OpenNebula Newsletter – April 2017

Latest news from the OpenNebula project, highlights from the community and the dissemination efforts carried out in the project this past month in this monthly edition of your favourite cloud management platform’s newsletter.

June is around the corner! The OpenNebulaConf US will take place on June 19-20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You can already check the agenda with keynotes by Akamai, Telefonica and Harvard, and still benefit from the early bird registration until 12th of May.

The following OpenNebula TechDays are drawing a lot of attention. Madrid (hosted by Telefonica), Sofia (hosted by Storpool) and Barcelona (hosted by CSUC) registrations are almost full, check the agendas if you are interested in attending.

Technology

OpenNebula new major release is almost in feature freeze, and the numerous new additions are being stabilized. The vCenter driver is getting a major revamp in terms of storage and network management (check out more details in this article), non persistent disks and storage quotas, as well as network creation, mean an important boost in vCenter support. These new features will enhance OpenNebula provisioning model over vCenter based infrastructures, increasing the already wide range of use cases that can be implemented.

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OpenNebula HA configuration in the front-end has been possible for quite a while. It currently relies on external components to ensure this HA, but the team decided that we may as well go all the way and implement HA natively in the OpenNebula front-end, implementing a consensus algorithm directly in the ‘oned’ core. The key improvement is the easier setup of the HA and the reduction of third party dependencies (no fencing, no corosync needed) and even more importantly, much less painful (in fact, completely ) failure recovery. Extensive testing is now performed on this functionality so you can add yet another 9 in your OpenNebula cloud availability!

More exciting features in 5.4 are: VM to VM and VM to Host affinity/antiaffinity using VM Groups, image persistency selection, modifiable semantics for permissions, IPv6 non SLAAC Address Ranges, Linked Clones support, improvements in monitoring drivers and much more!

Check out in the project’s development portal all the things we are still working on.

Community

Building a ecosystems is instrumental in the success of a open source project. Thanks to people interested in OpenNebula, the amount of use cases that can be built with OpenNebula keeps growing and growing.

For instance, Devuan support is now a reality in OpenNebula, with support packages that ensures a proper contextualization of this novel and refreshing linux distribution.

It is always with pleasure hearing how people learn about OpenNebula, and realize that we’d been making cloud computing easier for you for quite a while now. Also, and as always, we love to see our friends at NodeWeavers being so supportive all over this last years. Kudos!

We would like to thank everyone that is actively supporting new OpenNebula users (or more seasoned users) in our support forum. Your actions are extremely useful for the adoption of OpenNebula around the globe!

An indicator of the health of the development community is the number of open pull requests in the OpenNebula GitHub page. We do our best to review and incorporate those aligned with the OpenNebula roadmap. Thanks!

Outreach

The first US edition of the OpenNebulaConf is happening this 2017, as one of two OpenNebulaConf editions this year, one in US and the other in Europe. The US edition will take place on June 19-20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the european edition will be held in Madrid, Spain, on October 23-24.

The next editions OpenNebula TechDays events of 2017 are shaping up as special ones for the agnda and expected turnout. Madrid (hosted by Telefonica), Sofia (hosted by Storpool) and Barcelona (hosted by CSUC) registrations are almost full, check the agendas if you are interested in attending. We will be publishing details about the venues shortly, we just leave here a picture of the Madrid venue by Telefonica which is in a privileged location.

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OpenNebula was present at the Enterprise at OSEN meetup, where people learn best practices as well as share with others their successes and failures with building open source products.

The OpenNebula team is going to feature a booth in both VMworlds this year. If you are going to attend, do not forget to come by the OpenNebula booth to see a live demo of the latest stable version of your favourite CMP:

  • VMworld 2017 US, August 27-31, Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center
  • VMworld 2017 Europe, September 11-14, Barcelona, Fira Gran Via

Also, check out the list of official training from OpenNebula Systems for this year. If you are new to OpenNebula, or want to improve you knowledge with an in-depth OpenNebula admin course, those are the dates and locations you need to keep in mind.

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 Conf 2017 US: Agenda Available

 

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The OpenNebula Project is proud to announce the first agenda and line-up of speakers for the fifth OpenNebula Conference to be held in Cambridge, MA from the 19 to the 20 of June 2017. Guided by your feedback from previous edition, we included more educational and community sessions to learn and do networking.

Keynotes

The agenda includes four keynote speakers:

Educational Sessions 

This year we will have two pre-conference tutorials:

We have also increased the number of educational contents with presentations from the OpenNebula team showing and demoing some of the most demanded features and latest integrations.

