OpenNebula Newsletter – September 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter reflects the latest news in the OpenNebula project, the advances in the technology, the awesome community work and the dissemination efforts carried out.

This October, on the 24th to the 26th, the OpenNebulaConf 2016 will take place! Exciting keynotes by Telefonica and Akamai, among others, and lots of interesting talks of OpenNebula users willing to share their IaaS experience. There are still a few vacant slots, if you are in Barcelona around those dates, why don’t you come round and meet the OpenNebula family?

We are looking for Cloud Engineers and Developers to join our team, check this post for more details.

Technology

With the 5.2 Beta version already in the wild, the team is paying extra heed to ironing the wrinkles of the new introduced features to achieve a production grade release. Now is the time to give us feedback in the forum or through twitter, or even by email. We want to make sure that all reported bugs are fixed before Excession (5.2) hits the road.

Check out all the new excellent goodies that come with Excession:

  • New IPAM module, a general mechanism to integrate with different IPAM servers
  • Enhanced user authentication tokens, which binds to specific groups and allows to maintain different sessions with the same user account working in different projects
  • Usability improvements in Sunstone and CLI
  • VM migration between clusters
  • Better VM fault tolerance hook, easier to implement fencing
  • More secure ssh drivers to avoid compromising the front-end if a hypervisor goes rogue
  • Improvements in ec2 hybrid drivers and vCenter drivers

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Community

Partnerships like this one makes OpenNebula community great! Now VDI couldn’t be simpler.
It is also very nice to have people spreading the word all around, and if you are someone as special as our storage partners, all the better! . By the way, OpenNebula zealots, stay tuned for exciting news if you are preaching the OpenNebula world, you may be in for a surprise shortly!

Also awesome to have power users the likes of Harvard FAS Research Computing, with a great imagination. We may have found a mascot after all!

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OpenNebula community health can be measured by user meetups such as this one happening all over the world. The OpenNebula User Group from Barcelona is a great example on a very active group that this year we are proud to host within the OpenNebulaConf. Check out their excellent agenda, and register at no cost.

OpenNebula translators, please be ready since we will be shortly be announcing the call for translations (to be done through our transifex) for the stable version of Excession. Don’t worry, not as much changes as in 5.0, but still nice to count you in to make OpenNebula available in over 17 languages!

Outreach

The OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona takes place this 24th to 26th. Check out the agenda featuring interesting keynotes from industry leaders and different community sessions sharing OpenNebula experiences, as well as workshops designed to learn about different OpenNebula aspects. Register to learn how OpenNebula users deal with challenges and their solutions to complex IaaS problems. To get a feel of what the OpenNebula Conference is about, check last year’s material (talks, slides,pictures), and also see how this edition speakers are excited about sharing their thoughts.

Sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool and LINBIT as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver and Open-V as Gold Sponsors as well as Terradue and Todo En Cloud as Silver Sponsor.

The OpenNebula team will be present in the VMworld 2016 Europe, October 17 – 20, Barcelona (Fira Barcelona Gran Via). We will be featuring a vOneCloud booth, so come round to see a live demo of version 2.0.1 if you are in town, or to ask anything about all things OpenNebula.

Are you looking to get into the cloud professionally? If you are looking to work in an agile environment to develop new features and integrations and participate in the upstream community, this is your chance. Check out the OpenNebula Systems vacancies if this is the case.

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.

Our Global Team is Growing, Join Us!

OpenNebula Systems, the company behind the OpenNebula project, is hiring! The OpenNebula team needs to grow, and needs new sysadmins and developers to become part of the team. New team members will aid in building the technology that enables organizations around the world to build really-open clouds with unique, innovative features. OpenNebula users include leading companies in a wide range of industry niches, join the OpenNebula Systems team and have the chance to learn at every step of the way with people that help shape Cloud Computing every day.

We are action oriented doers and passionate about what we work on. We’re not afraid to explore, pivot, bounce and learn, and are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join our team!. We are hiring full- and partial-time employees, and although our main offices are in Boston and Madrid you can work remotely from anywhere in most of our positions. Send us your resume if you are living in the US or the EU, you know about OpenNebula, system administration, programming, cloud and virtualization, and want to collaborate with the project.

We now have two open positions:

  • Cloud Systems Developers (for programmers that know about system administration), to work in the integration, certification and support of OpenNebula. Develop new integrations, maintain the testing infrastructure, participate in the upstream community, and provide professional support, integration and deployment services to users.
  • Cloud Systems Engineers (for system administrators that know about programming), to work in the development and support of OpenNebula. Design and develop new features, prepare documentation, participate in the upstream community, consult with users and provide support.

More information in the OpenNebula Systems careers web page. Join us in our path to cloud excellence, ship is leaving port!

vOneCloud at VMworld 2016 EU in Barcelona

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Next 17th to 20th October the VMworld 2016 EU will be held in Barcelona, Spain. This is a must attend event where almost everyone with an interest in virtualization and cloud computing will be networking with industry experts.

The OpenNebula team will be present in the VMworld with a booth dedicated to showcase vOneCloud 2.0, the open source replacement for VMware vCloud. There will be a focus on new features like VMDK support, datastore and resource pool choosing and the Virtual Router functionality.

If you are planning to attend VMworld next mont, make sure you register and do not forget to come around our booth, E652. You will be able to see in a live demo how a VMware based infrastructure can be turned into a cloud with a slick, fully functional self-service portal to deliver a VM catalog to your end users, in 5 minutes!.

Open-V to Sponsor OpenNebulaConf 2016

OpenNebula Conf 2016 is getting closer and we would like to keep sharing with you the companies/projects that are sponsoring this year’s conference. Now it is time for OPEN-V, as part of our Gold Sponsors.

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If you want to participate in OpenNebulaConf and meet OPEN-V and other OpenNebula users, remember that you are still in time for getting a good price deal for tickets. Also, if your company is interested in sponsoring OpenNebulaConf 2016 there are still slots.

About Open-V

OPEN-V’s Flagship product StackMAX is a unified intelligent cloud platform managing the Cloud landscape from a single point, smartly connecting infrastructure, data, applications and business processes. StackMAX is engineered to deliver “everything as a service,” enabling enterprises to consume core business services on demand and respond / innovate faster, at unprecedented scale.

Thanks to OpenNebula project and community which has enabled OPEN-V to focus on Cloud innovation and not worry about core IAAS and orchestration services. The simple and straight forward architecture of OpenNebula with extensive documentation has enabled OPEN-V to deliver StackMAX with rock solid reliability and powerful orchestrator services towards our Global customers across varied Industries.

OPEN-V delivers StackMAX along with optional module – ContainerMAX which mainly focuses on difficulties surrounding image building, orchestration of containers, logging and monitoring them.

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Early-bird OpenNebulaConf Tickets Extended by One Week

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While early-bird ticket sales were originally scheduled to end last Friday, we’ve decided to give you one more week to save on tickets to OpenNebulaConf 2016. You now have until next Friday, September 23rd, to get your OpenNebulaConf tickets for the deeply discounted price of just €480 apiece. We won’t be extending this great opportunity again.

OpenNebulaConf is your chance to get an up-close look at OpenNebula’s latest product updates, hear the project’s vision and strategy, get hands-on tutorials and workshops, and get lots of opportunities to network and share ideas with your peers. You’ll also get to attend all the parties and after-parties to keep the networking and the good times going long after the show floor closes for the day.

Keynotes

The agenda includes four keynote speakers:

Community Sessions 

Unlike previous editions, we will have a single track with 10-minutes talks, to keep all the audience focused and interested. We have given our very best to get the perfect balance of topics. We will have talks by Unity TechnologiesStorPoolLINBITNetWays

Hands-on Workshops 

We will have four 90-minute hands-on workshops, where some of the key contributors to OpenNebula will walk attendees through the configuration and integration aspects of the main subsystems in OpenNebula:

  • Networking, NFVs and SDNs
  • Storage
  • Hypervisors and Containers
  • Security, Federation & Hybrid Hands-on Workshop

These hans-on sessions will also include 5-minute lightning talks focusing on one key point. If you would like to talk in these sessions, please contact us!

Pre-conference Tutorials 

This year we will have two pre-conference tutorials:

  • Introductory Hands-on Tutorial
  • Advanced Hands-on Tutorial

Also, your company may be interested in the sponsorship opportunities for OpenNebulaConf 2016, there are still some sponsorship slots available. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool and LINBIT as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver and Open-V as Gold Sponsor, Terradue and Todo En Cloud as Silver Sponsor, and CSUC as Community Sponsor.

