RESERVOIR, flagship of European projects in cloud computing technology coordinated by IBM, has just announced the release of its cloud stack featuring Claudia Service Manager (Telefonica’s tool for automatic management of service scalability), OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit and security services for cloud federation. The RESERVOIR Cloud Stack supports the delivery of services on an on-demand basis, across countries, at competitive costs and without requiring a large capital investment in infrastructure. RESERVOIR enables the migration of resources across distributed administrative domains, maximizing resource exploitation, and minimizing costs to the end-user with guaranteed quality of service.  RESERVOIR defines an open federated infrastructure cloud architecture and delivers a framework of open source components you can download from the RESERVOIR website and integrate to build your own open source cloud infrastructure.

Ignacio M. Llorente

Today, the OpenNebula team has released a candidate (RC) of what is to become OpenNebula 2.0. This means that the team is now officially in bug fixing mode, and the repository has been set to feature freeze. Please also note that OpenNebula 2.0 RC 1 is targeted at testers and is not recommended for production environments.

With respect to the previous Beta Release (1.9.80), OpenNebula 2.0 RC1 solves most of the bugs identified during the testing phase and features a new set of decoupled actions from the drivers. This means that with OpenNebula 2.0 it is even easier to tune the operations performed upon specific actions (e.g. shutdown, create, cancel). Also this reduces the number of connections to the cluster nodes so you should also experiment performance improvements in some areas.

We really appreciate the work of the community testing the previous release and giving feedback about issues and bugs. Thank you for helping making a better OpenNebula 2.0!

The OpenNebula Team.

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BonFIRE is a 8,5-million-Euro EU-funded initiative (EU grant agreement 257386) funded by the 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme) under the Future Internet Experimental Facility and Experimentally-driven Research (ICT-2009.1.6) area, aimed at designing, building and operating a multi-site cloud facility to support applications, services and systems research targeting the Internet of Services community within the Future Internet.

BonFIRE will operate a Cloud facility based on an Infrastructure as a Service delivery model with guidelines, policies and best practices for experimentation. BonFIRE will adopt a federated multi-platform approach providing interconnection and interoperation between novel service and networking testbeds. The platform will offer advanced services and tools for services research including cloud federation, virtual machine management, service modelling, service lifecycle management, service level agreements, quality of service monitoring and analytics.

The BonFIRE project brings together a consortium of world leading industrial and academic organisations in cloud computing to deliver a robust, reliable and sustainable facility for large scale experimentally-driven cloud research. Multinational companies (ATOS, HP, SAP), renowned universities and super computing centres (DSA-Research@UCM, EPCC, HLRS Stuttgart, IBBT, TUB), research centres (IT Innovation, FhG Fokus, INRIA, i2CAT) and technology analysts (451 Group) provide the complimentary expertise and infrastructure resources necessary to accelerate the research and development within the Internet of Services community.

OpenNebula will provide the EU FP7 project with a powerful technoloy to build IaaS clouds supporting the cloud management functionality, the integration capabilities and the scalability and reliability to run large-scale experiments for future internet research. This news consolidates OpenNebula’s position at the cutting edge of cloud computing technology worldwide, following two recent announcements of its participation in the EU’s StratusLab project, aimed at bringing cloud and virtualization to grid computing, and its participation in the EU’s 4CaaSt project, aimed at building the PaaS cloud of the future.

OpenNebula is the leading and most advanced framework for cloud computing, with excellent performance and scalability to manage tens of thousands of VMs. OpenNebula is the result of many years of research and development in efficient and scalable management of virtual machines on large-scale distributed infrastructures. Its innovative features have been developed to address the requirements of business use cases from leading companies in the context of flagship European projects in cloud computing. OpenNebula is being used as an open platform for innovation in several international projects to research the challenges that arise in cloud management, and also as production-ready tool in both academia and industry to manage clouds.

Ignacio M. Llorente