OpenNebula Newsletter – August 2015

Check this Newsletter to find out the what kept us busy this month, including the latest developments and events of the OpenNebula project and the community during this last month of August, and the plans for the upcoming months.

We would like to remind you that the third OpenNebulaConf, due in October in Barcelona, is around the corner! You are still in time until the 8th of September for the early bird discount.

Technology

August warm haven’t had an impact on the dev team! No slugginesh after the release of the first Beta of OpenNebula 4.14 ‘Great A’Tuin’. We want to thank our community for the excellent feedback on this important release, packed with features. It is of the utmost importance to fine tune OpenNebula, so thanks!

As mentioned, the team has not been drowsy at all. A few more features are currently being polished to make their debut in ‘Great A’Tuin’. For instance, the ability to resize an existing disk for all the supported OpenNebula backends. If your VM needs more disk space than the one provided by the images used for its disk, you can now set a new size prior to instantiate the VM, OpenNebula will grow the disk and the guest OS will adapt the filesystem to the now bigger disk at boot time. OpenNebula cloud admins can now maintain a VM Template catalog with different disk sizes without the need of cloning and storing the same disk with different sizes.

Another great addition for 4.14 is the support of GPU access from Virtual Machines. This is great news for HPC and science clouds, since virtualized applications can get now the performance boot of the direct access to a GPU card.

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Also, the team has worked in stabilizing the previous and exciting new features: qcow2 and Ceph snapshots (live in the case of qcow2), Sunstone refactoring, importing running VMs, the possibility to cold attach disks and network interfaces to powered off machines; improvements in accounting to keep track of disk usage (with the ability to control disk consumption through quotas); better logging in several areas; the ability to pass scripts to VMs for guest OS customization; and many others.

Community

OpenNebula community keeps at it even during the estival season. For instance, working on supporting the latest versions of OpenNebula stable in your favorite linux platforms, directly from their repositories. A good example of this is the new packages for Debian unstable.

It is always nice to see OpenNebula being adopted, but if the deployment is within an institution as prestigious as Harvard University, the is double the fun! We are sure OpenNebula will meet their expectations and we are thrilled about the feedback they will surely provide.

A good example of how vibrant the OpenNebula community is can be seen in the fact that its ecosystem doesn’t stop to grow! A new OpenNebula storage driver for Saturnring open-source scale-out iSCSI-based block storage is most welcome and very useful addition. Thanks!

Outreach

The upcoming third edition of the OpenNebulaConf will be held in Barcelona this October 2015. The Conference is a great opportunity to meetup and share your OpenNebula experiences with the community. Your company may be interested in the sponsorship opportunities for OpenNebulaConf 2015. We would like to take this opportunity to also thank our Platinum Sponsors PTisp and StorPool; Gold Sponsors ungleich, Xen Server and NodeWeaver; and Silver Sponsors Runtastic and No Limit Network. If your company is interested, you can apply with this form. If you are willing to attend, you are still in time for the early bird discount.

The agenda for the OpenNebulaConf 2015 is available, check out the high quality speakers. The agenda includes two keynote speakers:

The OpenNebula project has been invited to participate in the 2015 BESIIICGEM Cloud Computing Summer School in Beijing, aimed at training a number of young researchers, spreading Cloud Computing knowledge across the physics computing community.

The reference middleware stack of choice for the practical activities will be OpenNebula, chosen for its simplicity and our experience in its use for scientific computing use cases.

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

If you are interested in receiving OpenNebula training, check the schedule for 2015 public classes at OpenNebula Headquarters. Next public OpenNebula training will take place next 15th of September in Madrid. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Events page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – July 2015

This Newsletter contains the most worthy developments and events of the OpenNebula project and the community during this last month of July, and the plans for the upcoming months.

We want to remind our users 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. If you are interested in supporting the OpenNebula community in the US, let us know.

Technology

The team has released the first Beta of OpenNebula 4.14 ‘Great A’Tuin’. We hope you enjoy using it as much as we did developing it. The new features and usability improvements present in this new release couldn’t have been without our community support and feedback. We want to thank you all for your contributions to make OpenNebula as mature and reliable as it is today. Every little helps!

One of the most interesting new features for cloud users and administrators is the ability to create and maintain a tree of VM disks snapshots, for Ceph an Qcow2 backends. Also important, the ability to save VMs into VM Templates for later use greatly improves the usability of OpenNebula based clouds, to which also adds the much better state management of VMs for recovery from failures.

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There are many other improvements in 4.14, like a more flexible context definition of network attributes; the ability to import running VMs not launched by OpenNebula from all the supported hypervisors (including the hybrid ones, for instance now it is possible to manage through OpenNebula Azure, SoftLayer and EC2 VMs launched through their respective management portals);the possibility to cold attach disks and network interfaces to powered off machines (which complements the hot attach functionality); improvements in accounting to keep track of disk usage; better logging in several areas; the ability to pass scripts to VMs for guest OS customization; and many others. A great effort was put in this release to help build and maintain robust private, hybrid and public clouds with OpenNebula.

There are some features the team is still polishing and decided not to include in the Beta1- For instance another major feature is the ability to resize an existing disk for all the supported OpenNebula backends. If your VM needs more disk space than the one provided by the images used for its disk, you can now set a new size prior to instantiate the VM, OpenNebula will grow the disk and the guest OS will adapt the filesystem to the now bigger disk at boot time. The disk space won’t be an issue anymore. To support this feature, a new set of context packages has already been released so you can start preparing your images for disk resizing.

