Closing out 2018…and welcoming in 2019!!

2018 has been another exciting year for OpenNebula. It has brought continued developments and advancements in the OpenNebula product capabilities. At the same time, we’ve seen a fervor and a steady commitment by the User Community which continues to bring unmatched value. At OpenNebula Systems, we have our sights set on continued improvement for 2019, and we are excited about several promising, emerging developments. But again, one of the key dynamics of the project is that we wouldn’t be able to grow without you.

For that reason, one of the recent developments in the community has been our request for your participation in our 2018 User Survey.  This is a simple vehicle to allow us to learn about the use cases, platforms, and overarching technical needs of the OpenNebula User Community.  We look to remain in synch with your needs, and to develop alongside with you. Fill it out, and share your thoughts!

Speaking of developments…

Among the various version releases this year, we released version 5.6 “Blue Flash” with a huge set of improvements both at the core level, as well as for vCenter integration. And from there, we have jumped right into focused development on the upcoming version 5.8.  In it, we have been working on many different features – a long-awaited support for LXD containers, being one of them.

2018 has seen a certain dedicated focus on the emerging developments surrounding Edge Computing, and while we have been working closely with customers and partners, learning the details of evolving use cases, we have also made developments around integrations with OpenNebula along “the edge”.  Earlier this year, we released an initial prototype of “oneProvision”, allowing users to provision and deploy bare-metal resources directly within an OpenNebula cluster.  Upcoming development of oneProvision will include being able to deploy not only one host, but a cluster of hosts.  At the same time, we partnered with Packet to demonstrate our continued focus in bringing capabilities to the edge.

Recent releases of new capabilities like miniONE and VirtualNetwork Scheduler, and the Image Converter to/from VMDK and QCOW2 all demonstrate our driven effort to making OpenNebula the easiest-to-use platform out there.

The “Calendar of Events”

In 2018, we held several OpenNebula TechDay events throughout Europe – in Sofia hosted by StorPool, in Barcelona hosted by CSUC, and in Frankfurt hosted by LINBIT – and in the US – in Santa Clara, CA hosted by Hitachi Vantara and in Cambridge, MA hosted by OpenNebula Systems.  We also held our OpenNebulaConf in Amsterdam.  We thank our sponsors and hosts for collaborating to put these events together.

Events schedule in 2019

The lineup for OpenNebula TechDays for this coming year will tentatively be in the following locations, with dates and details to be determined:

  • Frankfurt
  • Barcelona
  • Vienna
  • Sofia
  • Boston

And plan to attend our 2019 OpenNebulaConf in Barcelona on October 21-22, 2019.

Great support from the Community

Lastly, as we continuously try to make clear, the OpenNebula project would not have the vitality nor the reach it has if it weren’t for our dedicated User Community.  We’ve seen a continued growth of OpenNebula Champions.  Throughout the year, users have taken the time to publish tutorials like these from Pandora FMSVirtuozzo 7, and CSUC.  Our OpenNebula Blog has been used by many from the Community to publish share insight and experiences. This year, we also created our Partner Ecosystem, another instrument to show and share integrations between ONE and other great technologies.

This has been an exciting year for OpenNebula! We give you our utmost thanks, and we look forward to our collaboration going into 2019!!

Stay Connected!

Our newsletter contains the highlights of the OpenNebula project and its Community throughout the month.

Technology

Several important items and functionalities have been worked on or released this month, which are definitely worth mentioning:

  • We released the powerful, yet simple tool called “miniONE“.  With miniOne, you can now stand up a complete OpenNebula environment on a single host with just one command.  And it takes no longer than a few minutes.  Check out the detailed miniONE blog post.
  • We have released a new appliance onto the OpenNebula Marketplace with a pre-installed WordPress 5.0 service.  Take a look at the quick walk-through on the forum post and check it out!
  • We have been firmly focused on our testing and validation of the LXD container support, along with vCenter driver updates, and we are getting very close to releasing a beta version for OpenNebula 5.8.  Keep your eyes peeled!

Community

As the holiday season approaches, and we coast into the new year, we give a big thanks to the User Community for your continued support and enthusiasm in pushing OpenNebula forward, and for sharing your experiences and insight.

