The OpenNebula Conference is proud to announce the final line-up of speakers and the schedule for 2013.

We had a big response to the call for proposals. 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. The Lightning Talk Session provides a new opportunity to submit presentation proposals.

Do not forget to register as soon as possible since the number of places is limited. There is still time to take advantage of our early registration offer, which expires at the end of June. You can also take advantage of the available sponsorship opportunities which are a great chance to present your company with the leading open source datacenter virtualization solution.

Keynote Speakers

Sessions about User Experiences and Case Studies

Session about Integration with other Cloud Tools

Session about Interoperability and HPC Clouds

Session for Community Discussion and Involvement

  • Hands-on Tutorial: Build, configure and operate your own OpenNebula cloud
  • Hacking Sessions: Meet face to face to discuss development, coordinate, write code and collaborate with other developers
  • Open Spaces: Discuss passionate questions, burning ideas, features, integrations or any topic of your choice
  • Lightning Talks: Present your feature, integration, experience, use case, collaboration invitation, quick tip, or demonstration in five minutes

We are Looking Forward to Welcoming you Personally in Berlin!

The OpenNebula Project is organizing a 3-hour hands-on tutorial and giving an invited talk at ISC Cloud 2013.

  • The tutorial “Building your Cloud for HPC, here and now, in 3 hours!” will cover the process of building a private cloud using OpenNebula with a special focus on configuring and operating the cloud instances for the execution of virtualized computing services. The attendees will build, configure and operate their own OpenNebula cloud!.
  • The invited talk “Cloud Architectures for HPC – Case Studies” will describe the most demanded features for building HPC and science clouds, and will illustrate using real-life case studies from leading research and industry organizations how OpenNebula effectively addresses these challenges of cloud usage, scheduling, security, networking and storage.
It would be great to see you in Heidelberg on the 23-24 of September!

C12G Labs is sponsoring ISC Cloud 2013.

The OpenNebula Project announces the general availability of the first Service Pack for the OpenNebula 3 Series (3.8.4). After its first year, and for two additional years, the Project distributes a Service Pack (SP) for each major release that combines all the patches to easily install or deploy its last update. Service Packs allow users to maintain their current OpenNebula version as long as possible, preserving the stability and security of their data centers, as they transition from one OpenNebula Series to the next.

This is a maintenance release that fixes bugs reported by the community after 3.8.3 was released. This release only includes bug fixes and is a recommended update for everyone running any OpenNebula 3.x, whom for any particular reason do not want to upgrade their cloud manager to the latest available OpenNebula version.

Relevant Links

The OpenNebula Project is proud to announce the final line-up of keynote speakers for the first OpenNebula Conference.

In few days we will publish the Agenda of the event that will also include the talk proposals received, a hands-on tutorial, and several community sessions.

We are looking forward to welcoming you personally in Berlin!. Please register as soon as possible since the number of places is limited. There is still time to take advantage of our early registration offer, which expires at the end of June.

As user of OpenNebula and member of its community you should be speaking at the first edition of the OpenNebula Conference in September in Berlin. The deadline for receiving talk proposals is Saturday, June 15th. We recommend submitting your proposal as early as possible at http://opennebulaconf.com/proposals/.

We are looking for technical presentations about design, development, and deployment of OpenNebula-based Clouds, and its integration with other related technologies in the data center:

  • Latest developments in OpenNebula
  • Research using OpenNebula
  • User experiences and case studies using OpenNebula
  • Best practices and tools
  • Integration with other cloud, virtualization and data center components
  • Any other topics that you feel are relevant to developers, users, researchers and other members of the community

Keynote Line-up

Confirmed keynote speakers are from world’s leading corporate and research institutions.

The conference site will be updated to reflect new keynote speakers as they are confirmed.

Important Dates

  • Deadline Call for Proposals: June 15th, 2013
  • Final Agenda: June 30th, 2013
  • End of Early Bird Registration: June 30th, 2013
  • Conference: September 24th-26th, 2013

We are Looking Forward to Welcoming you Personally in Berlin!