Another huge feature to support HPC oriented infrastructures is the consumption of raw GPU devices existing on a physical host from a Virtual Machine. A new type of consumable has been defined in OpenNebula and taken into account by the scheduler. VMs can now request a GPU, and if OpenNebula finds one free resource of type GPU available, it will set up the VM with PCI passthrough access to the GPU resource.

Channels to help people try out OpenNebula is a hassle-free way are key to foster adoption of OpenNebula. The OpenNebula project is well aware of this, so it has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a new OpenNebula Sandbox in the Azure Marketplace. Currently you can try out 4.12.1, but we will update as usual all the SandBoxes to Great A’Tuin as soon as the stable version is out.

Community

Summer is upon us, and this does not prevent the OpenNebula community to keep contributing to the rich ecosystem. Since the Beta1 is out, we want to make a call for feedback. Please install in a test environment Great A’Tuin, and let us know through the community forum. It is your feedback what makes OpenNebula user friendly, so thanks in advance!.

For the team working in the cloud trenches, comments like this one are like a blow of fresh air that keep us going, stronger, towards cloud excellence. Thanks!
Contributions to the OpenNebula ecosystem are always great news, to enable integrations with new components, develop new functionality and ease the day to day cloud operation. But if they are maintained such as this nodejs binding for the OpenNebula API, then we are talking about quality ecosystem. Excellent contribution.
Extensions to the OpenNebula contextualization system are also always good news, like this new contextualization package for Gentoo written as an Ansible playbook.

Another great contribution enables OpenNebula to manage LXC containers. LXC is a userspace interface for the Linux kernel containment features. It lets Linux users easily create and manage system or application containers. With this amazing contribution OpenNebula can deploy LXCs with the intrinsic improvements in performance. The new addon includes motorization and virtualization drivers, kudos to Sergio Vega and José Manuel de la Fé for their contribution.

Outreach

The upcoming third edition of the OpenNebulaConf will be held in Barcelona this October 2015. The Conference is a great opportunity to meetup and share your OpenNebula experiences with the community. Your company may be interested in the sponsorship opportunities for OpenNebulaConf 2015. If you are interested, you can apply with this form. StorPool just joined as Platinum Sponsor. We would like to take this opportunity to also thank our Platinum Sponsor PTisp; Gold Sponsors ungleich, Xen Server and NodeWeaver; and Silver Sponsors Runtastic and No Limit Network.

The agenda for the OpenNebulaConf 2015 is available, check out the high quality speakers. The agenda includes two keynote speakers:

July was a hectic month in terms of OpenNebula TechDays:

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You can read more details about the presentations here. If you want to host a TechDay in your area, let us know.

An excellent event was also carried out in France, the SophiaConf2015. Check out the OpenNebula presentation given by members of TAS Group France on why they chose OpenNebula for their infrastructure, very interesting (warning: you need to understand french!).
During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

If you are interested in receiving OpenNebula training, check the schedule for 2015 public classes at OpenNebula Headquarters. Next public OpenNebula training will take place next 15th of September in Madrid. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Events page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – June 2015

Check out what kept us busy this June. This Newsletter contains the most worthy developments and events of the OpenNebula project and the community during this last month, and the plans for the upcoming months.

We want to remind our users 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. If you are interested in supporting the US OpenNebula community or contact us, let us know.

Technology

The OpenNebula team is not fooling around with the 4.14 release. We are settling on a code name for the release (do you like ‘Dark Horse’?), and meanwhile adding an impressive array of features. Probably the main highlight is the new snapshot management feature, that will let perform disk snapshots and maintain a history of them. The initial support would be only for Ceph (it is our storage backend of choice for medium to large deployments after all, read our reference architecture), and qcow2. OpenNebula will be aware of snapshot sizes, and allow to enforce quotas and also to report consumption via the accounting mechanisms. Pretty neat, is it not, hosting providers?

Another big highlight would be the inclusion of a new type of consumable, GPU. A VM would be able to consume GPUs, using PCI passthrough, to gain exclusive access to GPU PCI cards. Pretty neat, is it not, research institutions and supercomputing centers?

Sunstone is being reworking behind the scenes, and although final users will only notice minor changes in the GUI, rest assure that this is a very important feature for the future of Sunstone. Keep an eye on it!

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Other features we are working on is image resizing (finally), system datastore flush for maintenance, import VMs capabilities for hybrid hosts, improved fault management with the inclusion of new VM state transitions (no VM left behind), improvements in the network context management, and many more. As mentioned before, we are not fooling around with Dark Horse, be sure to be ready for the beta version due at the end of July.

This month, a new set of contextualization packages was also released, with several nifty additionals like the ability to pass scripts directly to be executed at boot time, without having to create them first in the files datastore.

A new version of the drop in replacement for vCloud, vOneCloud, was also released. vOneCloud 1.6 comes with several improvements, like capacity resizing, resource pool confinement, improvements in VNC, and more. Make sure you update using the awesome one click updated.

Community

Keeping a healthy community is key for an open source project. The OpenNebula community is growing every day, contributing new pieces to an already rich ecosystem.
For instance, StorPool integration with OpenNebula is performed as a new datastore driver in OpenNebula. OpenNebula persistent and non-persistent images are stored in a StorPool cluster, and OpenNebula controls and monitors the StorPool cluster. An important contribution worth noted is on the works, promising to bring LCX support to OpenNebula.
User stories are also good addition to a project credibility. OpenNebula has been around for a while now, but we still are moved by our users from time to time when they decide it is time to announce to the world they use OpenNebula in their infrastructures. For instance, like Teledata did this month.

