The OpenNebula Project is participating in several upcoming events in cloud computing:

Would be great to meet you at these venues.  If you want to connect, please send an email to contact@opennebula.org

The OpenNebula Team is pleased to announce the availability of a Sunstone Cloud Testbed. While the Sunstone project is still at a beta stage, the web interface is presented to encourage feedback to anyone interested. Sunstone is offered on top of the OpenNebula Cloud, which offers a virtual computing environment accessible through two different remote cloud interfaces, OCCI and EC2, and now through a web interface, OpenNebula Sunstone.

It is worth noticing that these three mechanisms access the same infrastructure, i.e. resources created by any of the mentioned methods will be instantly available on the others. For instance, you can create a VM with the OCCI interface, monitor it with the EC2 interface, and shut it down using the OpenNebula Sunstone web interface.

Accounts are provided by request, send an email to <cloud@opennebula.org> to get yours! More information in the opennebula.org cloud page.

In a few days OpenNebula 2.2 will be released, and along with it our brand new Cloud Operations Center: OpenNebula Sunstone, a GUI intended for users & admins.

Here are some screenshots (click to see a larger version):

Login screen

Dashboard

VM Management

Host Management

Enjoy them and stay tuned for further updates!

In C12G Labs, we have prepared this article to describe our subscription model for OpenNebulaPro and its value for the effective management of your cloud or data center infrastructure.  OpenNebulaPro does not only implements the most common cloud interfaces, it additionally provides state-of-the-art unique features for cloud management and a comprehensive management framework for virtual data centers. Our experience shows that the investment in OpenNebulaPro can result in significant business value and reduction of expenses with very high return on investment.

Let’s firstly describe the investment required to deploy OpenNebulaPro to manage your IT infrastructure:

  • OpenNebulaPro is a commercially supported distribution of the widely used OpenNebula open source toolkit with stable and tested software extensions and the patches for its operation in business environments. OpenNebulaPro represents a supported and certified enterprise-grade distribution with the best balance of maturity and features selected based on their appropriateness for commercial deployment. Supported Linux distributions are RedHat Enterprise Linux, Suse Linux Enterprise, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian and OpenSuse; supported hypervisors are Citrix XenServer, VMware ESX/ESXi/vCenter, KVM and Xen; and the supported cloud provider for cloudbursting is Amazon Web Services.
  • OpenNebulaPro is provided on an annual subscription basis, so customers and partners have access to new versions of the software that are released during the subscription lifetime at no additional charge. You do not have to pay expensive up-front license fees. The support subscription grants a perpetual license to use software on production environments. However, only customers and partners with an active subscription can access our support portal that brings several additional benefits in terms of long term support, production-level support with professional SLAs, integration support for optimal and scalable execution in any hardware and software combination, certification support to validate compatibility with complementary components and customizations, regular updates and upgrades, and additional tools for the administration of OpenNebula cloud instances in production environments.
  • The technical support subscription is based on per server (hypervisor host) and per site pricing models. C12G can also apply hybrid models for customers delivering OpenNebulaPro via timesharing and utility services where the customer pays a fixed fee independent from the number of servers and variable fee which scales according to your use of the platform or your sales.
  • Support subscription starts at 250 euros per physical server. This subscription fee represents less than the 5% of the typical annual operation and maintenance costs of the server. In typical 2 x Quad-Core servers, this only represents 125 euros per socket or 30 euros per core, which is only the 6% of the 1-year reservation fee of a small one-core instance in Amazon EC2.

So given the low investment required to deploy OpenNebulaPro, only a small gain in efficiency from a reduced number of servers, a reduced cost of power and cooling, a higher utilization of your servers, a reduced management overhead or an extra flexibility plus for your users, is sufficient to make an investment in OpenNebulaPro pay off. The tangible business value and operational savings achieved through OpenNebulaPro are:

  • Reduced operations costs with consolidation of hardware and software while simultaneously reducing power, cooling, and management costs. Moreover our support for hybrid cloud deployments, with the combination of local and remote Cloud resources, allows you to eliminate the over-purchase of systems to meet peaks demands.
  • Increased operations efficiency with greater flexibility and better utilization of the infrastructure. In traditional enterprise-owned data centers, server utilization commonly averages 5%-20%. Depending on the application, you can lift to between 40% and 60% allowing two to three times as much revenue from the same infrastructure investment.
  • Improved user productivity with faster delivery and elasticity of services. Users have access to virtualization and cloud interfaces that considerably simplify the management of their service workloads.

Cloud computing can offer significant business benefits to most organizations, but for these benefits to be fully realized you need an effective way of managing the cloud infrastructure. OpenNebulaPro offers a production ready, scalable and feature complete product at a fraction of the competition’s price to get the highest return of investment.

The RESERVOIR project is organizing a community event to present the latest results in Cloud Computing. The event includes a demonstration of the RESERVOIR Framework, with a particular attention given to OpenNebula. IBM will define the Cloud Computing model and SAP, Telefónica and THALES will describe industrial and government applications. The detailed Agenda and Registration is available at the RESERVOIR site.

OpenNebula 2.2 is right around the corner, bringing new functionality for fault tolerance to maximize uptime and reduce downtime management costs in your virtualized datacenter or cloud, and a seamless integration with the Ganglia massively scalable monitoring system. Additionally it brings the first version of OpenNebula Sunstone, our new Cloud Operations Center that will simplify the typical management operations in private and hybrid cloud infrastructures. More details (and screenshots) soon.

The RESERVOIR project organized an OpenNebula training session in Brussels on January 27-28, 2011. The training was given by CETIC and the DSA-Research.org group at UCM, taking place in the IBM Meeting Room at Digitaleurope. It featured an extensive tutorial on how to install, configure, tune and use OpenNebula to build Private, Hybrid and Public clouds. It also included a last session by IBM presenting its integrated Private Cloud Service Delivery Platform. The material from the training can be downloaded from the OpenNebula site and from the RESERVOIR site.

The event was attended by several organizations that actively use or are planing to use OpenNebula as their core toolkit to build clouds. Attendees included people from several companies, such as Capgemini, Guardis, 4D-Consult, Orange, Logica IT, Engineering, Alcatel-Lucent, Philips, SNCB and CAET; from grid and supercomputing centers, such as PDC, EGI, NIKHEF and JSC; from academia and research institutions, such as UPM and INRIA; and from government and public administration, such as European Commission. Many of these organizations have shown their interest to engage in the OpenNebula community.

All in all, it turned out to be a successful and very formative event. Given the success of this training, additional sessions will be organised within the upcoming months. Details will shortly be made available.

We are happy to announce that an OpenNebula project has been created in the openSUSE Build Service. We would like to thank Robert Schweikert, Peter Linnell and Greg Freemyer for their efforts and for taking the time to answer our questions in their mailing list.

If you have the time to test it or want to help them improve it, please send your feedback to the openSUSE Packaging mailing list!