OpenNebulaConf 2016: Agenda and Call for Speakers

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As you may already know, this year OpenNebulaConf is taking place in Barcelona again, on October 24-26.  If you are willing to attend and can save now the date you can take advantage of a 40% discount in your Conf tickets until mid July.

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. We have just published a preliminary agenda with the main sessions.

Tutorials

There will be three pre-conference tutorials in the afternoon of October 24th:

  • OpenNebula Introductory Tutorial
  • OpenNebula Advanced Tutorial
  • Invited Tutorials (to be announced)

Keynotes

During the conference, we will have four keynotes. In a few days we will announce our impressive line-up of keynote speakers.

Community Sessions => CALL FOR SPEAKERS!

The Conference includes several community sessions:

OpenNebula User Workshops with presentations by community members describing aspects related to their use of OpenNebula:

  • Research projects
  • User experiences
  • Case studies
  • Best practices
  • Any other topics that you feel are relevant to users, administrators, and architects

Hands-on Workshops with presentations by community members related to storage, hypervisors, networking, federation and security with OpenNebula:

  • Deployment scenarios
  • Integration
  • Tuning & debugging
  • Best practices
  • Any other topics that you feel are relevant to developers and integrators

The Call for Speakers is open until June 24th, 2016. Speakers will receive a 50% discount in their registration to the conference.

If you want to get an idea of the past OpenNebulaConf sessions, including talks from companies such as CentOS, Runtastic, Puppet Labs, Cloudweavers, RedHat, Produban, Unity, Deutsche Post, please check our Youtube channel or download the presentations from our SlideShare account.

The agenda also includes new sessions to Meet the Experts, aimed at providing an informal atmosphere where delegates can interact with experts who will give their undivided attention for knowledge, insight and networking.

Sponsorship Opportunities => CALL FOR SPONSORS!

You can learn about the different sponsorship opportunities at the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsor and Terradue as Silver Sponsor.

And last, but not least, do not forget the main reason that allows these conferences to exist! Check out our evening events in prime locations of Barcelona, the city that never sleeps.

OpenNebula Newsletter – May 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.
There are new dates for the OpenNebulaConf 2016, now it starts one day before, October 24-26, in Barcelona. You might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities. Final touches are being given to the agenda, which will be published soon. The very early bird registration has been extended until 15th of June. Also, check out the list of upcoming OpenNebula TechDays to see if there is one on your doorstep that you cannot miss.

Technology

OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard is around the corner! With the Beta version released recently, the team is baking a release candidate, and is planning a final stable Wizard release for mid June. Wizard is in feature freeze, and the effort is focused on solving bugs. We appreciate your feedback if you have the time to try out the Beta version!
This are the highlighted gems that you can find in Wizard:

  • revamped Marketplace, now a first class citizen in OpenNebula, to import/export images to and from any datastore (including the new vCenter datastores)
  •  vCenter storage management, including datastore selection, disk hotplug, vmdk creation, cloning and deletion; and full integration with the new Marketplace functionality. Also, vCenter resource pool selection for deployed VMs will be possible.
  •  fully integrated virtual router management (including default and transparent HA for routers). Link virtual networks together using a robust HA router, that will come out of the box in OpenNebula
  •  revisited Sunstone style and interface changes (sneak peek), including an extension of the Cloud View available operations, to iron out the wrinkles in the user experience
  •  instantiate to persistent! Do not lose your VM changes, OpenNebula will create a new VM Template and preserver the disks of a VM, even if they are non-persistent.

Check the full list of feature in the development portal.

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A great effort has been put in the new documentation. The new documentation focus on the cloud architects, admins and end users, and extra care has been taken in separating the different technologies supported by OpenNebula.
OpenNebula needs you! We are looking for translators for Sunstone. If you are a native speaker of any language other than english, we would appreciate your effort in making OpenNebula more widely adopted. It is very easy: the existing translations can be updated and new translations submitted through our project site at Transifex

Community

Members of the community has been as helpful as always. Contributing in different ways, you are the reason why OpenNebula is such a useful project.
Devuan folks have contributed a 1.0 Devuan image to the OpenNebula marketplace. Now you can try Devuan in your OpenNebula cloud, it is just a few clicks away!.
Keeping the morale high is really important, especially in hard development times such as this one (5.0 is getting this much love!). That is why getting this kind of feedback is so important, it is the fuel that keeps us going.

New Sunstone layout in @opennebula look awesome

And it is good to know that Wizard is appealing not only visually, but also feature-wise.

@opennebula beta One 4.9 replace HW router #VyOS & #OpenvSwitch, truly awesome stuff

As with translation, having material in your own language about a technology is very important to reach everyone that may be interested in it. That is why efforts like this one (in Spanish) are very, very welcome.
As usual, we want to give the thumbs up to the community for their active involvement in the OpenNebula forum, specially helping newcomers. This is very important for the adoption of the project.