OpenNebula it turned out to be the most mature and proven Cloud-Stack available – lacking of unnecessary complexity or unneeded overhead.

And it is also nice to see how OpenNebula is being recognised as a solid alternative to commercial virtualization software. In this case, as an alternative to vCloud Director.
OpenNebula API is also being consumed by other components of the ecosystems to create amazing things like automated power management on opennebula based infrastructures, like the new release of CLUES.

Outreach

The upcoming third edition of the OpenNebulaConf will be held in Barcelona this October 2015. Your company may be interested in the sponsorship opportunities for OpenNebulaConf 2015.We already have a number of sponsors, so if you are interested let us know as soon as possible. As platinum sponsors, we have PTisp; as gold sponsors ungleich (check out the post announcing it), NodeWeaver (check out the announcement) and XenServer; and as silver sponsors Runtastic and no-limit-network (announced here).

The agenda for the OpenNebulaConf 2015 is available, check out the high quality speakers. The agenda includes two keynote speakers:

This month the OpenNebula project organized an OpenNebula TechDay in Cambridge Massachusetts , at the Microsoft New England R&D Center, organized by the HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Boston and sponsored by Microway.

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Next month, OpenNebula TechDays will be happening in Paris, France on the 8th of July, organized by IPPON Hosting. Two days after, on the 10th, another TechDay will happen in Ontario, Canada, this time organized by our long term users, BlackBerry. If you are interested in helping us organize a Cloud TechDay in your area, go ahead and contact us.

An excellent event developed in Bern last 16th of June, the Open Cloud Day. You can read here their article in ungleich blog, thanks guys for organizing this interesting event.
During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

If you are interested in receiving OpenNebula training, check the schedule for 2015 public classes at OpenNebula Headquarters. Next public OpenNebula training will take place next 16th of June in Madrid. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Events page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – May 2015

Check out what kept us busy this May. This Newsletter contains the most worthy developments and events of the OpenNebula project and the community during this last month, and the plans for the upcoming months.

We are proud 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. This is excellent news for the OpenNebula Project! Read the details in the OpenNebula Systems press release.

Technology

Winter is over, Spring is here, and everything is blossoming. And yes, that includes OpenNebula features! The team is busily working on the upcoming 4.14 OpenNebula release, as usual following the roadmap driven by its users, via feature request or even the Fund a Feature program.
OpenNebula 4.14 will add an exciting new snapshot management feature, that will let perform disk snapshots and maintain a history of them. The initial support would be only for Ceph, as it is our storage backend of choice (have you read our reference architecture? now is the chance!)

Sunstone is undergoing a major refactor, since its structure has been left untouched for far too many releases. We are proud to say that now all the components of OpenNebula have clean code and best programming practices! Of course everything has room for improvement, and we did our best in this release for your favourite cloud web interface. Adding new features and polishing the interface is going to be easier than ever now, so expect a big boost in Sunstone for future releases.

A long awaited featured, widely demanded by users, was related to datastore maintenance. Migrating running VMs from one system datastore to another, in order to take offline one datastore or simply to free some space from it will be possible in the upcoming 4.14 release. Rejoice cloud admins!

Image resizing has also been in our backlog for too long, and finally we found the needed resources to develop it. We think this is a very important feature for OpenNebula users and admins, try it out and let us know if this is what you were looking for.

4.14 will have a plethora of new features and improvements, like an improved fault management with the inclusion of new VM state transitions (no VM left behind), improvements in the network context management (more flexibility at the time and place of defining network attributes, … . Make sure you try out the beta release, due in a few weeks.

Community

We love our community. Seriously. Keep it up guys. Want a taste? Check this excellent contribution, detailing the needed steps to create an OpenNebula marketplace image. And when we say detailing, we really mean it. Great post! Also, a great contribution itself to the marketplace! A VyOS image for OpenNebula to achieve complex network topologies for your VM services.

We are very excited about uCloud, Unity Technologies new OpenNebula cloud. uCloud is a state of the art cloud, with authentication and network federation linking three different datacenters based on SoftLayer bare metal, configured for cloud bursting and prepared to scale to support thousands and even millions of users as Unity Technology requires. Read more details on this post we prepared to show the world what can be achieved in little time with OpenNebula, and also in the post the gentle folks at unity have prepared, called Agnostic Cloud Management (we like!).

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Fun is always welcome in our community. The team choked in laughter after seeing this tweet from Carlo Daffara (kudos to your friends).

The Barcelona OpenNebula user group is very active, spreading the ONE word this month in the Suoders event, with interesting talks around the technology.

Serious matters are welcome as well. Our Terradue partners gave this talk at the EFIConf15 on Hybrid Cloud Strategy. Worth going through the slides.

What is the best way to move out of Amazon Web Services (AWS) or other public cloud services?

Well, according to iSpot.tv the answer is OpenNebula. Learn the reasons and the approach taken by them in this article.

The community is always contributing back. This month, it provided for instance gems to make OpenNebula a provider for Vagrant, and daemon for getting monitoring data from OpenNebula’s XML-RPC API and storing them to InfluxDB. Also, a very interesting Elastic load-balancing & high-availablitY Wired network Architecture. It comes packed with features, so if you are looking for complex network set ups is a must read. Moreover, a new version of knife plugin for OpenNebula is also available thanks to Megam.

