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.

OpenNebula Newsletter – October 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. We are excited about China Mobile’s impressive announcement of their Mobile Cloud based on OpenNebula! Read below.

Technology

Winter is coming, be prepared with the warm Fox Fur of the new stable release of OpenNebula: 4.10. Did you have a chance to try it out yet? We would love to hear your feedback, so we have time to include possible changes in the next maintenance release. You can reach us through the user mailing list, praise is also welcome! But we do not kick back and coast, and we have already started work that will eventually lead to OpenNebula 4.12.

This release ships with several improvements in different subsystems and components. But probably the most important novelty is the new integration with VMware vCenter. OpenNebula 4.10 is able to interact with a farm of ESX servers without contacting them individually, but rather through their associated vCenter. This turns Fox Fur in 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.

Adding to the above, this integration will leverage vCenter advanced features such as vMotion, HA or DRS scheduling provided by the VMware vSphere product family. OpenNebula will expose on top of existing vCenter clusters a multi-tenant, cloud-like provisioning layer, offering virtual data centers, datacenter federation or hybrid cloud computing to connect in-house vCenter infrastructures with public clouds. In this manner, adopters will take a definitive step toward liberating their stack from vendor lock-in.

Fox Fur also introduces an integrated tab in Sunstone to access OpenNebula Systems professional support, avoiding disruption of work and enhancing productivity. Moreover, several improvements are scattered across every other OpenNebula component: improvements in the hybrid drivers, including better Sunstone support, improved auth mechanisms (login token functionality) and many bugfixes stabilizing features introduced in Lemon Slice.

Community

Recently, China Mobile announced in our blog their cloud based on OpenNebula. We are very excited to see a project of the scale and importance of using OpenNebula as the base of their infrastructure, leveraging the matureness of your favourite CMP with a well proven infrastructure set up:

the platform has been running for two years and proven to be stable enough to manage more than 600 physical servers and thousands of VMs

Our community has been very active this last month. For instance, do you like Ansible and OpenNebula? Look no further! Read here how this two proven technologies play with each other, thanks to Vincent Vanderkussen. Are you instead living on a Windows world, and like .NET? Play with OpenNebula as well thanks to our partners at Terradue.

OpenNebula keeps growing in Croatia, with a new web hosting company presenting their Win VPSs based on ONE. Also, It’s always refreshing to see how OpenNebula is helping people, thanks Daniel for sharing! Spanish speakers can dwell into this study, placing OpenNebula as the only european open source technology to build clouds.

Comparing with others is always a healthy exercise, check out Carlo view on OpenNebula and OpenStack.

Outreach

This year’s OpenNebula Conference, to be held in Berlin 2-4 of December, 2014 is round the corner. Check the final agenda at the conference page, with folks from PuppetLabs, E-Post, Deloitte and many other companies sharing their experiences with production clouds based on OpenNebula. Moreover, check out the venue for the evening event, and register soon if you like it since there are few places available.

Last but not least, if you are interested in reaching a wide cloud audience, check the sponsorship opportunities for the OpenNebula Conference 2014.

If you live in Spain, and around Extremadura, do not miss out the OpenNebula course next 11th and 12th of this month.

OpenNebula team members were on the road this last month to spread the OpenNebula word. For instance, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, a TechDay was held with Agasol, with great audience response. We learned for instance how the Supercomputing Center of Galicia (CESGA) is using a hybrid OpenNebula cloud.

OpenNebula was present in Europe ICT Proposer’s Day. We were also present in the spanish Digital Agenda Day, where both the OpenNebula project and OpenNebula Systems expressed their inconditional love for open source technologies.

In our mission of spreading we went to Düsseldorf for the LinuxCon Cloud Open. And held another Tech Day in Barcelona, where a great and numerous audience learned about OpenNebula.

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We have more upcoming TechDays in future months, if you are interested in OpenNebula you can check the project page.

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 – September 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.

Technology

The OpenNebula Team is working full steam ahead towards the 4.10 version, in order to improve features launched in Lemon Slice and include some new ones of its own.