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 has been rescheduled to start one day before, from 24 to 26 of October. If you are willing to attend and can save now the date you can take advantage of a 40% discount in your Conf tickets until mid June. Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsor and Terradue 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 will be sponsoring this 2nd of June the OpenExpo in Madrid, an event to promote and evaluate solutions and tendencies in the FLOSS industry. OpenNebula will have a booth in which members of the project will be presenting the new features available in the upcoming release, 5.0 Wizard; as well as give two talks about the OpenNebula technology.
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), this year members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in TechDays the following locations: Nuremberg and Dublin.
The EDE OpenNebula TechDay was a total success. Attendees learned how people from Fujitsu and the Dutch National Archive build their infrastructure, and people from Ceph explained how their technology work.

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

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 5.0 Call for Translations

Dear community,

As OpenNebula 5.0 comes closer, we would like to launch a call for translations of our web-based user interface: Sunstone.

It is very easy: the existing translations can be updated and new translations submitted through our project site at Transifex

https://www.transifex.com/opennebula

Translations reaching a good level of completion will be included in the official final release of OpenNebula. Deadline for translations is Friday, 10th of June.

Thanks for your collaboration!

OpenNebula in OpenExpo 2016, Madrid

This next 2nd of June, OpenNebula will proudly be a gold sponsor of the third edition of OpenExpo 2016, to be held in Madrid, Spain. The objective of this event is to promote and evaluate solutions and tendencies in the FLOSSS industry.

OpenExpo Web Page

OpenNebula will have a booth in which members of the project will be presenting the new features available in the upcoming release, 5.0 Wizard; as well as give two talks about the OpenNebula technology:

If you are around Madrid next week and want to learn and discuss OpenNebula, come and join us in OpenExpo!

 

OpenNebula 5.0 ‘Wizard’ Beta Released!

The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of OpenNebula 5.0 ‘Wizard’ Beta. 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.

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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 like 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 (this is a very nice to have!), support for qemu guest agent, improved VM life-cycle naming and operations, 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, and much much more. Also, and 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. Check the full list of changes in the development portal.

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.

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.

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.

Relevant Links

OpenNebula Newsletter – April 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.

Important! There are new dates for the OpenNebulaConf 2016, now it starts one day before, October 24-26. You might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities.

Technology

Spring is slowly fading into summer (at least in the north hemisphere, that is), and meanwhile we are slowly (but hectically, make no mistake) cooking OpenNebula 5.0 to deliver a new release of the state of the art cloud management platform that you cherish.
Most seek after features are ready and now undergoing the relentless certification process:

  • revamped Marketplace, now a first class citizen in OpenNebula, to import/export images to and from any datastore (including the new vCenter datastores)
  • vCenter storage management, including datastore selection, disk hotplug, vmdk creation, cloning and deletion; and full integration with the new Marketplace functionality. Also, vCenter resource pool selection for deployed VMs will be possible
  • fully integrated virtual router management (including default and transparent HA for routers). Link virtual networks together using a robust HA router, that will come out of the box in OpenNebula
  • revisited Sunstone style and interface changes (sneak peek), including an extension of the Cloud View available operations, to iron out the wrinkles in the user experience
  • instantiate to persistent! Do not lose your VM changes, OpenNebula will create a new VM Template and preserver the disks of a VM, even if they are non-persistent

Check the full list of feature in the development portal.

Take a look at the sneak peak of the new Sunstone layout, do you like it? Let us know!

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Community

Let’s see what’ve been brewing in our amazing community this past month.

Our friends at LINBIT have published an excellent blog post describing the new DRBD manage add-on for OpenNebula to achieve High Availability in the storage backend. Very interesting, keep up the good work!

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CipherSpace have contributed an awesome blog post describing their experiences adapting OpenNebula to their needs to serve their customers. In particular, it is very interesting the extensions to build Private Virtual Datacenters. A must read!

With the flexibility provided by the OpenNebula platform, we were able to create a valuably different solution in the PvDC model with nearly all our effort in the conceptual development of what we wanted to offer and the testing of small adaptations of OpenNebula

Other contributions are also welcome! For instance this extension to the EC2 server authorization, a Devuan (for those init lovers!) OpenNebula ready image in the marketplace and also a new CoreOS image also in the marketplace. Also interesting this automated way of deploying OpenNebula in HA.
We want to thank the community for their active involvement in the OpenNebula forum. Helps for helping the newcomers and having such a good vibe!

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 has been rescheduled to start one day before, from 24 to 26 of October. If you are willing to attend and can save now the date you can take advantage of a 40% discount in your Conf tickets. After the Conf’s first sponsor, StorPool, NodeWeaver also is going to participate as a Gold sponsor. Welcome! Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).

