OpenNebula 5.0.2 ‘Wizard’ Released!

A new maintenance release of the OpenNebula 5.x Wizard series, 5.0.2, has been released and is available for download.

New functionality for 5.0.2 has been introduced:

Specifically for 5.0.2, the following issues has been solved:

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vOneCloud at VMworld 2016 US in Las Vegas

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Next 28th August to 1st September the VMworld 2016 US will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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, 769. 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!.

Todoencloud 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 Todoencloud, as part of our Silver Sponsors.

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If you want to participate in OpenNebula Conf and meet Todoencloud and other OpenNebula users, remember that today is the deadline for getting a good price deal for tickets. Also, if your company is interested in sponsoring OpenNebulaConf 2016 there are still slots.

About Todoencloud

In Todoencloud, we think that the Cloud should be democratized and made simple in its day to day operation, where the language that is spoken should be the language relevant to the business and not the resources on which it is grounded. For this, we translate all our know-how and expertise as Cloud and system architects to the IT customer departments to build the resources with a particular focus on the group of its business’ applications in a specific Cloud environment or with Cloud several providers. Our cloud is Open, Isolated and Secure, thanks to OpenNebula console and its powerful and amazing functionalities

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OpenNebula Conf 2016: Agenda Available

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The OpenNebula Project is proud to announce the final agenda and line-up of keynote speakers for the fourth OpenNebula Conference to be held in Barcelona from the 24 to the 26 of October. Guided by your feedback from previous editions, we have changed the traditional format of our conference this year and have included more community sessions to learn and network.

Keynotes

The agenda includes four keynote speakers:

Community Sessions 

We had a big response to the call for presentations. Thanks for submitting a talk proposal!. Although all submissions were of very high quality and merit, only a small amount of abstracts will be presented. 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 Technologies, StorPool, LINBITNetWays

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

Besides its amazing talks, there are multiple goodies packed with the OpenNebulaConf registration. You are still in time for getting a good price deal for tickets. There is a 40% discount until July 15th.

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 as Gold Sponsor and Terradue and Todo En Cloud as Silver Sponsor.

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

 

OpenNebula Newsletter – June 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 favorite Cloud Management Platform.
The OpenNebulaConf 2016 will be held in Barcelona on the 24-26 of October. The preliminary agenda has already been published, the final version will soon be available. You might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities. Check out the list of upcoming OpenNebula TechDays to see if there is one on your doorstep that you cannot miss.

Technology

The first stable release of OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard has been published. The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of the first stable release of OpenNebula 5.0 ‘Wizard’. This major update comes with several improvements in different subsystems and components, with minimal changes in the API and the VM life-cycle states, which embodies long overdue changes but implemented to minimize the impact and ensure backwards compatibility as far as possible.

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Also, a new maintenance release 5.0.1 fixing bugs reported by the community has also been published this month, fixing fix Ceph pool names, VM Template update wizard, oned crashes when a context variable contains a filter, PCI element in KVM deployment file, better checks for IPv4 strings, wrong attach disk in vCenter, VM instantiate when NIC contains a fixed IP, migration for STOPPED and UNDEPLOYED states and the apptemplate generation. We would like to thanks all members of the community that contributed hugely with their evaluation of the beta, RC and final stable version and provided feedback on it.
Based on 5.0 Wizard, also a new release of vOneCloud, 2.0, is available for download. vOneCloud is an OpenNebula distribution optimized to work on small VMware vCenter deployments. This new release of the appliance, based on a tailored version of OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard to ease the provisioning of resources from vSphere based infrastructures, comes packed with exciting new features:

  • Datastore and VMDK image management, as well as import.
  • New Virtual Router Resource, to allow routing between isolated virtual networks.
  • More flexible vCenter VM naming, with a configurable prefix.
  • New resource pool mode, with the ability to select in which resource pool a particular VM is confined.
  • New OneFlow templates operations, like the ability to clone existing service templates.
  • Keep disks on done, to avoid deleting disks when the VM is terminated.
  • Instantiate to persistent, to easily create a rich VM Template catalog.
  • Dynamic VM reconfiguration, that can be performed while the VM is running or powered off.

Community

We cannot emphasise this enough. The OpenNebula community is continuously contributing to the OpenNebula maturity and success, and we would like to thank you all for your excellent feedback on the several betas and RC of 5.0 Wizard.
Also, the amazing job of the different translators has enabled the availability of the Sunstone web interface to 20 different languages. Kudos to you!
The community shows its engagement in integrations like this one between OpenNebula and the Happy module by EOLE team, GO bindings for the OpenNebula Cloud API (OCA) by Megam and OpenNebula and Foreman by Netways. This enriches the OpenNebula ecosystem and shows its health, thanks!
Also important is to spread the word, with initiatives like users groups and local meetups and workshops. Also welcome are reviews in blogs, like this one about vOneCloud 2.0 (In French), or this excellently crafted post on OpenNebula and Docker Swarm with consul.
And, as usual, is very good to be reminded about nice things, like for instance the amount of years we’ve been working to make OpenNebula a mature product that you can find today.