Outreach

And as we look toward the new year, we have been working fervently on the OpenNebula plan for 2019:

  • We sent out our 2018 User Survey with the hopes of getting useful insight into your needs and suggested areas of focus. Your feedback is extremely valuable, so we urge you to fill it out, if you haven’t already.  (It takes 5 minutes, max).
  • We will soon be wrapping up our OpenNebula TechDay schedule for 2019. We sent out a Call for Hosts, and are working on finalizing our schedule.  There’s still time to submit your request to host a TechDay of your own.

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and look forward to ringing in the new year together!

Best wishes, and Stay Connected!

Our newsletter contains the highlights of the OpenNebula project and its Community throughout the month.

Technology

There are a lot of OpenNebula features currently being worked on that deserve some attention:

  • We are working on an upcoming feature with the aim to simplify the management of VM templates that can be deployed on multiple clusters – by creating an automated selection process for the VM networks.  Check out the recent post.
  • Migrating workloads both to and from KVM to VMware hypervisors will soon be as simple as bread and butter for breakfast. Check out the recent post.
  • We are also working on a “self-provisioning” method for Virtual Networks.  No longer will Virtual Networks be created only by cloud administrators, but rather, end-users can be given the ability to make changes at the logic level, like changes to IP ranges, to the DNS server, etc.

Keep an eye out for the upcoming version 5.8!

Community

November has been an exciting month for the User Community.

Outreach

  • We currently have our 2019 OpenNebula TechDay Call for Hosts open.  Take a look at your calendars, and think about planning a TechDay of your own!
  • We want your feedback!!
    • In the coming weeks, we are going to be sending out an OpenNebula survey, with the intention of learning a bit about how you are using OpenNebula.  Please plan to take the time to fill it out, as its purpose is for us to be able to serve you better!
    • If you attended the OpenNebulaConf in Amsterdam, and you haven’t submitted your feedback survey, please do so, and let us know what you think!

Let’s welcome in December!

Stay Connected!

Our newsletter contains the highlights of the OpenNebula project and its Community throughout the month.

Technology

This month the team released vOneCloud version 3.2.1, which is based on OpenNebula 5.6.1, and as such, it includes all the bug fixes and functionalities introduced in 5.6.1

A few examples include:

  • Order of elements in list API calls can be selected (ascending or descending).
  • XMLRPC calls can report the client IP and PORT.
  • New quotas for VMS allow you to configure limits for VMs “running”.
  • The Virtual Machines that are associated to a Virtual Router have all actions allowed except nic-attach/dettach.

For more details of what is included in vOneCloud 3.2.1, check the Release Notes.

There are several other items “in the oven”, getting ready for release.  Here are a few:

  • We’ve been working on making Virtual Network self-provisioning easier, by allowing end-users to create their own networks from pre-defined network templates.
  • We are making continued progress on the LXD drivers, and getting them in shape for version 5.8.
  • Very soon vCenter users will be able to download any appliance from the Marketplace. OpenNebula datastore drivers will take care of any image conversion required.
  • Lastly, King has “Funded a Feature” through our FaF program – this one allowing Virtual Machines to define automatic network selection for their NICs. The scheduler will pick the best Virtual Network at deployment time. This will simplify the VM Template management, as it will reduce the overall number of templates needed.

Community

Across the OpenNebula User Community, we continue to see interesting and important conversation and discussion.

Leboncoin posted a thorough overview on their own blog of their infrastructure needs – including High Availability and Production stability – along with details on how their choice of using OpenNebula has helped them to successfully build and manage their own IaaS environment.  Take a moment to read the article.

“[The] OpenNebula community is also particularly active and new features are coming out regularly.”

Nodeweaver posted that they have an update being prepared to allow for single-click deployment of their Terraformer VM which integrates Ansible and Terraform to manage OpenNebula resources.  Along with this, in the near future, expect to see the VM available for use in the OpenNebula Marketplace.

LINBIT has been working on a new storage driver that integrates LINSTOR with OpenNebula. Some of the features are:

  • Deploy disk images to storage nodes automatically, or on selected nodes.
  • Attach images to hosts over the network.
  • Easy deployment of highly available images.
  • Allows live migration of VMs, even using the ssh system datastore transfer manager

LINBIT will be leading the effort to create this as an OpenNebula Add-On, so “keep your eyes peeled”.

Though more generic, here’s a quick reference to an interesting article about the ongoing transformation of Data Centers.

And lastly, as we communicated late in September, OpenNebula released an initial prototype, (with source code and packages available at the OpenNebula GitHub), for Host Provisioning.  We continue to develop this set of capabilities. In the meantime, we published a Blog post reviewing a practical exercise we carried out using this Host Provisioning feature to demonstrate its value as the case for Edge Computing continues to grow.