Probably the most important novelty would be complete integration with VMware vCenter. OpenNebula 4.10 will be able to interact with a farm of ESX servers without contacting them individually, but rather through their associated vCenter. This has been requested many times, specially from corporate institutions where security and simplicity of management is a must have. This feature is still on the works, but it already have some killer characteristics like clusters and VM template automatic import from an existing vCenter set up with no downtime!

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Other aspects we are polishing is the network subsystem, with security improvements made to reservations and VNETs and the authorization subsystem -it will be possible to create short lived tokens to login into OpenNebula-. We would like to thank BlackBerry for their support funding these features. Moreover, a myriad of bugs are being addressed to make the upcoming 4.10 release rock solid. You can check the list of targeted bugs and desired features tackled for OpenNebula 4.10 in the development portal.

This last month the OpenNebula Team released a new version of the AppMarket, compatible with OpenNebula 4.8 that also solves issues reported by the community.

Community

More than 2,000 users took part of the project’s last survey. Thanks to all the people that provided this valuable feedback, this information is key to keep improving your favourite CMP.

The survey shows some interesting facts, for instance that OpenNebula has been downloaded more than 200,000 times from the project site. Also, that most of the installations are to build private clouds as well as (and we take huge pride in this), more than half are used to run production workloads. We are really happy with so many people trusting their sensitive data and computations to OpenNebula! There are lots of good information about how the OpenNebula cloud world is shaped, take a look and let us know if you have any hindsights or you want to comment about it.

Autumn is here, and it shows as more and more people stays indoors and occasionally praise OpenNebula. Also, they go out and talk about integrations, like for instance this talk about OpenNebula and Puppet, killer combination. Our friend Carlo Daffara keeps pushing OpenNebula to its limits, and we are extremely grateful for that, as well as for the comparison with other CMPs.

Are you Perl savvy? Check out this perl library to access OpenNebula RPC interface!

Outreach

This year’s OpenNebula Conference, to be held in Berlin 2-4 of December, 2014 is approaching fast. The final agenda is now available at the conference page. This years will offer the chance to learn how folks from PuppetLabs, E-Post, Deloitte and many other companies are using OpenNebula. Moreover, check out the venue for the evening event, lush isn’t it?. If you want to repeat or find out how it is for yourself, save the date and register!.

Moreover, if you are interested in reaching a wide cloud audience, check the sponsorship opportunities for the OpenNebula Conference 2014.

You may be interested in how the jointly OpenNebula TechDay held last month went in Timisoara, Romania, a great success with a great audience!.

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Our project director went to give a talk on OpenNebula and it’s benefits for SMEs on Extremadura, a region of Spain traditionally very friendly towards open source. We would like to thank CENATIC for inviting us!

We have upcoming TechDays in future months, if you are interested in OpenNebula you can check the project page. The next TechDay would be held in beautiful Santiago de Compostela, with local government and scientific computer science institution giving talks about their use of OpenNebula.

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 – August 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.

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. Doing so you will have influence over the project and software direction, and will help us improve the support for most demanded infrastructure platforms and configurations.

Technology

This summer month of August has been the host for the new, shiny and latest release of OpenNebula: 4.8 Lemon Slice. Did you try it out? We would love to hear your feedback, so we have time to include possible changes in the next maintenance release. You can reach us through the user mailing list, give it a spin!

This new version of OpenNebula comes with several goodies that we would like to highlight. Sticking with our vision of bringing simplicity to cloud management, this release comes with improvements in the recently added Cloud View portal, now with the ability to control flows, as well with a new interface designed for Virtual Datacenter administrators (VDCAdmin View).

Another important addition happened in the domain of cloudbursting: support for two new public cloud providers (Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer) has been added, widening the range of possibilities to offload VMs in case the local infrastructure is saturated. Moreover, Virtual Networks underwent a thorough redesign, now their definition is no longer restricted to the fixed and ranged model, but rather they can include any combination of ranges to accommodate any address distribution. Dig in to see all the nuts and bolts!

“OpenNebula 4.8 is helping us fulfil one of the most important needs of our users: a simple and unified deployment cycle in all of our environments, including a transparent hybrid cloud integration with the main public cloud providers. I would like to thank C12G for their Fund a Feature program,” said Daniel Concepcion, IT Managing Director at Produban.