A beta release of CLUES (energy management system for Cloud infrastructures) that supports OpenNebula was also released this month.

Outreach

The upcoming third edition of the OpenNebulaConf will be held in Barcelona this October 2015.You are still in time until the 15 of June for getting a good price deal for tickets.

Also, your company may be interested in the sponsorship opportunities for OpenNebulaConf 2015.We already have a number of sponsors, so if you are interested let us know as soon as possible. As platinum sponsors, we have PTisp; as gold sponsors ungleich (check out the post announcing it) and XenServer; and as silver sponsors Runtastic and no-limit-network.

The agenda for the OpenNebulaConf 2015 is available, check out the high quality speakers. The agenda includes two keynote speakers:

We are organizing a number of Cloud Technology Day events in Boston and Chicago at the end of June, and in Paris on the 8th of July. If you are interested in helping us organize a Cloud TechDay in your area, go ahead and contact us.
During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

It is worth highlighting that the OpneNebulaConf sponsors ungleich will help spreading the word in Bern, Switzerland, next 16th of June in the OpenCloud Day.

If you are interested in receiving OpenNebula training, check the schedule for 2015 public classes at OpenNebula Headquarters. Next public OpenNebula training will take place next 16th of June in Madrid. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Events page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – April 2015

This Newsletter contains the most worthy developments and events of the OpenNebula project and the community during this last month, and the plans for the upcoming months.

Technology

An important milestone was reached this month with the publication of the Open Cloud Reference Architecture for Basic and Advanced cloud deployments. This Reference Architecture has been created from the collective information and experiences from hundreds of users and cloud client engagements. Besides main logical components and interrelationships, the document describes software products, configurations, and requirements of infrastructure platforms recommended for a smooth OpenNebula installation.

A maintenance release for Cotton Candy,4.12.1, was released this month by the OpenNebula Team. This release comes with several bug fixes found after the 4.12 release. These bug fixes covers different OpenNebula components, like for instance the scheduler, the Cloud View self service portal, Sunstone web interface, OpenNebula Core and several drivers (VM, Auth, Network). Besides the bug fixes mentioned above, 4.12.1 includes several improvements, like the ability to have VNC capabilities imported from vCenter VMs, a logrotate script for OpenNebula logs and, specially, the scheduler has been revisited to cope with large XML files. Now OpenNebula instances are able to manage even more VMs!

Also April saw the release of a new stable version of vOneCloud, the open replacement of vCloud to cloudify vSphere infrastructures. vOneCloud 1.4 comes with outstanding new features for vCenter resource management, like for instance the inclusion of Showback capabilities. The VDC model has been revisited to enable resource sharing easily among different groups, as well as the interfaces, in order to smooth the workflow of importing vCenter resources. The main highlight though is the addition of multi-vm management capabilities, enabling the management of services, including the ability to set up elasticity rules to automatically increase or decrease the number of nodes composing a service. vOneCloud is zero intrusive, try it out with without the need to commit to it!

Community

Technical posts are definitely our sort of thing. And if they come as detailed and rounded as this amazing piece showing how to install OpenNebula on HA with Ceph and IPoIB in CentOS, the better. Check it out for a awesome script laying out all the steps needed to reproduce this setup. Another example is this excellent post about securing noVNC connections for Sunstone, with detailed explanation on how to create your own CA for VNC connections.

In depth analysis of the OpenNebula technology by third parties is a great way to promote OpenNebula, giving users leeway to choose among the IaaS technology that better fit their needs. This blog post by OlinData is a great example.

Our community is always giving back, and that is the spirit of open source. For instance, people sharing his work to make other people’s life easier, is a great example of the health of OpenNebula community. This new addon enabling the integration of OpenNebula and StorPool broads the integration capabilities of OpenNebula. Also important this example of a nodejs boilerplate to interact with OpenNebula. Thanks!

As you may know, OpenNebula is participating in the BEACON project, flagship European project in federated cloud networking. You can check the profile of OpenNebula Systems in the project blog.

We run on feedback. Seriously, it is never enough. If you are doing an OpenNebula deployment we want to hear from you! As they say, through thick and thin. Have you just installed a Windows 10 VM using OpenNebula?. We want to hear from you!

Outreach

The upcoming third edition of the OpenNebulaConf will be held in Barcelona this October 2015.You are still in time for getting a good price deal for tickets. Also, your company may be interested in the sponsorship opportunities for OpenNebulaConf 2015.

We have two Cloud Technology Days planned for US, in Chicago and Boston, for the end of June. We will publish the details in a few days. If there is anyone interested to host a TechDay in the east coast (in particular, we are looking for hosts in New York), drop us a line.

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

If you are interested in receiving OpenNebula training, check the schedule for 2015 public classes at OpenNebula Headquarters. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Events page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – March 2015

This Newsletter is intended to OpenNebula users, developers and members of the community, and compiles the highlights of the OpenNebula project during this last month and what are the planned actions for the upcoming months.

Technology

The OpenNebula team released this month the latest stable release, 4.12 Cotton Candy. This is a stable release and so a recommended update for all production deployments. Cotton Candy comes with several improvements in different subsystems and components. OpenNebula is now 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.

