First Stable Release of vOneCloud to Easily Build Private Clouds on VMware vSphere

OpenNebula Systems announced today the first stable release of vOneCloud, a virtual appliance for vSphere that transforms an existing VMware vCenter deployment into an automated, self-service private cloud in a few minutes. The appliance is based on OpenNebula, every component is fully open-source and has been certified to work in enterprise environments. vOneCloud is commercially supported by OpenNebula Systems.

vOneCloud exposes a multi-tenant, cloud-like provisioning layer, including features like virtual data centers, self-service portal, or hybrid cloud computing to connect in-house vCenter infrastructures with public clouds. Using this appliance, companies that do not want to abandon their investment in VMware and retool the entire stack can keep VMware management tools, procedures and workflows. 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.

An additional advantage of this new product is the strategic path to openness as companies move beyond virtualization toward a private cloud. vOneCloud can leverage existing VMware infrastructure, protecting IT investments, and at the same time gradually integrate other open-source hypervisors, therefore avoiding future vendor lock-in and strengthening the negotiating position of the company.

vOneCloud is free to download and use, and is very simple to install and update, with minimal configuration required, as well as non-intrusive, requiring no changes to the existing infrastructure management tools in the datacenter.

Building Clouds on vSphere: vOneCloud vs vCloud Competitive Pricing Review

This case study assumes you want to build a private cloud on top of an existing virtualized datacenter composed of ten hosts (servers) running vSphere and managed by one vCenter instance. It is understood that you do not want to abandon your investment in VMware by retooling the entire stack. You want to continue managing your infrastructure with already familiar and powerful VMware tools, such as vSphere and vCenter Operations Manager. Your goal is to create a self-service cloud environment on top of your vSphere infrastructure to provide your users with a simple cloud interface featuring elasticity, multi-tenancy and self-service provisioning.

This post compares the pricing of two different approaches to build this cloud environment, the deployment of vOneCloud (an open-source replacement for vCloud based on OpenNebula) on your existing vSphere/vCenter environment versus the adoption of VMware vCloud Suite:

  • The latest version of the vCloud Suite (5.8) brings all the components needed to build and manage a vSphere-based private cloud. The three product editions, Standard, Advanced and Enterprise, include vSphere Enterprise Plus and vCloud Director. According to VMware’s official price list, the average cost (including license and support) per server (2 processors) and year (license cost prorated in three years) of vCloud Standard is €4,883.41 and € 5,243.13 for basic and production support level respectively.
  • vOneCloud requires vSphere (Standard edition is enough) and vCenter Standard. According to VMware’s official price list, the average cost (including license and support) per server (2 processors) and year (license cost prorated in three years) of vSphere Standard is €1,087.35 and €1,177.27 for basic and production support level respectively. If we add the cost of vCenter Standard (we consider a cloud consisting of 10 servers), the overall cost per server and year is €1,331.52 and €1,439.44 for basic and production support level respectively. vOneCloud is free, open-source software, and the cost of an enterprise support subscription (we consider a cloud consisting of 10 servers) per server and year is between €300 and €900 for basic and premium support.

This case study reveals savings of more than €3,000 a year per server using vOneCloud over vSphere/vCenter to build the cloud. The saving is much higher if you are using servers with more than 2 processors or building a cloud with more than 10 servers, given that vCloud licensing/support costs are per processor while vOneCloud support costs are per vCenter instance for unlimited number of processors and servers. For example, in infrastructures with 4-CPU servers, savings would be more than €6,000 per server and year. In a private cloud consisting of 10 servers, the saving would be between €30,000 and €60,000 a year.

vCloud defenders will argue that vCloud suite incorporates more features than vOneCloud on top of vSphere/vCenter. However the same arguments could be used in favor of vOneCloud, which offers features for hybrid cloud or federation that are not offered by the vCloud suite (your would require vRealize). In any case, the right cloud tool depends on your specific needs, our experience is that vOneCloud exceeds the cloud management requirements of most users.

The main advantage of vOneCloud is the strategic path to openness as you move beyond virtualization toward a private cloud. Adopting vOneCloud, you take a step toward liberating your stack from vendor lock-in. Being platform independent software, you can gradually migrate to other virtualization platforms. vOneCloud can leverage your existing VMware infrastructure, protecting IT investments, and at the same time avoid future vendor lock-in, strengthening the negotiating position of your company.