Community Sessions

We had a big response to the call for presentations. Thanks for submitting a talk proposal!. Although all submissions were of very high quality and merit, because this year we increased the educational contents we only have space for a few community presentations. Jordi Guijarro from CSUC,  Roy Keene from Knight Point and Hayley Swimelar from LINBIT will discuss their experiences and integrations with OpenNebula.

We will also have two Meet the Experts sessions providing an informal atmosphere where delegates can interact with experts who will give their undivided attention for knowledge, insight and networking; and a session for 5-minute lightning talksIf you would like to talk in these sessions, please contact us!

Besides its amazing talks, there are multiple goodies packed with the OpenNebulaConf registration. You are still in time for getting a good price deal for tickets. There is a 20% discount until May 12nd.

 

We are looking forward to welcoming you personally in Boston!

 

OpenNebula Newsletter – March 2017

This monthly newsletter features the latest developments in the OpenNebula project, highlights from the community and the dissemination efforts carried out in the project this past month.

As you may know, the first ever US edition of the OpenNebulaConf will take place on June 19-20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Check out the keynotes by Akamai and Harvard, and reserve your seat in Boston! The complete agenda will be out in a few days.

Technology

OpenNebula 5.4 is going to place a new mark in cloud management excellence. A wealth of new features are being now stabilized, and that is what’s keeping the development team busy these days. As you know, the vCenter driver is getting a major revamp in terms of storage and network management (check out more details in this article). These new features will enhance OpenNebula provisioning model over vCenter based infrastructures, increasing the already wide range of use cases that can be implemented with your favourite Cloud Management Platform.

Let us lay down another set of features that are recent arrivals to the release:

  • Enhanced VM history logging
  • Image persistency selection
  • Modifiable semantics for permissions
  • IPv6 non SLAAC Address Ranges

.. and there will be more before the beta is released by the end of the month!

The team is particularly excited about the scheduler new ability of creating VM Groups with roles in which you can define affinity/anti affinity between VMs and virtualization hosts. This way OpenNebula supports use cases where VMs needs to be placed together for license issues, network performance reasons (place the DB and server together for instance), computational reasons or a wide range of other use cases. As usual, a picture speaks a thousand words. This feature has been sponsored by BlackBerry in the context of the Fund a Feature program.

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Check out in the project’s development portal all the things we are still working on.

Community

New advancements in the community are always a pleasure to review, it is the time to notice that the OpenNebula community is as supporting and caring as always. Newcomers surely feel the warmth of the support forum, where users, developers and integrators give their best to aid users with questions and problems about OpenNebula and really interesting use cases. We’d like to show this spirit with this thread, where people show their best to help use OpenNebula with resources from a hosting company. Way to go!

It is always a pleasure learning how OpenNebula is used in a wide range of industry niches and institutions, like it use in the Turin INFN science cloud. Building reliable and useful, real world clouds is our main goal all along!.

An excellent post describing the hybrid model and why is interesting for enterprises and institutions is featured in the OpenNebula blog this month. The hybrid model in OpenNebula is a native capability, which can leverage the traditional cloud promise: infrastructure elasticity.

The idea of combining resources of public cloud providers with private depending on the terms of execution, the need of more resources, an extra protection of the data, more or less security in services with sensitive information, etc. are some of the capabilities that this model has to answer.

NodeWeavers shows us how to create an OpenNebula cloud in record time. Whoa! Their portable cloud looks nifty indeed!

We are very proud to announce that OpenNebula is a key components of the recently announced Telefonica rendering of the CORD framework (R-Cord)! We believe this is an important step to develop resilient clouds to deliver residentials phone and cloud services to end users. The architecture of the solution can be found here and it is a good read for all people interested in cloud and NFVs.

Outreach

The OpenNebulaConf is the perfect spot to meet up with other cloud professionals and take the temperature of the cloud computing field (check the material of 2016 edition if you want to know more). The first US edition of the OpenNebulaConf is happening this 2017, as one of two OpenNebulaConf editions this year, one in US and the other in Europe. The US edition will take place on June 19-20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the European edition will be held in Madrid, Spain, on October 23-24.

June is approaching fast! Have your seat prepared in Boston? If you are interested listening at what Harvard and Akamai have to say about their use of OpenNebula in their production infrastructures, then you need to move quickly and make sure that you get a place!

This past month members of the OpenNebula team went to Prague, and did the first test on the field of the new tutorial format where the cloud is deployed within a public cloud provider. This helped a lot for people with Windows or 32 bit laptops.