”By offering support for Microsoft Azure in OpenNebula 4.8, we’re further simplifying the developer experience across Microsoft’s private, public and hosted cloud platforms,” said Gianugo Rabellino, Senior Director of Open Source Communities at Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. “The Azure drivers in OpenNebula are certified to ensure compatibility, providing developers with a solution that will work now, and in the future.”

So now is time to stand back and let you ride the Lemon Slice, let us know how is doing. Meanwhile, we will be busy (as always!) carefully planning the roadmap for the next stable release (yes, we are relentless!). Curious on how we define the roadmap? Take a look at this page, where you can also find how to contribute to the list of features that will be tackled in this next release.

Community

Even for a traditionally quiet month as it is usually the case with August, the OpenNebula community hasn’t stop buzzing. It’s really nice to have you there folks.

A nice OpenNebula Cookbook for Chef was released by Vaamo. These recipes go a long way for deploying and setting up a cloud infrastructure based on OpenNebula.

It is worth also pointing out that OpenNebula scored 3rd in the Top IaaS Open Source projects, in a survey conducted by The New Stack and Linux.com, as presented recently in the CloudOpen in Chicago. We want to point out that, according to this, OpenNebula is also the 1st vendor-free IaaS Open Source project, as well as the 1st non-US project of its kind. Way to go OpenNebulers!

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It is also nice to become aware of more business powering their solutions with OpenNebula. And if they top it with an explanation of why they chose your favorite CMP, then kudos and let us wish all the best.

The community being great can also be deduced from excellent posts such as the one by AZNS, covering with great detail the datacenter federation capabilities of OpenNebula, including internal design, deployment recommendations and, overall, perfectly grasping the philosophy of this new feature.

Feedback from the community has started trickling. And seriously, we want to thank all of you for this, it is an essential part of the process that makes OpenNebula a mature technology as it is today. For instance, we love to be aware of any member of the community becomes aware of a new functionality (we blush!) , but, even more than this, we appreciate all the detailed bug reports done through any of the channels, being Twitter, the OpenNebula users mailing list and the development portal. Also, extensive testing and benchmarking as performed by key members of the community is more than welcome, keep it up!

Outreach

This year’s OpenNebula Conference, to be held in Berlin 2-4 of December, 2014 is approaching fast. The final agenda is now available at the conference page. This years will offer the chance to learn how folks from PuppetLabs, E-Post, Deloitte and many other companies are using OpenNebula. Moreover, check out the venue for the evening event, lush isn’t it?. If you want to repeat or find out how it is for yourself, save the date and register!.

Members of the OpenNebula team participated in August in a Centos Dojo in Cologne. Also, a Centos Dojo was held in Paris, and we also participated there. Check out what went on on those events.

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We have upcoming TechDays in future months, if you are interested in OpenNebula you can check the project page to find out if we are travelling somewhere near you: Timisoara, Barcelona, Chicago, Aveiro, Munich … and many more to come! As a bonus, both the Timisoara and Barcelona TechDays will be jointly held with the CentOS Dojo.

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 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. This month’s newsletter is slightly overdue because the team has been 100% dedicated to the release.

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. Doing so you will have influence over the project and software direction, and will help us improve the support for most demanded infrastructure platforms and configurations.

Technology

This past month, the OpenNebula team had only one, well defined focus: a new stable release. After one beta version, the team is very proud of the release of OpenNebula 4.8, codenamed Lemon Slice. This release brings significant improvements in different aspects. Sticking with our vision of bringing simplicity to cloud management, this release comes with improvements in the recently added Cloud View portal, now with the ability to control flows, as well with a new interface designed for Virtual Datacenter administrators (VDCAdmin View).

The hybrid model has been one of the principal actors of Lemon Slice. Support for two new public cloud providers (Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer) have been added, widening the range of possibilities to offload VMs in case the local infrastructure is saturated. The hybrid model in OpenNebula enables a centralized management of both local and remote resources for the cloud administrator, and a transparent consumption of these resources by the end user. With these two new additions, OpenNebula is increasing the possibilities to build powerful, robust, cost and performance efficient cloud infrastructures across administrative domains and public cloud providers.

