What Role Does Open-source Play in Cloud Computing Innovation? is a guest post that we have written on GigaOM to show how open-source, and in particular OpenNebula, is playing an important role in driving and supporting the transition to cloud computing. According to our experience, the availability of open-source cloud management tools like OpenNebula is accelerating the pace of innovation on the datacenter side.

Since we started the OpenNebula project in 2005, we have helped many organizations develop value by building innovative cloud services and solutions to meet their user and customer needs in new ways or to meet new market needs. The guest post looks at cloud innovation from different perspectives, including some specific examples.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to share your OpenNebula innovation story and experiences.

During the autumn, OpenNebula is speaking 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 summer is passing by, and the OpenNebula team is working full speed on the next major release, OpenNebula 3.8. Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

The OpenNebula team has been busy with the next major release, OpenNebula 3.8. We expect a Release Candidate to be available in mid-September, followed by the final release towards the end of the month.

This release will focus on improvements on the public cloud interfaces, with new functionality being exposed through OCCI and Amazon EC2, like for instance hotplugging available in the former, and EBS volumes in the latter. VMware support will also get a forward push, with VMFS datastore support, possible even through iSCSI.

Community

During this last month, a new version (v0.5) of rOCCI was released. This Ruby OCCI Server is compatible with an OpenNebula backend, given a version of OpenNebula major or equal to 3.2. Also, a new great and very useful tutorial by cloud.b.lab on Creating a Windows XP VM using OpenNebula 3.6.0 in Ubuntu 12.04 with iSCSI datastore has been released.

We are pleased to see how our list of featured users keeps growing: Payoda, Cerit-CS, BAIDU, RJMetrics, RUR, MIMOS … Welcome on board!

Outreach

This past month a number of events were participated by OpenNebula members:

  • FrOSCon, Bonn, Germany, August 25-26, 2012.
  • CloudOpen 2012, Linux Foundation, San Diego, USA, August 29-31, 2012.

During this month, members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in the following event:

  • BeLUG, Berlin Linux User Group, Berlin, Germany, September 26th, 2012.

If you will be attending any of these events and want to meet with a member of the OpenNebula team, drop us a line at contact@opennebula.org.

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.