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The next TechDay will take place in Madrid, hosted by Telefonica,and the speakers line up look promising. Stay tuned if you are in the area since you may be interested in attending the hands-on and the talks.

The OpenNebula team is going to feature a booth in both VMworlds this year. If you are going to attend, do not forget to come by the OpenNebula booth to see a live demo of the latest stable version of your favourite CMP:

  • VMworld 2017 US, August 27-31, Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center
  • VMworld 2017 Europe, September 11-14, Barcelona, Fira Gran Via

Also, check out the list of official training from OpenNebula Systems for this year. If you are new to OpenNebula, or want to improve you knowledge with an in-depth OpenNebula admin course, those are the dates and locations you need to keep in mind.

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.

OpenNebulaConf US 2017: CFP Deadline Extended


As you may already know, this year the fifth edition of OpenNebulaConf is taking place in Boston on June 19-20.  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 March 31st.

Thanks to everyone who has already submitted presentations for our first event in North America. Due to several requests for an extension of the deadline for the call for presentations, we will now be accepting submissions until this Wednesday, March 22nd.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

 

Hybrid Clouds: Dancing with Virtual Machines

Today, the model of hybrid cloud comes under the eyes of a lot of organizations. The idea of combining resources of public cloud providers with private depending on the terms of execution, the need of more resources, an extra protection of the data, more or less security in services with sensitive information, etc. are some of the capabilities that this model has to answer. The case of CSUC, acting as Opennebula powered cloud provider and at the same time as user of external IaaS and PaaS services, is analyzed sharing its first experiences in the way to archive a real multicloud architecture.

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Figure 1- The Hybrid Cloud, acts as a slicing bridge.

The majority of organizations have not been born in the “cloud”, situation that produces a lot of cases where the cloud resources have to interact or to be connected to traditional systems and applications with some criticality and usually are situated in its own dependencies. This kind of architecture is the most usual, where the main keys for its success go through to be aware about things like the integration capabilities or the impact in the organization roles where could exist different interpretation of the same concept.

For a solutions designer the model has to offer flexibility, speed and capacity. In the case of the infrastructure team it’s easy to think that more “different things” have to be managed. The business development staff will ask if it will be more expensive and which is the value that the hybrid model will contribute.

From the IT infrastructure perspective, when a public cloud provider is selected/procured, a good approach to start with in the adoption of hybrid cloud model is to focus in these first three challenges.

  • Networking: to extend your network layers with capable “dedicated” circuits provision with bandwidth control outside and inside public cloud provider(s).
  • Management: to consolidate a truly global infrastructure management platform through a cloud orchestrator and its cloud bursting capabilities.
  • Security: to extend to public cloud provider current security layers (platforms, tools, policies,…) under the current organizations umbrella.

Definitely, the model or architecture to implement will be different depending on each case where the applications/services have a lot to say and have to be listened. The pure reality is that nowadays almost all the organizations work in two different speeds and this is something that the technology departments have to work with. Some very changing environments like web and mobile applications and other more robust systems associated to critical processes with high levels of stability and security. A real cloud hybrid model should support the combination of this two speed ecosystems maintaining its specific dependences and needs.

The CSUC use case: driving to a hybrid cloud architecture

CSUC, in these last two years has worked in these challenges with some actions that are transforming roles, the management models at ICT infrastructure level, the way of services provision, etc.

The first action was to start a procurement process to provision the first IaaS provider with the idea of infrastructure and services optimization in a new model of payment by use. In parallel as RREN, the adoption of a orchestrator role with its own cloud management platform (Opennebula based) to manage distributed resources in a real multicloud environment. The network design, the unified management and security conditioned the strategy.

Regarding the new external cloud provider and after an a intense procurement process, the company Nexica  resulted adjudicator for four years of the provision of IaaS services for Catalan Universities and CSUC.

Nowadays, the catalan institutions who are using this shared service are:

What work has already been done:

  • First IaaS provider procurement process.
  • Service catalog, service-level agreements and governance.
    Architecture redefinition.
  • RREN extended to the provider: Layers 2&3.
  • A new Opennebula cloud bursting driver was developed (VCLOUD compliance)
  • Integration of CSUC opencloud orchestrator.
  • Deployment of first production services.

If you are interested to see more details, please contact with us.  This initiative will be presented in the next TNC17 , the annual Géant congress, at Linz – Austria [31/5/2017] (see the full paper here).