Why not give it a try?. The vOneCloud appliance does not interfere in existing vSphere configurations, procedures and workflows. This means that you can try it and if you decide not to adopt it, you can just delete it.

Update: This post was updated on January 2nd 2015 to include the new pricing plans for vOneCloud enterprise support. The new support subscription prices are per vCenter instance for unlimited number of servers.

vOneCloud: The Simplest Alternative to vCloud

We are glad to announce the Beta release of vOneCloud, a CentOS Linux virtual appliance for vSphere that contains all required OpenNebula services optimized to work on existing VMware vCenter deployments. vOneCloud is for companies that want to create a self-service cloud environment on top of their VMware infrastructure without having to abandon their investment in VMware and retool the entire stack. vOneCloud deploys an enterprise-ready OpenNebula cloud just in a few minutes where the infrastructure is managed by already familiar VMware tools, such as vSphere and vCenter Operations Manager, and the provisioning, elasticity and multi-tenancy cloud features are offered by OpenNebula.

vOneCloud is our answer to those companies looking for alternatives to VMware vCloud. They usually report that:

  • vCloud is not an easy to use solution
  • vCloud is mostly suited for vSphere and public clouds running VMware
  • vCloud cannot be adapted to their needs
  • Last, but not least, VMware announced in september 2013 that vCloud Director was approaching end of life for enterprises with its functionality being split into vCenter and vCloud Automation Center

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vOneCloud is for companies that want to keep VMware management tools, procedures and workflows. vOneCloud seamlessly integrates running vCenter virtualized infrastructures so leveraging the advanced features such as vMotion, HA or DRS scheduling provided by the VMware vSphere product family. On top of it, OpenNebula exposes a multi-tenant, cloud-like provisioning layer, including features like virtual data centers, datacenter federation or hybrid cloud computing to connect in-house vCenter infrastructures with public clouds. You also take a step toward liberating your stack from vendor lock-in.

It is all about simplicity. vOneCloud is extremely simple to install, adopt, update and use. Why do not you give a try to vOneCloud to manage your VMware environment?. We look forward to your feedback.

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Viapps Announces Partnership with C12G Labs to Offer Virtualized Infrastructure Services

Viapps has just announced its partnership with C12G Labs to develop an integration between Viapps and OpenNebula for the automatic creation and management of virtualized infrastructure services like Firewalls, DNS/DHCP/NTP Servers, HTTP Proxy, SMTP Gateways and IP LoadBalance on cloud environments.

Viapps is an opensource automation life cycle solution of infrastructure services on cloud environments. It allows to create, install, configure, update, manage, monitor and audit several network infrastructure services, using opensource components like Chef Server, Mysql, … Extensible, new functionalities can be incorporated through new modules development. It is based in a RESTful API, allowing it to be integrated with third party platforms.

More information in Viapps’ press release.

 

Terradue Announces a Partnership with C12G to Provide OpenNebula Services

Terradue has just announced its partnership with C12G Labs to intensify the contribution and exploitation of Terradue’s Cloud Controller Box components, a set of tools that are complementing the OpenNebula technology.

Terradue offers a specialist service for the management and distribution of very large, spatially referenced datasets, complemented with data inventory, query & processing solutions. In order strengthen its Services Portfolio, Terradue’s production environment benefits from OpenNebula to support DevOps processes.

More information in Terradue’s press release.

NETWAYS Announces a Partnership with C12G to Provide OpenNebula Services

NETWAYS GmbH has just announced its partnership with C12G Labs to provide services, consulting, and private- and hybrid-cloud-services based on OpenNebula. NETWAYS has been an active promoter of OpenNebula and a collaborator of C12G Labs since 2011 when they organized the first OpenNebula Workshop at OSDC 2011 in Nuremberg. NETWAYS and C12G shared an Exhibition Stand in the Open Source Park at CeBIT 2013.

NETWAYS has been supporting companies to manage complex, multifaceted IT infrastructures for more than 15 years. Specializing in enterprise grade open source tools, they ensure the smooth operation of networks, servers and applications. NETWAYS has chosen OpenNebula for its implementation of standards, efficiency, availability, and scalability. NETWAYS has been successfully using OpenNebula in various production environments for several years.