The OneFlow component also has been improved, specially OneGate, making sharing service information among VMs possible. Flows are now easier than ever to build and consume, since details like the virtual network the flow are going to use are defined later by the user, so the administrator doesn’t have to deal with all the possible combinations.

Moreover, Virtual Networks underwent a thorough redesign. Definition of virtual networks are no longer restricted to the fixed and ranged model, but rather they can include any combination of ranges to accommodate any address distribution. Moreover, end users can now reserve a range or IP addresses for their own use at a later time.

Finally, several improvements are scattered across every other OpenNebula component: improvements in quotas management, multi boot available through Sunstone, availability of Windows contextualization packages, new raw device mapping datastore, better Ceph drivers, possibility to clone images across datastores …. ladies and gentlemen, you are in for a treat.

Community

This month has been specially interesting for the movement in the OpenNebula community. Most noticeable, without doubt, is the announcement by two computer industry giants such as Microsoft and IBM of their collaboration with the OpenNebula project.

Microsoft announced in the OSCON 2014 their willingness to tightly collaborate with OpenNebula in order to build Microsoft Azure support within your favourite Cloud Management Platform.

On the other hand, IBM SoftLayer announced in their blog their support for extending OpenNebula hybrid model to be able to outsource VM workload to the SoftLayer cloud. Their interest comes from existing SoftLayer users that seek to complement their public cloud with in house private clouds run by OpenNebula:

Some of our largest customers have already begun using OpenNebula to manage their hybrid cloud environments, so official support for the SoftLayer cloud in OpenNebula is a huge benefit to them (and to us)

Needless to say, we are really excited about this collaborations: building hybrid clouds with OpenNebula is now richer and more powerful than ever.

The community is determined to make the OpenNebula team happy with these little pearls: OpenNebula 4.6.2 cloud running on ARM board of Android TV stick. We want to give a big thanks from here to Carlo Daffara and Vincent V.d. Kussen for their intensive testing, pushing OpenNebula to its limits. Appreciate that! We also appreciate mini tutorials to start using OpenNebula, like this one.

Special thanks are due to the Terradue folks for .NET API to the OpenNebula world. Also, it is very interesting the integration between OpenNebula and Bacula proposed by Rentalia.

Check out the comparative made by Bitergia in the OSCON about the OpenNebula project and its codebase, it is pretty interesting.

We want to thank the community for their feedback, which has proven to be a very important asset turning the beta 4.8 version into the stable Lemon Slice that has been just released. You are the real MVP!

Outreach

As usual, first things first, this year’s OpenNebula Conference will be held in Berlin as well, 2-4 of December, 2014. The final agenda is now available at the conference page. This years will offer the chance to learn how folks from PuppetLabs, E-Post, Deloitte and many other companies are using OpenNebula. If you want to repeat or find out how it is for yourself, save the date and register!

OpenNebula Project Director gave several seminars on cloud computing Berkeley and Stanford this last month. Also, members of the OpenNebula team participated in July in a Centos Dojo in Cologne.

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We have upcoming TechDays in future months, if you are interested in OpenNebula you can check the project page to find out if we are travelling somewhere near you: Timisoara, Barcelona, Chicago, Aveiro … and many more to come!!

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 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.

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. Doing so you will have influence over the project and software direction, and will help us improve the support for most demanded infrastructure platforms and configurations.

Technology

OpenNebula 4.8 is steadily approaching the feature freeze phase, to start the certification process. The OpenNebula team is pretty serious about delivering a beta version of your favourite Cloud Management Platform in a couple of weeks!

This release will polish past features as well as address those left aside in OpenNebula 4.6 Carina. The main focus is twofold. On the one hand, OpenNebula 4.8 is going to address simplicity. OpenNebula is already by far in a unique position among its peers in simplicity: simple to install, simple to configure, simple to use. It is indeed one of the design principles behind OpenNebula, as explained in this post about the OpenNebula vision. The team is decided to keep this simplicity and to extend it. A good example of this is the extension of the Cloud Admin view, with support now for vDC administrators (see below a sneak peek), intended to make Virtual Datacenters easy to manage and consume. Check out the complete list of issues the team is working on for this upcoming release.