The Conference will serve as a meeting point for OpenNebula cloud users, developers, administrators, builders, integrators and researchers and a great opportunity to share experiences and network .

Please register as soon as possible at http://opennebulaconf.com/registration/ since the number of places is limited. There is still time to take advantage of our early registration offer, which expires at the end of June.

Sponsorship

Sponsoring OpenNebulaConf is a great chance to present your company with the leading open source datacenter virtualization solution on the market. Find out more about our sponsoring opportunities at http://opennebulaconf.com/sponsors/.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via contact(at)opennebulaconf.com or use the form at http://opennebulaconf.com/contact/.

This isn’t a technical article like the one I wrote two years ago about High Availability in OpenNebula with LVM. This is a personal opinion article about simplicity versus complexity in cloud computing management.

I started with OpenNebula about 3 years ago. At that time, I worked for a customer and I made this choice mostly because in that moment OpenNebula was the only mature solution, simple, but at the sane time, equipped with all the features needed to build an infrastructure cloud.

Now, at the beginning of this year, I had to compare the existing cloud automation systems one more time, and I confirmed my preference for OpenNebula… and this time I feel even more confident about my choice. This second time I chose simplicity over complexity. I tell you why with an example.

All of you know the Space Shuttle. It was a very powerful spacecraft, designed for different types of space missions, a credit to the American space industry: it was big, comfortable, powerful… simply wonderful. But the Space Shuttle also had a downside: it was expensive, complex, and very difficult to maintain and repair. After 30 years, 135 missions (and 2 disasters), the Shuttle was decommissioned and now NASA doesn’t have a spacecraft to transport its astronauts to and from the ISS.

All of you also know the Soyuz, the Russian spacecraft. it’s the opposite of Space Shuttle. In relative terms, it’s simple, small, not expensive… and very solid. It was designed specifically to carry cosmonauts to and from space stations, it works from the 1968 (the time of Apollo missions), it has made about 450 launches (with 2 disasters like Space Shuttle), but now it’s the only way to reach the ISS, also for the American NASA astronauts. There is a lesson to be learned here that has to do with simplicity.

In my opinion OpenNebula is like Soyuz, it represents simplicity in the specific niche of enterprise cloud computing and data center virtualization. It isn’t based on sophisticated, complex protocols and architectures, but it is solid, reliable, complete, simple and inexpensive. In 3 years I had no problems, 3 years of uptime. The latest version (4.0) has also a very nice web interface (for me) and adds some functionalities like Ceph integration that are much appreciated. Other cloud management platforms are, in my view, like the Space Shuttle: very impressive trying to be all things for all people, but not rock solid, stable, scalable and effective like OpenNebula.

We would like to invite you to join us next Wednesday 19th, from 15:00 to 18:00 CEST to the #opennebula channel at Freenode to work all together in a common objective:

  • Install OpenNebula in CentOS
  • Improve and test the packages (SELinux policies, etc…)
  • Review and Contribute to documentation (migration from older versions)

The goal is to get as soon as possible the new OpenNebula 4.0.1 to dev.centos.org.

Your help would be very valuable!

See you soon in #opennebula

Last week we launched a survey to collect feedback from our community regarding what is their preferred interface for cloud consumers and how we should invest our resources in cloud API enhancement and development. The survey was open for two days receiving feedback from almost 200 OpenNebula clouds.