We are looking forward to welcoming you personally in Barcelona!.

Open Cloud Free Session – Opennebula Barcelona User Group

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Date and Time: Mon, October 24, 2016 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

OpenNebula Barcelona User Group is a gathering of our users in Barcelona area to share best practices, discuss technical questions, network, and learn from each other and enjoy. Direct Link

Taking advantage of the Opennebula conference in Barcelona, its user group in collaboration with the Opennebula project and CSUC organizes a free open cloud session to introduce the project, share new local developments and use cases with the community and any people interested in Open Cloud topics (Free Registration).

Agenda: (Free Registration -> Register here and reserve your seat)

14:00 Welcome/Bienvenida/Benvinguda
14:05 Opennebula Project: Open Cloud in essence – Dr. Ruben Santiago Montero (Chief Technical Officer & Co-Founder)
14:30 Cloud Bursting and VMware: New Opennebula VCLOUD driver  – Jordi Guijarro (Cloud & Security Manager – CSUC)
14:50 Barcelona Users Group
15:00 ACB League use case – Joaquin Villanueva (Director of Media Technology)
15:20 UPC Research Lab (RDLAB) use case – Gabriel Verdejo (IT Manager)
15:40 University of Valencia use case – Israel Ribot (System Administrator)
16:00 Coffee & Networking
16:30 EOF

Free Registration -> Register here and reserve your seat

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OpenNebula 5.2 ‘Excession’ Beta is Out!

The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of the first beta release of OpenNebula 5.2 ‘Excession’. OpenNebula 5.2 (Excession) is the second release of the OpenNebula 5 series. A significant effort has been applied in this release to stabilize features introduced in 5.0 Wizard, while keeping an eye in implementing those features more demanded by the community.

As usual almost every component of OpenNebula has been reviewed to target usability and functional improvements, trying to keep API changes to a minimum to avoid disrupting ecosystem components. Also, new components have been added to enhance the OpenNebula experience.

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One important new module is the IPAM subsystem. In order to foster SDN integration, a important step is being able to integrate OpenNebula with existing IPAM modules, in those cases where outsourcing of IP management is required in the datacenter. Fitting in the OpenNebula architecture design principles, the IPAM subsystem interacts with IPAM servers using drives, and as such a IPAM driver lets you delegate IP lease management to an external component. This way you can coordinate IP use with other virtual or bare metal servers in your datacenter. No default integration is provided, but rather to effectively use an external IPAM you need to develop four action scripts that hooks on different points of the IP network/lease life-cycle.

Another great addition in Excession is the ability to use group bound tokens. The goal is to be able to use OpenNebula for different projects, which are identified with different groups. For instance, the same user can use OpenNebula for “WebDevelopment” project and a “BioResearch” one, for instance. This user can request a couple of tokens tied to each of these groups. Upon login with the “WebDevelopment” token, she will only be seeing resources from that particular project, and all new resources (VMs, images, networks) will be created within that group, isolating them from the “BioResearch” group. This feature is available both in the CLI and Sunstone, with helpers and dialogs to create, maintain and use the tokens.

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All the OpenNebula drivers have been improved for robustness. For instance, a new default timeout (which is configurable) has been defined to identify hanging operations and kill crashed processes. In this regard, the EC2 drivers has also been thoroughly revisited, being updated to the v2 of the aws ruby gem, ensuring compatibility with all Amazon EC2 regions. Error handling has been improved as well in the EC2 driver, adding operation retries to circumvent those situations where the EC2 API is not consistent, and adding improved logging.

Sunstone is the face of OpenNebula for both administrators and users, and hence a constant target of enhancements to improve usability. Excession brings to the cloud table stabilized features that were introduced in the Wizard maintenance releases, like for instances advanced searches (that now are maintained regardless of tab switching), labels colors and ergonomics, improved vCenter dialogs and import tables (now with feature à la Gmail), hyperlinks to access resources displayed in the info tabs, and many other minor improvements.