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On the other hand, OpenNebula 4.8 will bring an important improvement to the hybrid model. Aside from the possibility to outsource VMs to Amazon EC2, this new release will bring the ability to manage VMs in both IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft Azure. We are excited to be collaborating with these two great companies. You can check here the announcement in the SoftLayer blog of the integration, and here is the branch with the prototype integration. The same plan applies to Microsoft Azure, a partnership will be announced soon and a prototype’s code is already in the OpenNebula repository.

Also, and as part of our commitment with the latest stable version, OpenNebula 4.6.2 was released. This release comes with several bug fixes found after the latest release, the one worth highlighting being the security vulnerability in Sunstone. Thanks to Dennis Felsch and Mario Hei­de­rich from Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security, Ruhr-University Bochum for telling us about it. You should upgrade your installation to prevent unauthorised access.

Last, but by far not least, we wanted to point the benefits of running OpenNebula versus vCloud. So if you are evaluating both alternatives to manage your infrastructure, we are sure you will find this post an interesting read. In a nutshell, using OpenNebula leverages existing VMware infrastructure, protecting IT investments, and at the same time avoids future vendor lock-in, strengthening the negotiating position of the enterprise.

Community

Feedback from the community has proven to be critical, specially this last month thanks to the vulnerability discovered by folks at Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security, Ruhr-University Bochum. This feedback was crucial in releasing OpenNebula 4.6.2.

The community also excels at providing new and better ways to manage an OpenNebula cloud. This past month, a new plugin for Knife (a command-line tool that provides an interface between a local chef-repo and the Chef server) was released by our friends at Megam.

OpenNebula is proving steadily as a very good solution for hosting infrastructures. We traveled to Zagreb, Croatia, to be part of the presentation of the new OpenNebula cloud built by AVALON hosting. A fine press release with the CEO of Avalon, the IBM director of Croatia, and Microsoft MVPs, as well as members of the OpenNebula team. Also, folks from HostColor have announced this past month a new datacenter in Indiana running OpenNebula.

It is very important to keep the add-ons catalog up to date, that’s why we deeply appreciate keeping them working with the latest versions of OpenNebula, like David Macleod did this month with the Infiniband (SR-IOV devices) support.

It is very pleasing as well to see that OpenNebula goes a long way into cloud computing research. Guys at MIMOS, the Malaysian national R&D center, are basing their cloud infrastructure in OpenNebula, using Ceph as the storage backend.

We are very proud of the OpenNebula community, as well as very happy to see that is a very healthy and supportive one, as proven by it’s ever growing population.

Outreach

As usual, first things first, this year’s OpenNebula Conference will be held in Berlin as well, 2-4 of December, 2014. If you want to repeat or find out how it is for yourself, save the date! The Call for Papers and early registration prices are open until the 15th of July, don’t say we didn’t told you!

Last month we organised two successful OpenNebula TechDays in both US coasts. We had the chance to share new features of OpenNebula 4.6 with the attendees and have them build a fully working private cloud in just a matter of hours, as well as interesting talks, ranging from PaaS solutions based on OpenNebula: Megam – Cloud orchestrator for OpenNebula, open hardware initiatives which are a great match for OpenNebula: OCP Open Rack, the renowned distributed object-store: Ceph for Cloud and Virtualization environments and more use cases. We want to give a big thanks to the hosts: TransUnion|TLOxp and Hyve Solutions for their amazing hospitality, organization and making these events a success! Upcoming TechDays include Timisoara in September and Barcelona in October, and they will be collocated with the CentOS Dojo.

Check out the OpenNebula presentation given this last month by Martin Alfke in the Hamburg German Unix User Group. Moreover, if you are fluent in German, do not miss the The Foreman and OpenNebula webinar given by Netways. Moreover, do not miss the talk given by our Project Director at Berkeley Lab, on bringing bringing private clouds to HPC environments with OpenNebula.

Members of the OpenNebula team were also present in the GigaOM: Structure 2014 in San Francisco, as well as the HostingCon 2014 in Florida.

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 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.

But, before we start, credit where it’s due. Check out this post highlighting two papers presenting the original internal design and architecture of the Eucalyptus and OpenNebula cloud management platforms. Really proud to be there for our users from the very beginning of Cloud Computing!