More information in the NETWAYS press release.

inovex Announces New Services to Help Companies Build OpenNebula Clouds

inovex GmbH has just announced its partnership with C12G Labs to support the deployment and operation of OpenNebula-based enterprise cloud infrastructures, and the automation and migration of legacy systems. With OpenNebula as their software platform, inovex experts can set up cloud infrastructures very quickly and operate them efficiently.

inovex is particularly qualified to use OpenNebula in an enterprise environment. inovex has many years of experience in virtualisation, data centre management and highly available and ultra-scalable storage. inovex helps leading Internet companies, like 1&1 Internet AG (WEB.DE, GMX), buch.de and maxdome, IT departments in traditional industry (such as Bosch, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen) and other leading industrial companies like EnBW or DB Schenker, to deal with their IT challenges. For over four years, inovex has been following the development of OpenNebula and other solutions, like OpenStack and OpenQRM. The new partnership with OpenNebula now underpins the confidence inovex experts have in the product and C12G Labs.

Matthias Albert, Head of IT Engineering Operation at inovex, explains the reasons behind the company’s decision to opt for OpenNebula: “We look forward to working with OpenNebula and C12G Labs, as we have identified OpenNebula as the best available open source product for cloud applications after thorough and critical evaluations. OpenNebula has been exhaustively tried and tested and the manufacturer has a clear vision about how it should evolve. Together with C12G Labs, we will give fresh momentum to the German data centre industry, as our exacting customers will love the product.”

More information in the inovex press release.

New OpenNebula Release and Q&A Strategy with Maintenance and Service Packs

Continuing its strong commitment to open-source and to the OpenNebula community, C12G has just announced that every OpenNebula Maintenance Release and Service Pack will be made publicly available at the community site. From release 3.8, the OpenNebula community will enjoy the benefits of the OpenNebulaPro distribution including the C12G’s Quality Assurance processes.

This change in the Release and Q&A Strategy of OpenNebula will bring many benefits to all stakeholders:

  • Community users will now have access to a more frequently updated, certified enterprise-ready software distribution. The OpenNebula community will have access to regular Maintenance Releases with fixes and minor enhancements; as well as to Service Packs that will extend the life of each OpenNebula series for up to three years.
  • Commercial support subscribers will receive production level support for OpenNebula without having to wait for an additional certification process. All of the many benefits of C12G’s commercial support subscriptions will apply for OpenNebula cloud deployments. Also any community installation of OpenNebula can enter a support program without installing a new version of OpenNebula.

This new Release Strategy and Q&A Process, together with the existing Upgrade Process for production environments and the availability of several support options directly from developers, will reduce cost and complexity of your OpenNebula cloud and ensure its long term stability and performance.

There are now three different support options for OpenNebula:

  • Community Support for developers, researchers and technical enthusiasts to test and evaluate the capabilities of the software, and to build pre-production cloud environments.
  • Basic Support for corporations, research centers and governments that require expert support assistance with basic SLAs during customization and building phases or to operate non-production cloud environments for testing/development applications. The annual subscription rate for the basic support is a flat fee of 750 euros for unlimited servers.
  • Production Support for corporations, research centers and governments that require expert support assistance with production SLAs to operate cloud environments for production applications. The annual subscription rate for the production support varies with the level of service and the size of the cloud starting at 320 euros per server.

Basic and Production Support options are commercial support subscriptions that help sustain the OpenNebula project. Besides the long-term commercial support, utterly important to medium and large organizations, commercial support subscriptions bring additional benefits in terms of software, like access to the OpenNebulaApps suite or influence on the OpenNebula roadmap; documentation, with access to the PDF version of the guides and discounts in training; and legal protection.

More Information:

First Public Training Course on OpenNebula Fundamentals

C12G Labs is happy to announce the availability of the first public training course on OpenNebula Fundamentals for cloud integrators, architects and administrators. The course, to be held at C12G headquarters in Madrid on the 11th of December, spans across 3 days and covers the process of installing, configuring and operating private, public and hybrid clouds using OpenNebula.  There is a 20% discount on public training for active customers and partners, and for Education, Government and Non-Profit institutions or organizations working in research projects.

Other locations in Europe and United States to hold the training are also being considered. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you. More information on C12G public and private courses can be found in the training pages.

Hope to see some of you there !