Moreover Virtual Datacenters have been redefined as a new kind of OpenNebula resource. Making VDCs a separate resource has several advantages, for instance they can have one or more Groups added to them. This gives the Cloud Admin greater resource assignment flexibility.

Other perks of upgrading your installation to 4.12 include SPICE support, the excellent addition of Security Groups -allowing administrators to define the firewall rules and apply them to the Virtual Machines-, support for VXLAN, huge improvements in vCenter -import running VMs, network management, new vCenter cloud view, VM contextualization support, etc -,system datastore flushing, and many more minor features and important bugfixes. As usual, the migration path has been thoroughly designed and tested so updating to Cotton Candy from previous versions is a breeze. No excuses then for not bringing your OpenNebula to the latest state of the art in cloud management platforms!
Also this month a new release of vOneCloud, 1.2.1, the open replacement for VMware vCloud, was made available to the general public, meaning that all users without an active support subscription are able to upgrade through the Control Panel with a single click. If you are using vOneCloud 1.2, take this chance to get an improved version, including VLAN support through Sunstone, notifications of new releases, better log display at the Control Panel and more. And if you are still not using vOneCloud give it a try! We’ve packed 1.2.1 in an OVA for your convenience, just to keep you without excuses again :)

Community

We certainly love our community, and it seems like you love us back! We are very proud of having Runtastic among our users, and when they explain why they chose us, we feel elated. They started with OpenNebula using the virtualization management features, and are continuously evolving towards more cloudy features. Way to go!

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Good to know that OpenNebula clouds are expanding, this means they are healthy clouds. Like this one by bpsNode, expanding to Miami and Dallas. We are also excited by awesome user stories like this one featuring Altus IT with Lenovo delivering IT infrastructures in Croatia using OpenNebula. Way to go!

How good is your Russian? If you are fluent, enjoy the reasons of why Yuterra chose OpenNebula and Ceph for its Private Cloud. Moreover, fluent in German as well? Check out this OpenNebula webinar then.

Spreading the word is also something we deeply value from our community, hence we want to welcome the newly born Barcelona User Group! If you are in Barcelona, check it out, you won’t be disappointed. Also,we have like this example in FOSSAsia. And it is quite funny too, do not miss.

We love also this kind of feedback, how OpenNebula plays nice with other components in the ecosystem. Keeping our marketplace healthy and up to date is also kudos for the community, like this addition of ArchLinux to the catalog. Thanks!

A big thanks as well to all those members of the community that make possible to have a multi language Sunstone. This really foster adoption and we never could have done it without you! And last, but not least, it is very gratifying to see how OpenNebula helps build robust products like this one.

Outreach

After the second edition of the OpenNebula Conference, we are already preparing for the upcoming, third edition in Barcelona, October 2015. Interested? You are still in time for getting a good price deal for tickets. If you want to share your OpenNebula experiences, the call for papers is open as well until the end of this month, so the clock is ticking, do not miss the chance!. Also, your company may be interested in the sponsorship opportunities for OpenNebulaConf 2015.

This last month, the OpenNebula project proudly sponsored a corner of the Open Cloud & Developer Park at the Cloud Expo Europe. During two intense days, members of the team gave several talks about the OpenNebula philosophy, design and features in the Park’s theatre. Also on board in the OpenNebula corner, our partners from CoudWeavers showed how OpenNebula do everything it does with a minimal footprint. The guys from viApps also did not missed the opportunity to be in a pod in the corner to tell the attendees about their integration and added value. OpenNebula Systems, the company behind OpenNebula, was also present in their own pod presenting vOneCloud, the product that turns your vCenter infrastructure into a private cloud. Also, Runtastic introduced us to the reasons why they chose OpenNebula over other Cloud Management Platforms, to build a cloud serving 50 million users. Impressive!

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The TechDay in Prague was a total success, with a full house with high participating attendees and lots of juicy feedback. We plan to follow with other cities including Chicago, Dallas and Dublin. Send us an email or send it to the community discuss mailing list if you are interested in hosting a TechDay event.

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As you may know, OpenNebula is participating in the BEACON project, flagship European project in federated cloud networking, due to this members of the team traveled to Brussels for the NetFutures15, to find synergies with other research projects.

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

If you are interested in receiving OpenNebula training, check the schedule for 2015 public classes at OpenNebula Headquarters. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Events page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – January / February 2015

We want to let you know about what we are up to with the main news from the last two months regarding the OpenNebula project, including what you can expect in the following months.

Technology

The OpenNebula team released OpenNebula 4.10.2 last month. There were several affected components, ranging from drivers to the OpenNebula core as well as different Sunstone views. On the security side, a vulnerability in the xmlrpc server was patched, thanks to Dennis Felsch and Christian Mainka for reporting it. Many other bugfixes and minor improvements were made to your favourite CMP, check the complete changelog here. We would like to thank Echelon for making vCenter networking support possible in OpenNebula 4.10.2 through the Fund a Feature program.

Aiming at not missing a beat (not ever!, we just reached the 10 thousand commits mark in OpenNebula), the team also released recently the beta version of OpenNebula 4.12. you can check bugfixes and new features here. We think you will enjoy the new additions, specially the SPICE support in Sunstone, as well as the Virtual Data Center redesign. Also, showback capabilities are included in 4.12, OpenNebula will report resource usage cost, enabling the integration with chargeback and billing platforms, the possibility to flush and disable a system datastore, the introduction of Security Groups, allowing administrators to define the firewall rules and apply them to the Virtual Machines, the ability to use VXLANs in your OpenNebula infrastructure, and many more. Moreover, important new features related to the newly introduced vCenter support are available in OpenNebula 4.12: 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.