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There are many other improvements in 5.2 like revamped group mapping in LDAP authentication -now being dynamic mapping-, rollback mechanism in failed migrate operations, significantly improved fault tolerant hook -to provide high availability at the VM level-, improved driver timeout, vCenter storage functionality wrinkles ironed out, more robust Ceph drivers -for instance, in volatile disks-, improved SPICE support, improvements in ebtables and Open vSwitch drivers, multiple CLI improvements -imrpved onedb patch, password handling in onevcenter command, default columns reviewed in all commands- and much more. As with previous releases, it is paramount to the prject to help build and maintain robust private, hybrid and public clouds with OpenNebula, fixing reported bugs and improving general usability.

This OpenNebula release is named after the Ian M. Banks novel, a recommended read, as well as having a fitting slang meaning, “something so technologically superior that it appears as magic to the viewer.”. We are confident that OpenNebula, if not really appearing as magic, at least solves elegantly your IaaS needs.

The OpenNebula team is now set to bug-fixing mode. Note that this is a beta release aimed at testers and developers to try the new features, hence not suitable for production environments. Feedback is more than welcome for the final release.

The OpenNebula project would like to thank the community members and users who have contributed to this software release by being active with the discussions, answering user questions, or providing patches for bugfixes, features and documentation.

The group token functionality and dynamic LDAP group mapping into OpenNebula groups were funded by BlackBerry in the context of the Fund a Feature Program.

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OpenNebula Newsletter – August 2016

Read this monthly newsletter to learn about the latest developments, events and future plans in all things OpenNebula and keep up to date with the state of your favorite virtualization manager. This newsletter suffered a minor delay due to the summer holiday break, we hope you understand!

The OpenNebulaConf 2016 is around the corner! Until the 15th of this month there is still a chance to register with the early bird price. The final agenda has already been published. You may also be interested in the sponsorship opportunities.

Technology

Summer vacations are over, and the team is focused on prepping the beta of the next major OpenNebula version, 5.2. The main goal of this release is to stabilize the wealth of features introduced in 5.0, but several outstanding functionality has been introduced as well:

  • New IPAM module, a general mechanism to integrate with different IPAM servers
  • Enhanced user authentication tokens, which binds to specific groups and allows to maintain different sessions with the same user account working in different projects
  • Usability improvements in Sunstone and CLI
  • VM migration between clusters
  • Better VM fault tolerance hook
  • Improvements in ec2 hybrid drivers and vCenter drivers

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Also vOneCloud, the appliance encapsulating an OpenNebula tailored for vCenter infrastructures, has a new version as of this past month, namely version 2.0.1. vOneCloud 2.0.1 is based in OpenNebula 5.0.2 and as such it includes all the bug fixes and functionalities introduced in 5.0.2. New functionality includes resize capabilities for the Virtual Router (VR), as well as a new VR Template instantiate action and the possibility to modify cardinality of the Virtual Router HA, Sunstone labels now have colors, search users by password field, implement oneuser login in Sunstone and a service create dialog in the admin view. You are welcome to try vOneCloud out, it is fully open source and zero intrusive!

Community

We are proud to count as members of the OpenNebula community members of useful software that uses the advanced features of OpenNebula to offer top notch products, like the one developed by folks at UDS to manage VDIs.

Also proud to learn that new software being released to resource centers management support OpenNebula as part of their default distribution, like the INDIGO project does.

It is also nice to learn how OpenNebula can be integrated with other technologies to create better solutions, like with Vagrant as known by Florian.

Having people that knows the project inside out and are willing to defend it is a good motivation to keep up with the excellence of the project. Thanks Nodeweavers!

Outstanding to have people also willing to create material around OpenNebula knowledge, check this out. And being included in articles named Five open source cloud tools admins need to know makes our faces red with blush (the good kind!).

Big thumbs up to all the maintainers of the OpenNebula ecosystem for their new releases (during August, no less!). New versions of Net::OpenNebula Perl module, Test Kitchen Driver for Opennebula, the ruby gem to clean forgotten iptables rules, driver for creating OpenNebula instances in Chef Provisioning and the OpenNebula provider for Vagrant where releases this last month.

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 will take place 24 to 26 of October. Check out the agenda featuring interesting keynotes from industry leaders and different community sessions sharing OpenNebula experiences, as well as workshops designed to learn about different OpenNebula aspects.

If you are willing to attend, there is still a chance to get early bird prices until the 15th of September. Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool and LINBIT as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsor and Terradue and Todo En Cloud as Silver Sponsor. To get a feel of what the OpenNebula Conference is about, check last year’s material: (talks, slides,pictures).