Outreach

October is a long month, and we have been busy, but mostly with our sights set on November! We’ve put in a great amount of planning into this year’s OpenNebula Conference 2018, which is scheduled for November 12-13 in Amsterdam.  We have a great agenda of speakers lined up, with Hands-on tutorials, and plenty of opportunity to network, share, and discuss with experts and practitioners in the cloud community.  We look forward to seeing many of you in Amsterdam. For those who cannot attend, we will be providing updates, presentation documents, and videos from the #OpenNebulaConf.

In addition, OpenNebula will be attending the VMworld Europe Conference in Barcelona from November 5-8.  We’ll be there ready to showcase OpenNebula’s integration with VMware Cloud on AWS, along with the new features of both OpenNebula 5.6 and vOneCloud 3.2.1.  Be sure to swing by booth #E422!

Soon enough, 2019 will be here.  Start thinking about hosting an OpenNebula TechDay!

We’ll see you in November! Stay Connected!

Our monthly newsletter contains the major achievements of the OpenNebula project and its community during the month of September 2018.

Technology

This month the team released OpenNebula 5.6.1 – a new maintenance release of the 5.6 “Blue Flash” series, which addresses several bug fixes, as well as incorporating various feature enhancements.  A few examples include:

  • List subcommands use pagination when in an interactive shell.
  • Order of elements in list API calls can be selected.
  • XMLRPC calls report the client IP and PORT
  • New quotas for VMS allows to configure limits for running VMs “running”.
  • Update Host hook triggers to include all possible states.
  • ‘onezone set’ should allow temporary zone changes.
  • VMs associated to a Virtual Router now feature all lifecycle actions.

OpenNebula 5.6.1 is the first version which includes “Enterprise Add-ons”, which are extended capabilities available for customers of OpenNebula Systems with an active support subscription.

For more details of what is included in OpenNebula 5.6.1, check the Release Notes.

We also closed out the month with the Release of our Host Provisioning Prototype!  This is a project on which we have been working in order to bring additional flexibility and improved efficiency to data center configurations. And it’s just the first step in OpenNebula’s focus to support the deployment of Edge Computing environments.  You can review here the details surrounding this “oneProvision” prototype.

We continue to move ahead with OpenNebula 5.8.  One of the key features that will be included in this upcoming version is OpenNebula’s support for managing LXD containers (Operating System-level Virtualization).  Some of the details and key benefits are outlined in this earlier post.

For vOneCloud, we are currently working on vOne 3.2.1, which will incorporate the same functionalities and advances which we included in our release of OpenNebula 5.6.1.

Lastly, our push for completeness and flexibility continues to grow as we focus on incorporating Python binding, (in addition to Ruby and Java) within OpenNebula.

Community

This section is where we, at OpenNebula, get most excited!  As we all continue to work and focus on bringing real value to the market through the OpenNebula platform, one of the key goals we maintain is to foster genuine interest and engagement amongst our Community.  So much of what are able to achieve depends on you, the OpenNebula users and contributors. So when we see involvement and commitment across the Community, we know that the OpenNebula project is bound for continued growth.

For example, check out this great blog contribution by Inoreader, outlining their step-by-step evolution from a Bare-Metal server architecture to completely virtualizing their infrastructure using OpenNebula and KVM for virtualization, along with StorPool for storage.

Simon Haly, the CEO of LizardFS published a brief about their collaboration with Nodeweaver to create a plugin “scale [your] OpenNebula cloud to Petabytes and beyond.” https://www.prurgent.com/2018-09-18/pressrelease447786.htm

Additionally, in a tweet earlier this month – both simple and direct – LINBIT highlighted the ease with which one can use the OpenNebula image driver,…and then posted a video demo.

The image driver for @opennebula makes #DRBD volumes easily to place VMs on.

Even beyond the direct impacts of our code, many contributors from the OpenNebula Community provided feedback and insight into a recent European Union publication on how to bring Standards and the Open Source community closer together.

And lastly, in the Community space, OpenNebula introduced Michael Abdou, their new Community and Customer Success Manager…read here.

Outreach

In the last week of September, we collaborated with LINBIT as they hosted an OpenNebula TechDay in Frankfurt, Germany!  In addition to offering a FREE Hands-on Tutorial of OpenNebula, we saw presentations and demos carried out by LINBIT, Mellanox, and Hystax.  Here you can check out how things fared at the Frankfurt TechDay.