Targeted to OpenNebula cloud administrators, our aim was firstly to have information about the level of use of the two cloud APIs offered now by OpenNebula, namely AWS and OGF OCCI. The results show that:

  • 38% do not expose cloud APIs, their users only interface through the Sunstone GUI
  • 36% mostly use the AWS API
  • 26% mostly use the OpenNebula’s OCCI API or the OCCI API offered by rOCCI

Then we asked how they would like us to invest our resources to enhance the Cloud APIs. The results show that:

  • 47% to enhance the existing AWS API implementation
  • 21% to enhance the existing OGF OCCI implementation
  • 10% to implement the OpenStack API
  • 10% to implement the vCloud API
  • 6% to implement the Google Cloud API
  • 6% to implement the DMTF CIMI API

We also received many valuable additional comments mostly stating that “AWS is the de-facto standard and an executive-friendly selling point”, “OGF’s OCCI is the only independent community-driven standard”“OpenStack API is still not stable and fully documented”, and “Google Cloud API represents a big opportunity in the medium term”.

Guided by these results, our plans for the near future are to enhance and extend our implementation of the AWS API and to offer OCCI compatibility through the rOCCI component. Of course, if your organization is interested in implementing one the less demanded Cloud APIs, we can provide you with the needed support.

Thanks a lot for your feedback!

The OpenNebula Project is proud to announce an expanded line-up of keynote speakers for the first OpenNebula Conference. The Conference, taking place from 24th-26th September 2013 in Berlin, will serve as a meeting point for OpenNebula cloud users, developers, administrators, builders, integrators and researchers and a great opportunity to share experiences and network with other projects.

Confirmed keynote speakers are from world’s leading corporate and research institutions.

The conference site will be updated to reflect new keynote speakers as they are confirmed.

This first ever edition of the OpenNebula Conference will be hosted by open source specialist NETWAYS, which has long experience in the organization of events in the open source environment. OpenNebulaConf2013 offers a multi-day conference that includes hands-on tutorials, keynote speakers and several thematic tracks.

Please fill in the proposal form to register your interest in presenting at OpenNebula Conference 2013. Deadline for talk proposals is the 15th of June.

We are looking forward to welcoming you personally in Berlin!. Please register as soon as possible since the number of places is limited. There is still time to take advantage of our early registration offer, which expires at the end of June.

Here’s our monthly newsletter, with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

The OpenNebulaApps have catched up with OpenNebula 4.0. This new version comes with a new appearance, tailored to match the new Sunstone, and multiple bug fixes. The development department is working full steam on new OpenNebulaApp features, so stay tuned for useful and awesome new features for the 4.2 release of the Apps. There is also a huge amount of work devoted to the upcoming 4.2 release. We held a public IRC meeting to define the 4.2 roadmap, to discuss the requests for new features and for extending existing features.

Multiple changes are being carried out in the VMware drivers, aimed to give more control over VMware resources, and a more fine grained management of VMware virtual machines. Special attention is being paid to the storage backend option for VMware, polishing existing combinations and dropping some of the less used ones. Also, synergies and potential integrations are being explored between OpenNebula, Foreman and Puppet. Moreover, new drivers to interact with Xen 4.2 are being developed. These will enable the use of new Xen features like VHD images and a more tight HVM integration. A new virtual router is available in the marketplace, featuring a smaller image size and providing routing, port forwarding, dhcp, radvd and dns server functionality.

Community

The OpenNebula community is as vibrant as ever! Check out this amazing post where an community extension is explained (including a very nice video), which enables Infiniband interfaces in KVM virtual machines. Thanks David, fine indeed. Former ONEr Hector San Juan updated the VirtualBox drivers for OpenNebula, very useful for sandboxing and development environments.

Outreach

We want to remind you about the First OpenNebula Conference!. The Conference, based in Berlin between the 24 and 26 of september, will serve as a meeting point for OpenNebula cloud users, developers, administrators, builders, integrators and researchers and a unique opportunity for discussion and collaboration with other projects. This month several very interesting speakers were confirmed:

If you are interested in giving a talk or attending the conference, now is the perfect time!

Besides, this month marked the creation of multiple OpenNebula user groups. The following is a lits of the already formed ones:

Besides, the following are in the process of becoming OpenNebula user group:

  • United States of America
  • Spain
  • Hungary
  • Cuba
  • Egypt

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

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

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.