TechDay Prague 2017 Wrap Up

This little post is here only to thank the people from CESNET for organizing the event. I also want to thank the attendees for sharing the day with me.

We’ve changed the format of the TechDay a bit and it turned out to be great:

  • The tutorial now is done in prepared laboratories in the cloud. This helped a lot for people with Windows or 32 bit laptops.
  • Instead of talks after the lunch there was a demonstration of OpenNebula and vCenter and a session of QA where the attendees could ask for specific features or how to accomplish some workflows.

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Akamai and Harvard to Speak at OpenNebula Conf US 2017 in Boston

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We are excited to announce that Jack Wadden of Akamai Technologies, and James Cuff and Justin Riley of FAS Research Computing at Harvard University will be keynote speakers at the Fifth OpenNebula Cloud Conference, the must-attend open cloud event, that will take place on June 19-20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More speakers will be announced shortly and a preliminary program will be ready by the end of March. This is the first edition of this open cloud conference in the United States. The call for presentations is open through March 17 and the very early bird registration is available through March 20.

OpenNebula Conferences are vendor-neutral events focused on real-world practices and how to successfully implement open source in your cloud. They are education events that serve as a meeting point of cloud users, developers, administrators, integrators and researchers, featuring talks with real user experiences and use cases. They also include hands-on tutorials, lightning talks, and hacking sessions that provide an opportunity to discuss burning ideas, and meet face to face to discuss development. Previous speakers include Santander Bank, CentOS, European Space Agency, FermiLab, Puppet, Red Hat, BlackBerry, Telefonica,,Runtastic, Unity3D and Citrix.

 

OpenNebula Newsletter – February 2017

Be up to date with this monthly newsletter of the OpenNebula project with the latest advances in in the technology, community work and the dissemination efforts carried out in the project this past month.

As you may know, the first ever US edition of the OpenNebulaConf will take place on June 19-20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The final keynote lineup will be announced shortly. The call for presentations is open through March 17 and the very early bird registration is available through March 20.

Our first release of the software was 9 years ago. Find our vision of these past years in this post.

Technology

OpenNebula 5.4 is approaching fast its first beta release. The vCenter driver is undergoing a major refactoring, and the storage and networking aspects, as well as import mechanism are getting a whole pack of new functionality. Other important functionality that will make it into 5.4 is: linked clones, vSphere 6.5 support, public and private marketplaces, new cache mechanism that means performance enhancements, and much more!

But not only vCenter is getting its share. More general functionality is also in the works, with exciting new possibilities like defining VM Groups to implement affinity and anti affinity rules for VM deployment. This enables multiple use cases in which the colocation (or not) of VMs between them or with particular hosts is relevant. This added to the improvement in permissions definition -giving more flexibility to who can execute what-, enhanced history logging, image persistency selection, general Sunstone improvements and many more means that 5.4 is going to be special release indeed, which we believe will bring much joy to cloud admins and users alike.

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Check out in the project’s development portal all the things we are still working on.

Community

Saying that the OpenNebula community excels is an understatement. The ecosystem keeps getting richer thanks to amazing contributions such as this one. LXDoNe is an active project based on an add-on that allows OpenNebula to manage LXD containers. It contains a virtualization and monitoring drivers, and it feature life cycle control: deploy, shutdown, restart, reset, suspend and resume containers.

It is a fact that the OpenNebula technology has a broad adoption, not only in US and Europe, but all around the globe. This is an important step towards standardising OpenNebula as the de facto Cloud Management Platform for IaaS infrastructures that strive for simplicity and innovative features. This is why it is of the utmost importance the huge work made by people all around the world to spread the OpenNebula word to different countries. We want to share with you some of the recent efforts in different languages:

Also, we want to salute our friends at NodeWeavers with their brand new 11 release. Also nice to note that OpenNebula is now featured in siftery!

Outreach

The first release of OpenNebula was 9 years ago!. We are very proud of the path we walked these past 9 years, and are very happy of all the use cases OpenNebula has powered so far.

Nine years ago, in February 2008, OpenNebula announced the first open-source management software for deploying private and hybrid clouds, and released one of the most transformative platforms for innovation in the cloud.

The first US edition of the OpenNebulaConf is happening this 2017, as one of two OpenNebulaConf editions this year, one in US and the other in Europe. The US edition will take place on June 19-20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the european edition will be held in Madrid, Spain, on October 23-24. If you are wondering what the OpenNebulaConf looks like, check the post with the material of 2016 OpenNebulaConf. The call for presentations for the US edition is open through March 17 and the very early bird registration is available through March 20.