This last month member of the team travelled to fabulous Las Vegas to attend the VMworld 2016 US where vOneCloud had its own booth in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. A very positive experience with lots of interest on behalf of the attendees that saw first hand how vOneCloud can be used to easily provision vCenter resources to end users through a slick self-service portal.

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The OpenNebula team will be present in the VMworld 2016 Europe, October 17 – 20, Barcelona (Fira Barcelona Gran Via). We will be featuring also a vOneCloud booth, so come round to see a live demo if you are in town, or to ask anything about all things 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.

vOneCloud 2.0.1 released!

We want to let you know that OpenNebula Systems has just announced the availability of vOneCloud version 2.0.1.

vOneCloud 2.0.1 is based in OpenNebula 5.0.2 and as such it includes all the bug fixes and functionalities introduced in 5.0.2: OpenNebula 5.0.2 Release Notes.

The following issues are noteworthy:

New functionality

Bug fixes

Additionally, the following bug fixes have been applied on top of the fixes introduced by OpenNebula 5.0.2:

  • OneGate token is not being properly generated
  • Add fallback for VM Template search in vCenter
  • Fix for CDROM detach

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OpenNebula Newsletter – July 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter, with latest developments, events and future plans for the upcoming months from the OpenNebula project. Read this newsletter to keep up to date with your favourite Cloud Management Platform.

The OpenNebulaConf 2016 will be held in Barcelona on the 24-26 of October. The final agenda has already been published, take a look at the interesting keynotes from industry leaders. You also might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities. If you are willing to attend, the early bird will be available until 15th of September.

Technology

The team is placidly sitting on the beach, sipping on a piña colada…. no is not! The OpenNebula project is always at it, fixing bugs, fine tuning the software so the user experience comes closer to perfection (or so we like to think). It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that 5.0.2 was just released, smoothing some rough around the edges introduced with all the huge list of changes introduced in 5.0 Wizard. This new maintenance release came, among others, with the following bug fixes and minor enhancements:

  • Assign IP address to PCI-passthrough devices
  • Modify cardinality of VR HA
  • New HA guide for Ubuntu
  • Groupadmin view for vCenter fixed to create new VMs
  • Tie CPU and VCPU in vCenter Cloud View
  • Enhanced searches in Sunstone
  • Implement oneuser login (login token) in Sunstone
  • VM modals fixed in Cloud View
  • Cluster ID automatic requirements now admits more than one cluster ID
  • Resize for Virtual Router disks as well as cardinality modification
  • Block password change for public users
  • Fix for several storage issues: DS monitor, vCenter upload among others
  • Fix for label display issues in Firefox

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Community

It seems like the community is also forgetting about the beach and just working hard! Well, may some of them are on the beach … and who can blame them?

In any case, valuable contributions are being made to the OpenNebula ecosystem. The OpenNebula WHCMS and Blesta modules by CubeData is a long time favorite, especially among users of OpenNebula in the hosting business, namely being able to integrate OpenNebula with a billing platform.

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 will take place 24 to 26 of October. The final agenda has already been published, take a look at the interesting keynotes from industry leaders, and to the different community sessions sharing OpenNebula experiences, and the workshops designed to learn about different OpenNebula aspects. If you are willing to attend, the early bird will be available until 15th of September. Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool and LINBIT as Platinum Sponsors, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsors and Terradue and Todo En Cloud as Silver Sponsors. If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).

Besides the TechDays already celebrated (in Kuala Lumpur, Sofia, Madrid, Dallas, TorontoCambridge, Ede, Nuremberg), this last month members of the OpenNebula team participated in a TechDay in Dublin, with an excellent turnout and very interesting talks, like the one by Stuart Kenny telling us how they use OpenNebula in the digital repository of Ireland, or John Walsh showing how they use OpenNebula at SCSS.
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Our friends at Netways also help greatly in spreading the work, kudos!. Like this presentation about OpenNebula and Foreman in the Foreman Birthday event.

Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

  • VMworld 2016 US, August 28 – September 1, Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center), Nevada, US.
  • VMworld 2016 Europe, October 17 – 20, Barcelona (Fira Barcelona Gran Via), Spain.

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.