Technology

The OpenNebula team is preparing the next upcoming release (yes, we are relentless!), currently discussing the roadmap taking into account the user’s feedback. This release will polish past features as well as address those left aside in OpenNebula 4.6 Carina. One of the main features would be a new graphic interface for the Virtual Datacenter administrators (sneak peek below).

 

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Also, hybrid cloud support will be addressed, with two new plugins on the works. A partnership with IBM/SoftLayer has been announced this last month, and a prototype to manage SoftLayer Virtual Guests using OpenNebula is on the works. The same plan applies to other leading cloud provider, a partnership will be announced soon and a prototype will be ready shortly! Good news for the community, more choice to the cloud users and administrators. And did we say relentless? More partnerships and more public cloud provider support are being crafted ….

Meanwhile, and as part of our commitment with the latest stable version, OpenNebula 4.6.1 Carina was released. This release (4.6.1) comes with several bug fixes found after the latest release, namely bug that prevented VM monitoring information purge (which increased exponentially the disk usage in the OpenNebula front-end) and a Xen related bug affecting VNC. Moreover, OpenNebula 4.6.1 brings a new long overdue feature to the table: accounting information in Sunstone!. Isn’t it pretty?


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Two new versions of the excellent Addon, AppMarket 2.0 and AppMarket 2.0.1 were released. These releases are part of the AppMarket 2.0.x series, which extends the AppMarket functionality by adding a new set of features that enables the management and processing of OVA files. A new component AppMarket Worker is introduced, which handles the OVA package treatment (download, unpack, OVF parsing) and image format conversion. This release also features a new API, a new simplified import dialog, a new AppMarket interface via Sunstone, and handles VMware and VirtualBox OVAs.

Community

OpenNebula community has been very active, producing high quality feedback to iron out the wrinkles in OpenNebula 4.6. This feedback was crucial in releasing OpenNebula 4.6.1, which fix bugs present in the first Carina version. It seems that the upgrade process is streamlined (as stated here,here and here ;) ), and overall the feedback on the new version was very positive!

It is also worth highlighting the smallest box containing a full fledged OpenNebula cloud. It is small, it is powerful, it is pretty: meet the smallest Cloud Weavers!.

Also, this kind of feedback from the OpenNebula users makes us blush and happy, and willing to keep OpenNebula in the right track!

A very cool integration between OpenNebula and The Foreman has been developed by the guys at Netways. It can be used to deploy virtual machines within OpenNebula using the Foreman interface which configures DNS,DHCP,PXE,Puppet and so on as well. The functionality is covered by using and extending the ruby fog library.

It is also very nice to find out that the European Grid Infrastructure counts with OpenNebula in their plans involving cloud technologies and infrastructures ;)

Outreach

As usual, first things first, this year’s OpenNebula Conference will be held in Berlin as well, 2-4 of December, 2014. If you want to repeat or find out how it is for yourself, save the date! The Call for Papers and early registration prices are open until the 15th of July, don’t say we didn’t told you!

Last month we organized a Hands-on Tutorial in the EGI Community Forum, Helsinki, Finland. On the same event, a workshop about cloud architecture was held, where users shared their experiences with OpenNebula.

Another, more complete, 2 days OpenNebula administration course was given in Madrid, Spain, jointly with CENATIC. Also last month, guys from OneInsight presented their visualization plugin for OpenNebula in the CentOS Dojo in Lyon. Check it out here. This year’s LinuxTag also featured OpenNebula, The Foreman and CentOS, this time presented by guys at inovex, and your favorite CMP was also presented in the Secure Linux Administration Conference 2014.

We are setting up a number of OpenNebula TechDays around the world. These events are designed to learn about OpenNebula with a hands-on cloud installation and operation workshop, and presentations from community members and users. If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring one, let us know!. There will be two OpenNebula TechDays in the upcoming months in the USA, covering both the east and the west coast. The one in Florida will take place in Boca Raton the 19th of June, hosted by TransUnion, whereas the west coast will be covered by the Bay Area Techday the 24th of June, hosted by Hyve, which includes an exciting tour around the manufacturing plant of Facebook production racks. These events have so far confirmed speakers from IBM, inktank/RedHat and, of course, form the OpenNebula Project.

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.