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If you ever wondered how to build a network overlay between two OpenNebula sites, or between your OpenNebula powered datacenter and any of the supported public clouds (Amazon EC2, MS Azure, IBM SoftLayer), then you are in for a treat. OpenNebula is going to participate in BEACON, the flagship european project bringing SDN and NFC advances to federatd 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. This will foster the integration of OpenNebula and the SDN OpenDaylight, which we believe are very good news. It is also in line with the results of the European Commission Workshop on Global Cloud Experimental Facilities, placing OpenNebula on networking into the cloud.

But OpenNebula 4.12 is not the only important release of 2015 to date, vOneCloud 1.2 release also hit the road recently! If you haven’t heard yet, vOneCloud is an OpenNebula distribution optimized to work on existing VMware vCenter deployments, easing the deployment of an enterprise-ready OpenNebula cloud in just a few minutes in VMware environments managed by familiar tools such as vSphere and vCenter Operations Manager, enabling cloud provisioning, elasticity and multi-tenancy features. vOneCloud 1.2 comes with new features -it is worth highlighting the automatic import of virtual machines running in a vCenter instance into vOneCloud, with zero downtime- as well as 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-.

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Community

The OpenNebula Project decided to take a step forward and change the good old mailing list to a new discourse forum as the vehicle for community support. This was a well meditated decision which we hope pleases the community, but we will also keep an open ear for alternatives!

The OpenNebula community is very engaged one and never sleeps! Check out this server for recording VM and Host monitoring traffic. Feedback on product flaws (like we receive in the mailing list and now in the new support forum) is crucial for the project. But also very important for the project is the positive feedback, like these received in twitter: blush number one and double blush number two. Keep on keeping on!

Members of the dev team get bored from time to time (not much though, too much work), a come up with amazing stuff for the community like this integration of OpenNebula and Latch.

Pushing OpenNebula to its limits is fun to watch. Like launching 100 CoreOS VMs in 3’21” -2 seconds per VM-. Woah, awesomeness should have a speed limit!

Outreach

After the second edition of the OpenNebula Conference, we are already preparing for the upcoming, third edition in Barcelona, October 2015. Interested? You are still in time for getting a good price deal for tickets. If you want to share your OpenNebula experiences, the is open as well until the end of March. Moreover, your company may be interested in the sponsorship opportunities for OpenNebulaConf 2015.

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Recently, a spanish speaking video sessions were recording capturing user experiences regarding OpenNebula, called Jornadas Rediris. If you are fluent in spanish, check the recordings because there were really good contents and insights.

We are also fostering a number of OpenNebula Technology days in several cities across the world. We will start with the Prague in the Czech Republic this 25th of March, and we plan to follow with other cities including Chicago, Dallas and Dublin. Send us an email or send it to the community discuss mailing list if you are interested in hosting a TechDay event.

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

We want to highlight the strong presence the OpenNebula project will have in the Cloud Expo Europe 2015, this 11th and 12th of March in London. 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. If you are in London, come round for some special OpenNebula talks!

If you are interested in receiving OpenNebula training, check the schedule for 2015 public classes at OpenNebula Headquarters. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Events page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula 2014: Year in Review

It’s been a fully packed year in the OpenNebula project and in the cloud computing field. The community is as healthy as ever and is driving your favourite Cloud Management Platform (CMP) to its consolidation as a real, enterprise-ready and open source alternative to transform datacenters into private clouds.

OpenNebula is really vendor-neutral, there is no hype, just a focus on real-life needs, developing the best technology, and serving our users. We think it is important to clearly state what “open”, “simple”, “scalable”, and “flexible” mean for us. Mostly because, as you well know, terms like “open-” and “open-source” are used by many vendors as a marketing tool to lock you into their own version or distribution of a hyped open-source software.

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We are also proud of being counted among the Cloud Computing pioneers. These two papers present the original internal design and architecture of the Eucalyptus and OpenNebula cloud management platforms, the very first two open source CMPs.

With 2014 coming quickly to a close, we’d like to review what this year has meant for the OpenNebula project. You have all the details about the great progress that we have seen for the OpenNebula project in our monthly newsletters.

Solving Real Needs in Innovative Ways

Three major releases were published during this past 2014: 4.6 Carina, 4.8 Lemon Slice and 4.10 Fox Fur. Moreover, three maintenance versions were released to fix bugs and polish features. Several maintenance versions of AppMarket were also released.

One of the most relevant features introduced by 4.6 Carina was the ability to create Federations of several OpenNebula instances, and their subsequent partition into Virtual Datacenters, by bounding a group of users to a set of hardware resources: the OpenNebula provisioning model is now considered mature. Also, Carina brought a new Cloud View Portal and support for OVA imports directly to an OpenNebula cloud.

The focus of 4.8 Lemon Slice was simplicity, with several improvements to the Cloud View portal (an important key in the provisioning model) like the addition of the VDC Admin View, based as well on the simplicity designs of the self service portal. The hybrid model was also extended with support for IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft Azure public clouds, and changes in the OneFlow and OneGate made possible sharing service information among VMs. Virtual Networks underwent a thorough redesign: definitions are no longer restricted to the fixed and ranged model, but rather they can include any combination of ranges to accommodate any address distribution.

