OpenNebula Public Training for 2016

OpenNebula Systems has published the schedule for public classes in 2016 at its offices in Madrid, Spain, and Cambridge, MA, USA. This year OpenNebula Systems is expanding its public training services to the United States.

The course about OpenNebula Fundamentals: Cloud Operator and Architect uses a hands-on lab atmosphere to provide IT professionals with the skill-sets they need to install, configure and operate OpenNebula deployments. Additionally the program briefly addresses the integration of OpenNebula with other components in the data center.

You can contact OpenNebula Systems if your would like to request public training near you or private on-site training.

User Survey 2015: Influence the Roadmap!

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. You will have influence over the project and software direction, including OpenNebula 5.0 roadmap, and will help us:

  • Improve the support for most demanded infrastructure platforms and configurations
  • Deprecate those components with a low usage

All of the information you provide is confidential. We will not share organization-specific or personal information. We will only report aggregate, non-personally identifiable data.

Survey will be open until Friday December 11th 2015

Results from previous surveys: 2012 and 2014.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Thanks for completing the survey!

vOneCloud 1.8 Released! Take vSphere to the Cloud

We want to let you know that OpenNebula Systems has just announced the availability of vOneCloud version 1.8.

This new release of the appliance, based on a tailored version of OpenNebula 4.14 Great A’Tuin to ease the provisioning of resources from vSphere based infrastructures, comes packed with exciting new features. Coming from functionality present in 4.14 we found:

  • Import VMs from public clouds. vOneCloud 1.8 introduces the management of VMs not launched by vOneCloud in either Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer.
  • Keep  VM disks after deletion. A new attribute will instruct vOneCloud on leaving or deleting the VM disks when they finish their lifecycle.

Features related with the vCenter driver not yet present in any OpenNebula release (these will be part of next OpenNebula release):

  • Pagination added to vCenter import dialog. In large scale deployments, this will aid in the importation of large numbers of VM Templates and Networks.
  • Support for VMware Guest Customization. At the time of creating or modifying an imported VM Template, it is now possible to associate a Guest Customization profile to configure guest OS parameters such as the computer name, network settings, setting and expiring the administrator/root password, SID change for Windows Operating systems, and so on.
  • Show all the IPs from a VM in Sunstone. Both for imported and newly created VMs, all the IP addresses reported by the guest OS via the VMware tools are retrieved by vOneCloud and presented in Sunstone.
  • Append name to “one-*” name in vCenter display name. VM Name as shown in vOneCloud is appended in vCenter VM name for easier VM tracking.
  • Imported resources suffixed with their source cluster name. This feature aids in the resource identification in the vCenter portal by mapping it to the vOneCloud representation name.
  • Multi cluster VM Template definition. Create vOneCloud VM Templates that reference more than one vCenter VM Template in different vCenter clusters.

vOneCloud Control Panel has also been extended in this release to allow for further customizations:

  • Enable SSH. To easily allow console access to the vOneCloud appliance.
  • Enable SSL. To enable the secure access to the vOneCloud appliance web interface (Sunstone) using the SSL protocol.

Moreover, a new documentation category starts with vOneCloud 1.8 to explain advanced customizations to the appliance that are not performed through the Control Panel. The fist introduced advance customization refers to rebranding, to replace the logos in the Sunstone interface.

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, self-service portal, or hybrid cloud computing to connect in-house vCenter infrastructures with public clouds. 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.

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 happen (as strange at that may be!) to don’t like it  you can just remove the appliance.

OpenNebula Systems will run a booth at VMworld 2015 Europe in Barcelona on October 12-15 where they will demo the new version.

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New Pricing Plan for Support Subscriptions

OpenNebula Systems, the company behind the OpenNebula project, have just announced a new pricing plan for OpenNebula Support Subscriptions. With the new plan, the aim is to be as easy to work with as possible, including complete transparency about pricing, no complicated plans, lower cost, and a maximum cost per OpenNebula instance (“zone”) that is achieved beyond 50 servers in Xen/KVM clouds and 5 vCenter instances in VMware clouds. This avoids having to track and manage individual server or vCenter instance count enabling you to take advantage of the elastic nature of cloud, especially as you scale your infrastructure.

Many of our existing customers will see a reduction on their next renewal. You can now buy a Basic Support Subscription for a single OpenNebula instance and an unlimited number of servers, VMs, CPUs and cores for only €12.000 euros ($15,000 in USA).

OpenNebula is completely vendor-neutral and without hype, with a strong focus on real-life needs, developing the best technology, and serving users. We love open-source and take pride on being  an open-source company. There is only one completely free, fully open source, OpenNebula software. We do not develop proprietary extensions that lock you in. We hope the new pricing plans make it even simpler to setup your perfect open cloud environment with commercial support, based on your favourite Cloud Management Platform!