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 will take place 24 to 26 of October. The preliminary agenda has already been published, the final version will soon be available. If you are willing to attend, the early bird will be available until 15th of July. 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.
If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).
OpenNebula participated in the OpenExpo at Madrid, an event to promote and evaluate solutions and tendencies in the FLOSS industry. Members of the OpenNebula teams gave talks about the project and interesting integrations like Docker.

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OpenNebula also participated in the DINSIC meeting, where a work group decides which open source technologies they recommend for public french ministers. It is an honor to be there!
Check out the projected OpenNebula TechDays for this year in case one is close to your location. If you are interested in participating in (or hosting) any of these TechDays agenda let us know. Besides the TechDays already celebrated (in Kuala Lumpur, Sofia, Madrid, Dallas, Toronto and Cambridge, Ede, Nuremberg), this year members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in a TechDay in Dublin. Stay tuned, there may be more in your doorstep to come!
The Nuremberg was celebrated this past month, with participation of Netways and e-Post sharing their experiences in OpenNebula

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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.

vOneCloud 2.0 Released! Turn your VMware into a Cloud

We want to let you know that OpenNebula Systems has just announced the availability of vOneCloud version 2.0.

This new release of the appliance, based on a tailored version of OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard to ease the provisioning of resources from vSphere based infrastructures, comes packed with exciting new features. Coming from functionality present in 5.0 we found:

  • Datastore and VMDK image management, as well as import.
  • New Virtual Router Resource, to allow routing between isolated virtual networks.
  • More flexible vCenter VM naming, with a configurable prefix.
  • New resource pool mode, with the ability to select in which resource pool a particular VM is confined.
  • New OneFlow templates operations, like the ability to clone existing service templates.
  • Keep disks on done, to avoid deleting disks when the VM is terminated.
  • Instantiate to persistent, to easily create a rich VM Template catalog.
  • Dynamic VM reconfiguration, that can be performed while the VM is running or powered off.
  • Share resources between logical clusters, like Virtual Networks and Datastores.

The above features and components add to the already present ability to expose a multi-tenant cloud-like provisioning layer through the use of virtual data centers and self-service portal. vOneCloud seamlessly integrates with running vCenter virtualised infrastructures, leveraging advanced features such as vMotion, HA or DRS scheduling provided by the VMware vSphere product family. If you are building a large-scale cloud, are interested in the federation of multiple cloud instances, hybrid deployments, or want to integrate with third party components, customize the product or manage open source hypervisors, we recommend an installation of OpenNebula.

vOneCloud is zero intrusive (although it fully manages the life cycle of VMs), try it out without the need to commit to it. If you don’t like it (as strange at that may be!) you can just remove the appliance.

OpenNebula Systems will run a booth at VMworld 2016 US in Las Vegas on August 28-31 and VMworld 2016 EU in Barcelona on October 17-20 where they will demo the new version.

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OpenNebula 5.0.1 ‘Wizard’ Released!

A new maintenance release of the OpenNebula 5.x Wizard series, 5.0.1, has been released and is available for download.

This release comes with the following bug fixes:

The OpenNebula team would like to thanks all members of the community that contributed hugely with their evaluation of the beta, RC and final stable version and provided feedback on it. You are the reason why OpenNebula rocks, and of course you rock as well!

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LINBIT 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 LINBIT, as part of our Platinum Sponsors.

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If you want to participate in OpenNebula Conf and meet LINBIT 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 LINBIT

LINBIT is the leading Linux based storage replication provider. They work with industry leaders from the storage and network sectors, designing next generation critical infrastructures. Major cloud solutions providers, data center operators, OEM and ISV integrators and commercial enterprises employ LINBIT’s open source software DRBD to ensure High Availability and Disaster Recovery replication. LINBIT is privately-held and headquartered in Vienna, Austria and Portland, OR.

The DRBD Software Defined Storage solution, comprised of the DRBD9 Linux kernel driver and the DRBD Manage provisioning software, can be used as image storage for OpenNebula. This makes OpenNebula’s philosophy of Infrastructure As A Service extend to another important aspect: high availability.

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OpenNebula 5.0 ‘Wizard’ is Out!

The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of the first stable release of OpenNebula 5.0 ‘Wizard’. This major update comes with several improvements in different subsystems and components, with minimal changes in the API and the VM life-cycle states, which embodies long overdue changes but implemented to minimize the impact and ensure backwards compatibility as far as possible.

A myriad of outstanding new features make their debut in Wizard. Sunstone never stops evolving, and this is the look and feel the team is most proud of to date.

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Since sharing, provisioning and consuming cloud images is one of the main concerns when using Cloud, one of the most important new features is the new revamped Marketplaces. They can be seen as external datastores, where images can be easily imported, exported and shared by a federation of OpenNebula instances.