4.10 Fox Fur was the latest major release of 2014, and it was a very special one, since it featured a little revolution in shape of vCenter support. It is the first OpenNebula release that allows to automatically import an existing infrastructure, since the new vCenter drivers allow to import Clusters and Virtual Machines from a vCenter installation, significantly smoothing the set up curve. Also, Fox Fur introduced an integrated tab in Sunstone to access OpenNebula Systems support and login token functionality.

We would like to thank to all code contributors and sponsors, and especially to Produban, BlackBerry and Echelon for funding several features this last year through the Fund a Feature program. We look forward to your contributions to code development!.

The New vOneCloud

4.10 Fox Fur brought VMware vCenter support to OpenNebula, and it was the seed for a new product by the OpenNebula Team: vOneCloud, a virtual appliance for vSphere that transforms an existing 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 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. 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.

2014 saw the first stable release of vOneCloud, which we believe is going to transform the way numerous VMware-based data centers perform their IT processes.

Interesting right? Try it out, it takes very little time and it is not intrusive. We look forward to your feedback!.

A Vibrant Community of Users

We’ve been rapidly growing our vibrant community of users who are supportive, engaged, and opinionated about the direction of OpenNebula ever since. Many of them have contributed new integrations with other platform components in the data center like IBM Storwize V7000 SANsalt-cloudInfiniband (SR-IOV devices)Bacula, Chef Kitchen.NET API, Nodejs, Cloud-init,  Ansible or The Foreman – just to name a few.

We are proud to confirm that the number of downloads from our repositories continue doubling each year. There are tens of thousands of deployments around the globe and OpenNebula is parked in some of the biggest organizations out there including Industry and Research leaders. This year we performed a new Cloud Architecture Survey to know about the types of OpenNebula cloud deployments and their main architectural components.

We would like to thank all our users! It is out of scope to name all new users, but we want to give a wholeheartedly warm welcome to those new users that shared their experiences through our blog: Runtastic, Avalon, China Mobile, Rentalia and BIT.nl. If you are using OpenNebula, we want to hear from you! We look forward to having more details about your deployment and experiences!. You are very welcome to contribute your integrations and experiences by writing a post in our blog or submitting your integration to the OpenNebula Add-on Catalog.

Spreading the Word

Our biggest event in 2014 was undoubtedly the OpenNebula Conf! Held in Berlin, and organized by Netways, at early December.  It featured lots of very interesting users: RedHat, Runtastic, Deloitte… Check out the videos and, more importantly, the amazing feedback gathered by the team from the OpenNebula users. This is what makes OpenNebula unique, it’s down-to-earth, user-driven model.

This year the team was very busy spreading the OpenNebula word in several events. Important events with OpenNebula representation were CeBIT 2014, FLOSS UK 2014, several CentOS Dojos (like for instance this one in Brussels, jointly with Fosdem 2014), CloudScape VI, Cloud Expo Europe, Future Internet Assembly, Closer 2014, EGI Community Forum, GigaOM StructureHostingConLOADays and many, many more! We want everyone at least to have the chance to know about what we think is the easiest to use, most powerful and definitely most enterprise ready open source CMP!.

A series of events crafted by OpenNebula are the OpenNebula TechDays. Probably the most relevant ones this year happened in both US coasts: Florida and San Francisco hosted by TransUnion|TLOxp and Hyve Solutions. Other relevant TechDays took place in Europe: Timisoara by CloudBase and Unified Post, Santiago by Agasol, Ede by BIT.nl, Barcelona by CSUC, Almendralejo by CENATIC… and much more to come in this 2015!.

We want to thank all organizations that hosted a TechDay in 2014 for their amazing hospitality and making these events a success. We are organizing the schedule of TechDays for future months, 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.

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We think it is impossible to stress too much or too often the importance of our community. THANK you all (users, developers, integrators, cloud architects, all of you!) for helping us building a great cloud management platform that solves real world problems.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you happiness and prosperity in 2015 to you and your loved ones!.

On behalf of the OpenNebula Project.

OpenNebula Newsletter – December 2014

We want to keep you up-to-date with the main news and the latest information about OpenNebula and what you can expect in the following months.

Technology

The OpenNebula team is preparing a new maintenance release for Fox Fur. OpenNebula 4.10.2 will come with several bugfixes, the complete list can be consulted here. There are several affected components, ranging from drivers to the OpenNebula core as well as new Sunstone views.

Also a new feature related to the newly introduced vCenter support will be present in this new version, the ability to manage and import vCenter Networks as OpenNebula Virtual Networks, supporting IPv4, IPv6 and Ethernet address ranges. This also means that attach and detach network interface cards is possible for vCenter VMs. We would like to thank Echelon for making this feature possible through the Fund a Feature program.

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The team (which never rests ;) ) is also working in awesome new features for the next stable release, 4.12, like this nifty SPICE support for accessing your VMs.

This month was specially important for the OpenNebula project due to the release of the first stable release of vOneCloud 1.0, a CentOS Linux virtual appliance for vSphere that contains all required OpenNebula services optimized to work on existing VMware vCenter deployments, allowing to deploy an enterprise-ready OpenNebula cloud in just a few minutes. vOneCloud is for companies that want to create a self-service cloud environment on top of their VMware infrastructure, turning infrastructures managed by already familiar VMware tools such as vSphere and vCenter Operations Manager into automated, self-service private clouds where the provisioning, elasticity and multi-tenancy cloud features are offered by OpenNebula.