Our support subscriptions bring many benefits but the main one is that they help support the OpenNebula open-source project. We want to thank all our customers for their confidence in us.

Stay tuned and as always, let us know what you think!

vOneCloud 1.6 Released! Ease vSphere Provisioning

We want you to know that OpenNebula Systems has just announced the availability of vOneCloud version 1.6.

This new release of the appliance, tailored to ease the provisioning of resources from vSphere based infrastructures, comes packed with exciting new features.

  • In vOneCloud 1.6 is now possible to define virtual machine capacity, in terms of CPU and Memory presented to the guest OS, changing this value from the vCenter Template at the time of cloning a new Virtual Machine.
  • Along this line, it is also possible to resize the capacity of a Virtual Machine after deployment.
  • Moreover, it is also possible to confine vOneCloud users on a particular vCenter Resource Pool, making it possible to enforce company security policies by reducing the rights of the needed credentials by the appliance and also offering to vOneCloud users a subset of all the available hardware resources controlled by vCenter.
  • In order to facilitate the customization of Virtual Machines, in terms of configuring software packages and perform any generic administration task at guest OS boot time, vOneCloud introduces the ability to run any script at boot time, using a new set of contextualization packages.
  • Improvements are also offered in the VNC connection capabilities, to accommodate foreign keyboards.

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, self-service portal, or hybrid cloud computing to connect in-house vCenter infrastructures with public clouds. 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.

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 happen (as strange at that may be!) to don’t like it  you can just remove the appliance.

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OpenNebula Has a New Base in the U.S.

We are pleased to announce that OpenNebula Systems, the company behind the OpenNebula Project and vOneCloud, has established a new subsidiary to oversee all business operations and to support the OpenNebula community in the U.S. The new subsidiary in Cambridge Mass. will serve as a training, consulting and support facility for the quickly growing number of OpenNebula and vOneCloud users in the area.

This is great news for our open-source Project because this new company will help support the community, spread its word, and strengthen its user base in the U.S. We are organizing Cloud Technology Day events in Boston and Chicago at the end of June.

Contact us if you would like to help us organize a Cloud TechDay.

More details in the Today’s Press Release by OpenNebula Systems.

vOneCloud 1.4 Released! Cloudify vSphere Infrastructures

We want you to know that OpenNebula Systems have just announced the availability of vOneCloud version, 1.4.

Several exciting features have been introduced in vOneCloud 1.4. The appliance that helps you turn your vSphere infrastructure into a private cloud generates daily reports that can be consulted by every user to check their resource consumption, with associated costs defined by the Cloud Administrator. The Virtual Datacenter provisioning model has been revisited to enable resource sharing easily among different groups, as well as to simplify configuration. The interfaces has also been improved to smooth the workflow of importing vCenter resources via the vOneCloud web interface, Sunstone. But probably most importantly, vOneCloud 1.4 add multi-vm management capabilities, enabling the management of sets of interconnected VMs (services), including the ability to set up elasticity rules to automatically increase or decrease the number of nodes composing a service, according to easily programmed rules that take into account the service demands.

Improvements were also in place for Control Panel, a web interface that eases the configuration of vOneCloud services and enables one click smooth upgrades to newer versions, introducing features to aid in the troubleshooting 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 zero intrusive, try it out with without the need to commit to it. If you happen to don’t like it  just remove the appliance!

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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 Systems Announces Support Plans in EST Business Hours

OpenNebula Systems has just announced the availability of Standard 9×5 Support Subscriptions in EST Business hours. Previously, the 9×5 support subscription was only available in CET business hours.

OpenNebula Systems support plans provide corporations, research centers and governments with the expert support and assistance needed to operate a cloud environment for production applications. Commercial Production Support is currently provided at three levels:

  • Basic Level: Expert support with basic SLAs within regular business hours. Basic support is available for smaller non-production installations.
  • Standard Production Level: Expert support with production SLAs within regular business hours in CET and EST zones. Standard Support Subscriptions include everything from Basic Support, as well as bug fix requests, unlimited issues, long-term multi-year support, indemnification and license flexibility.
  • Premium Production Level: Expert support with production SLAs 24×7 and immediate access to engineers. Premium Support Subscriptions include everything from Standard Support along with quicker maximum response times and higher number of accounts in support portal. The following table summarizes response time and features in the levels of support.

More details at the OpenNebula.systems.

OpenNebula Systems is expanding its U.S. operations to help support increasing global demand for OpenNebula solutions. Stay tuned for more news.

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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