Check the following screencast to see an overview of the revamped interface present in OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard.

Native support for Virtual Routers is also great news in 5.0. Virtual Routers are an OpenNebula resource that provide routing across virtual networks. The routing itself is implemented with a VM appliance provided by the OpenNebula installation, which can be seamlessly deployed in high availability mode. This functionality is available for the VDC administrator, which can then join together virtual networks within her VDC.

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For large scale deployments, a long overdue feature is the ability to group resources using labels, which is now present in Wizard’s Sunstone. This new feature will enable the possibility to group the different resources under a given label and filter them in the admin and cloud views.

For vCenter-based OpenNebula clouds, 5.0 is good news! Support for vCenter storage resources like Datastores and VMDKs enable a wealth of new functionality, like for instance VMDK upload, cloning and deleting, VM disk hotplug, choose Datastore for newly launched VMs and many more. Also, support for resource pools comes in this new major update, as well as the ability to instantiate to persistent (also available for KVM), all packed in an optimized driver.

There are many other improvements in 5.0, a few highlights follows. Check the full list of changes in the development portal.

  • Dynamic context regeneration
  • New host offline mode
  • Cluster resource sharing
  • VM configuration update
  • Renamed VM life-cycle
  • Support for DB change
  • Improved KVM, vCenter, and datastore monitoring
  • Better VNC port number assignment
  • Dynamic security groups
  • Updated instance types for the supported public clouds
  • Improved LVM drivers
  • Enabling use of Ceph without a shared filesystem for system datastore
  • A humongous number of improvements in all areas and dialogs in Sunstone
  • Enhanced OneGate component to report application metrics
  • As usual, great effort was put in this release 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 NGC 7380 (also known as the Wizard Nebula), an open cluster also known as 142 in the 1959 Sharpless catalog (Sh2-142). This reasonably large nebula is located in Cepheus. It is extremely difficult to observe visually, usually requiring very dark skies and an O-III filter.

OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard is considered to be a stable release and as such, and update is available in production environments.

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.

Virtual Routers functionality was funded by Unity in the context of the Fund a Feature Program. Host offline mode, Marketplace, cluster resource sharing and Ceph as system datastore functionalities were funded by BlackBerry in the context of the Fund a Feature Program.

Supporting Quotes

“OpenNebula has been growing with our needs for private cloud management and with version 5.0 some very essential features like Virtual Routers, dynamic security groups, redesign on the way networks are defined, and much more are added. All of which enables us to scale
our private cloud even more.”
— Karsten Nielsen – Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations at Unity

“OpenNebula, being a lightweight enterprise ready open-source cloud management orchestrator, has taken our global private cloud to the next level and is fundamental into our continuous innovation and customer satisfaction. By upgrading to OpenNebula 5.0 we’ll be bringing in over 100 new features, particularly the redesigned Marketplace along with the enhanced storage drivers crucial for a faster delivery platform.”
— Khoder Shamy – Sr. Infrastructure Architect at Fuze

“We at Runtastic love the flexibility and simplicity of Opennebula. We don’t need to be experts on the topic, it simply works and does what it should. Now we are looking forward to using the new features of the upcoming Opennebula 5.0, specially using Ceph as a system datastore will ease usage and maintenance even more! Thx for the work guys!.”
— Armin Deliomini – Infrastructure Architect at Runtastic

“OpenNebula proved to be very handy to start from scratch, allowing us to reach a “cloud ready” status almost in a blink of an eye. Straightforward to deploy and to maintain, easy to customise and to tailor to our needs. After providing our customers with thousands of VMs by means of the ONE 4.x series, we’re looking forward to the new 5.0 release. The usual stability and smoothness in an up-to-date version of the cloud middleware we rely on.”
— Dr. Helmut Heller – Head of the Distributed Resources Group at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre

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Terradue 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 Terradue, as part of our Silver Sponsors.

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If you want to participate in OpenNebula Conf and meet Terradue 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 Terradue

 Terradue was founded in 2006 as a European Space Agency (ESA) spin-off. Our mission is to innovate data integration and analysis Cloud services for Earth Sciences. Today, user communities working on Terradue Cloud Platform contribute to research ecosystems where public and private sectors jointly develop skills for the new digital, computational science. Our flagship solution for massive processing of Earth Observation data is orchestrated using OpenNebula. Terradue’s Private Cloud is also using OpenNebula for its very effective, customizable cloud technology. As an open source project, OpenNebula offers a strong vehicle to contribute enhancements, and build dedicated solutions for our customers. Terradue is an OpenNebula Partner since 2013, from which we appreciate direct interactions with support, well-established branding rules, a joint vision to develop OpenNebula markets, and good visibility on the OpenNebula roadmap. At the OpenNebula Conference 2016, we will also present our future endeavours in building Digital Marketplaces, allowing user communities to cross-fertilize cloud-enabled tools and data repositories for Earth Sciences.

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