Check out the projected OpenNebula TechDays for this year in case one is close to your location. This past month three TechDays were held in North America, in particular in Dallas, Toronto and Cambridge. Check out the TechDay web pages for the slides. We want to thank you the sponsors that made possible these TechDays and also the attendees. We hope they were productive, we certainly received valuable feedback that will help us shape the future roadmap of the project.
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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), this year members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in TechDays the following locations: Ede, Nuremberg and Dublin.
Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

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.

Agenda for the Upcoming Cloud TechDay in Ede, NL

Next week, on the 13th of May 2016, BIT.nl will host a new edition of an OpenNebula Cloud TechDay.

This TechDay will feature a 4-hour hands-on tutorial in which you will learn how to install and configure an OpenNebula Cloud from scratch. The presentations in the afternoon will be focused in Ceph. We want you to learn as much as possible about Ceph best-practices and how to use it with your OpenNenbula Cloud.

The agenda for the afternoon is:

  • Object scale out with Eternus CD10000 by Walter Graf and Frits de Kok from Fujitsu.
    Introduction to object storage, Ceph concepts and internals and how Fujitsu managed to overcome administrative challenges involved in running a Ceph cluster.
    Fujitsu and BIT will be giving a demo of Fujitsu CD10000 and OpenNebula.
  • Building the Dutch National Archive with Ceph by Wido den Hollander, Part of the Ceph Board.
    The Dutch National Archive has chosen Ceph to store their data on in Groningen, The Netherlands. Together with ODC Noord I’ve built the 8PB Ceph cluster running in a IPv6-only network. This talk will go in-depth in the design decisions made when building this cluster.
  • The OpenNebula Ceph Drivers by Jaime Melis from OpenNebula Systems.
    Overview of the Ceph Drivers. Configuration attributes, peculiarities. Everything you should know about before deploying your OpenNebula + Ceph cloud.
  • BIT’s experiences playing with Ceph and OpenNebula by Stefan Kooman from BIT.nl
    BIT has been running a Ceph test cluster for some time and will talk about their experiences so far. A live demo is planned where we will test Ceph’s ability to recover from failure.

Join this TechDay to learn about OpenNebula, the Cloud, Ceph and benefit from the expertise of the speakers!

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The “Cloud” Need Not Be A Commodity

CipherSpace has a heritage of providing managed ICT infrastructure and services to clients who need customized “enterprise-quality” solutions on small to medium-sized business scales. Historically this demanded versatility, so that we could both provide each client with the right solutions for them and also with the expertise and judgment to guide them in the choice of their best solutions. As a consequence, we have used many approaches to virtualization over the years: FreeBSD Jails, Parallels, VMWare ESX/ESXi, Citrix XenServer, and Linux KVM, as well as working with others in non-production testing and evaluation. Because we have diverse clients with services in technically close proximity to each other, security has always been a critical focus of our work. We also have a strong preference for open source software, based not only on the obvious cost advantage but also for its adaptability and more transparent (and historically better) security. We’re not OSS purists in any sense, but openness is an important feature of many solutions we offer, as is the availability of commercial support for critical instances of critical tools, both for ourselves and our customers.

It became clear to us in 2011 that “Cloud” architectures were maturing in a way which made it imperative for us to create our own suite of solutions that would serve our clients differently and better than what they could get from the commodity sector. Read more

New DRBD Manage add-on for Highly Available storage

DRBD backed storage is now integrated into OpenNebula with the new DRBD Manage addon.

DRBD provides transparent, real-time replication of block devices without the need for specialty hardware. DRBD Manage is an administrative tool which facilitates easy Logical Volume Management (LVM) and configuration files for multi-node DRBD clusters.

With the DRBD Manage driver, create each new image for your virtual infrastructure as a DRBD volume. Volumes intelligently balance the load on your storage nodes. Alternatively, assign volumes to the specific nodes that you want in use. This is a simple scale-out storage solution, supporting the capability to add new nodes to your storage cluster at any time. This, combined with the flexibility of LVM, allows DRBD to keep up with your ever-increasing storage requirements.

DRBD 9 and DRBD Manage allow transferring Images to Virtualization hosts via the DRBD Transport protocol. This allows images to be available nearly instantly on host nodes without requiring them to have storage space available.

Below is a diagram showing a simple OpenNebula cluster using the DRBD Manage Driver. This cluster has a Front End, two storage nodes, and a single virtualization host. The host has two images attached to it via DRBD Transport. Both images are deployed to double redundancy and are being replicated in real time across both storage nodes. This means that the failure of a single storage node will not disrupt IO on the host. All nodes have a local copy of DRBD Manage’s control volume.

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Features

  • Data redundancy
  • Automatic fail-overs if a storage node fails
  • Database and high I/O application compatible
  • Transfers images over the network with DRBD Transport
  • Quickly attaches images to VMs
  • Fast image clones

New Dates for OpenNebulaConf 2016: October 24-26

The OpenNebulaConf 2016 dates have been rescheduled from October 25-27 to October 24-26, 2016 .

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks!