it through our blog and social instruments. You can use any material available at this site.

We strongly encourage you to submit talks for all open cloud community events. Join our community discuss mailing list if you are interested in speaking about OpenNebula. The latest presentations are available at the OpenNebula SlideShare account.

We are planning to participate in the following events (CFP is open for some of them):

OpenNebulaConf 2015

In a few weeks we will announce the date and venue for our anual community conference. Stay tuned!.

Cloud TechDays

We are organizing the 2015 schedule of TechDays, send us an email or send it to the community discuss mailing list if you are interested in hosting a TechDay event. We also look forward to proposals to create a user group in your area.

OpenNebula Training

We have just published the schedule for 2015 public classes at OpenNebula Headquarters. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you.