Community

Our community is a healthy, vibrant and supporting, as we re discovered in this year OpenNebula Conference (read below for more details).

To name but a few, OpenNebula has recently received a new shinny addon to support the IBM Storwize V7000 SAN. This is really valuable to the OpenNebula project since it is very difficult to support any piece of hardware from the datacenter, but with the help of our community we are getting at least the important bit. Thanks for your effort!

Words of encouragement are also very welcome in the workaholics team of OpenNebula. Specially words like these which perfectly capture the philosophy that drives the OpenNebula project.

Outreach

We held the second edition of the OpenNebula Conference this past month in Berlin, Germany. A very important result of the Conference was the amazing feedback received from the important actors in this field, ie, the OpenNebula users. We wanted to summarize the requested features and comments since for us this feedback is the main driver for the following roadmaps. This is what being a user driven project mean.

You can also find in this post a summary of our experiences in the conference, as well as the videos, presentations and photos. The conference was a great success, with many interesting speakers sharing their experiences with OpenNebula. As this tweet perfectly captures it, this is the general feedback from the Conference:

#opennebulaconf my phrase of the event: @runtastic “i’m not a developer and i use @opennebula because its works!! Simple and clear!!”

We have events in schedule already for early next week, like this RedIris multi-video session with presentations around the use of OpenNebula (Disclaimer: In Spanish). We are prepping as well for the next Cloud Expo in London, next March 2015, where we will be present in one of the corners of the Open Cloud Park (of course!) with our partners CloudWeavers and ViApps, and we would also like to invite you to join us in the upcoming FOSDEM’15. Moreover, the OpenNebula project will be represented in the next VMworld Europe to be held in Barcelona next 13th-15th of October 2015.

We have upcoming TechDays in future months, if you are interested in OpenNebula you can check the project page. Send us an email or send it to the community discuss mailing list if you are interested in hosting a TechDay event.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Events page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – November 2014

We want to let you know about what we are up to with the main news from the last month regarding the OpenNebula project, including what you can expect in the following months.

Last few days have been very hectic for the OpenNebula Team due to the second edition of the OpenNebula Conference 2014. Shortly we will post a summary of our experiences in the conference, as well as the videos, presentations and photos.

Technology

As part of our commitment to deliver the best possible cloud experience, the OpenNebula team released this month the stable version Fox Fur 4.10.

A couple of weeks later a number of bugfixes were developed and some minor features as well, so a new maintenance version was also released, 4.10.1. These bug fixes covers different OpenNebula components, like for instance the command line interface, the Cloud View self service portal, OpenNebula Core and several drivers (Auth, Storage), OneFlow and more. The full list of bug fixes are displayed in the development portal.. OpenNebula 4.10.1 also comes with several new features related to the new vCenter integration that made its debut in 4.10, like encrypting password of VCenter hosts in templates, search for templates recursively in vCenter Folders and context for vCenter VMs.

This past November was particularly busy for the OpenNebula team, with the release of vOneCloud 1.0 RC, 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, allowing to deploy an enterprise-ready OpenNebula cloud just in a few minutes. vOneCloud is capable of turning infrastructures managed by already familiar VMware tools, such as vSphere and vCenter Operations Manager, into full feature clouds where the provisioning, elasticity and multi-tenancy cloud features are offered by OpenNebula.

A new maintenance version of AppMarket was also released (we’ve told you we’ve been busy), solves issues reported by the community and has been verified to work with OpenNebula 4.10.

Moreover, this last month OpenNebula turned 7 years old! And we thought it was time to revisit and explain again what “open”, “simple”, “scalable”, and “flexible” mean for us.

But the OpenNebula team never (well, almost never ;) ) rests, in a few days we will deliver a maintenance 4.10.2 release. And of course we are already working on a 4.12 release for the end of January.

Community

Our community is constantly surprising us, while at the same time creating great contents, sometimes even lowering the difficulty to understand and deploy OpenNebula, like this french tutorial explaining how to install OpenNebula in easy steps.

We want to thank Vincent for their amazing contribution of Ansible playbooks to deploy a fully functional OpenNebula cloud:

We are very pleased with both projects as they aim to keep things simple which is important to us since we are a very small team and have to move forward at a rather fast pace.

We will also give a warm welcome to the guys from Control Engineering, very glad you like OpenNebula and we are sure you will make the most out of your hardware with it.

And last but not least, we love community contributions that extend and create a rich ecosystem. A very good example comes by then hand of our friends at BlackBerry, with the release of a Test Kitchen Driver for OpenNebula.

Outreach

We held the second edition of the OpenNebula Conference this past week in Berlin, Germany. It was a great success, with amazing talks from folks from PuppetLabs, E-Post, Deloitte and many more;as well as, borrowing words from Karanbir Singh, an excellent hallway track. Shortly we will post a summary of our experiences in the conference, as well as the videos, presentations and photos.

OpenNebula team members were on the road this last month to spread the OpenNebula word. For instance, in association with the University of Extremadura an OpenNebula tutorial were given last 11 and 12 of November.

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We have upcoming TechDays in future months, if you are interested in OpenNebula you can check the project page. Send us an email to events@opennebula.org or the community discuss mailing list if you are interested in hosting a TechDay event. We would also like to invite you to join us in the upcoming FOSDEM’15, check out the details.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Events page. We have also created a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.