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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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 €100 and €500 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.