The OpenNebula Cloud TechDays are events designed to learn about OpenNebula with a hands-on workshop on cloud installation and operation, and presentations from community members and users. From the list of TechDays for 2017, the first one is happening this year in Prague this 7th of March. Other TechDays happening this year are: Nuremberg, Madrid, Sofia, Barcelona, ,Vancouver, San Francisco, Ede, Hluboka, New York and Almendralejo.

The OpenNebula team is going to feature a booth in both VMworlds this year. If you are going to attend, do not forget to come by the OpenNebula booth to see a live demo of the latest stable version of your favourite CMP:

  • VMworld 2017 US, August 27-31, Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center
  • VMworld 2017 Europe, September 11-14, Barcelona, Fira Gran Via

Also, check out the list of official training from OpenNebula Systems for this year. If you are new to OpenNebula, or want to improve you knowledge with an in-depth OpenNebula admin course, those are the dates and locations you need to keep in mind.

Are you looking to get into the cloud professionally? If you are looking to work in an agile environment to develop new features and integrations and participate in the upstream community, this is your chance. Check out the OpenNebula Systems vacancies if this is the case, we are currently interested in a Community Specialist.

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.

TechDay in Prague March 7th

In less two weeks we are going to have our first TechDay this year. We want to thank our friends at CESNET for organizing it!

This time the TechDay is a little bit different and instead of talks we will have an open session where people can ask questiosn on how to use OpenNebula. Experienced users from CESNET will answer your questions. We are still having the tutorial in the morning for people that never used OpenNebula.

If you want to know more head to the TechDay page or head directly to the registration page, it’s free!

LXDoNe – Lightweight Virtualization for OpenNebula

Operating system (OS) level virtualization is a technology that has recently emerged into the cloud services paradigm. It has the advantage of providing better performance, elasticity and scalability than para-virtualization or full virtualization. This happens because HVM hypervisors need to emulate hardware and use a new kernel for each virtual machine that will be deployed. OS level virtualization follows a completely different approach. This technology allows you to share the kernel with the virtual portion of the system, in other words, the kernel is the same for the host and the “virtual machines” running on top of it. A container is a virtual environment, with its own process and network space that makes use of Linux kernel Control Groups and Namespaces to provide hardware isolation. Containers have their own view of the OS, process ID space, file system structure and network’s interfaces. Since they use kernel features, and there’s no emulation of hardware at all, the impact on performance is minimal.

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LXD is not just an Operating system level virtualization technology, it’s a hypervisor technology for containers. This means LXD containers look and act like virtual machines, but have the lightweight performance and scalability of process containers [1]. LXD has proven dramatic improvements over HVM hypervisors such as KVM [2] and ESX [3] in aspects such as density, speed and latency. 

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LXDoNe is an add-on that allows OpenNebula  to manage LXD containers. It contains a virtualization and monitoring drivers. Right now it’s deployed in Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana José Antonio Echeverría‘s Data Center, alongside with KVM for special cases that implies a different kernel. We are actively working on adding more features and any reported bug will be prioritized by our team.

Features and Limitations.

Right now, the driver has the following features:

  • Life cycle control: deploy, shutdown, restart, reset, suspend and resume containers.
  • Support for Direct Attached Storage (DAS) filesystems such as ext4 and btrfs.
  • Support for Storage Area Networks (SAN) implemented with Ceph.
  • Monitor hosts and containers.
  • Limit container’s resources usage: RAM and CPU.
  • Support for VNC sessions.
  • Deploy containers with several disks and Network Interface Cards (NICs)
  • Support for dummy and VLAN network drivers.
  • Full support for OpenNebula’s contextualization in LXD containers (using special LXD images that will be uploaded to the market).

Features we are currently working on, most of them should be ready in the next couple of weeks:

  • Migration.
  • Snapshots.
  • Hot attach and detach NICs and disks.
  • LVM support.
  • Bandwidth limitation.

Known bugs:

  • VNC session only works with the first machine on each node. This is the reason for this behavior.

The driver has been released here. You can check there the installation guide for start using LXD with OpenNebula.

Contributions, feedback and issues are very much welcome by interacting with us in the GitHub repository or writing a mail:

  • Daniel Clavijo Coca: dann1telecom@gmail.com
  • José Manuel de la Fé Herrero: jmdelafe92@gmail.com
  • Sergio Vega Gutiérrez: sergiojvg92@gmail.com