Keep an eye out for upcoming TechDays, as we try to schedule these sessions periodically throughout the year, in various locations – all free of charge. Or even partner with us to host one of your own!!  OpenNebula TechDay info.

Don’t forget!  The OpenNebula Conference 2018 is right around the corner.  On November 12-13 we will be in Amsterdam, and there will be plenty of which you can take advantage!  From Hands-on Tutorials and Keynotes to Lightning Talks and Community discussions. Take a look at the agenda – plan on joining us in Amsterdam!  http://2018.opennebulaconf.com/

Join our Sponsor Program and be sure to maximize your benefits from the Conference.  The OpenNebula Conference 2018 is currently sponsored by StorPool, LINBIT and NTS as Platinum Sponsors and Virtual Cable SLU and ROOT as Silver Sponsors.  We would love to see you be a part of our team of sponsors!

One more item to put on your calendar is VMworld in Barcelona, on November 5-8, 2018.  We will be there with an exhibit for all things OpenNebula and vOneCloud.  Make sure to swing by booth E422!

More to come in October!!  Stay connected!

Our monthly newsletter contains the major achievements of the OpenNebula project and its community this August.

Technology

The team is working to release a new maintenance release of Blue Flash shortly, version 5.6.1. It includes several bugfixes as well as non disruptive minor enhancements like revisited quota categories for running and total VMs. Included in the bugfixes comes a new way of handling the DB upgrades so different encodings do not break the final OpenNebula install. Stay tuned!

Also, 5.8 roadmap is getting shape. One of the novelties will be support for a new container technology. This is still work in progress, so we’ll disclose it in the next newsletter (or before if you are up to date in our development portal). How’s that for a cliffhanger?

We are proud to be among the first batch of technologies which are ready to manage VMware clouds on AWS, in their new shiny service. Check out more in our blog.

A new version of vOneCloud, 3.2, has been released this month. vOneCloud 3.2 is powered by OpenNebula 5.6 ‘Blue Flash’, and, as such, includes functionality presents in Blue Flash relevant to vOneCloud, like a revamped import mechanism, overall driver performance, VNC options for Wild VMs, network creation reworked, migrate VMs between clusters, marketplace (this one is a biggie!), Docker integration,Schedule periodic actions, and more. If you have a vSphere infrastructure, and you want to turn it into a multi-tenant private cloud, with a slick self-service provisioning portal, give it a try!

Community

It is always pleasant to see how people from the community are engaged during these summer months. We want to give a shout out and two big thumbs up to everyone that helps newcomers to OpenNebula in the community support forum! This greatly helps the project.

A report by the European Union on open source and standards is bound to talk about OpenNebula, and this one indeed does. Is worth reading it to see the scope of your favorite CMP project.

OpenNebula was designed to be Cloud-API agnostic. It provides Cloud consumers with choice of interfaces, from open Cloud to de-facto standards. OpenNebula does not try to reinvent the wheel and implements existing standards when available.

Also about standards, we are very proud that OpenNebula is the first reference implementation of the OCCI cloud computing API standard.

Outreach

Remember that if you register for the OpenNebulaConf 2018 before the 15th of September you will have a 20% discount! Check out the excellent keynotes and talks in the agenda, this conference is packed with amazing feedback from community members, not to miss out!

OpenNebulaConf EU, Amsterdam 2018 is sponsored by StorPool, Linbit and NTS as Platinum Sponsor and Virtual Cable SLU and root.nl as Silver Sponsor. There are still spots available to get the most of OpenNebulaConf 2018 by joining our Sponsor Program. Read more about how to sponsor and the benefits here.

An OpenNebula team representation attended the VMworld 2018 US in Las Vegas, participating in the OpenNebula and vOneCloud booth. In case you missed out, and you want an OpenNebula pen, stickers and a view of the latest features of OpenNebula with a live demo, you still have the chance to come to Barcelona this November to the european VMworld!


This month Hitachi Vantara held a TechDay in Santa Clara, where a hands-on tutorial was given to the attendees, and several quality talks, including a really interesting one by the hosts on their journey from vCloud Director to OpenNebula.

Also, if you are in the neighborhood, do not miss the following TechDay and get your free OpenNebula training session!

This monthly newsletter gives an overview of the work and achievements during the last month by the OpenNebula project and its community.

The Santa Clara’s TechDay is around the corner. If you are in the area by the end of August, do not miss the chance to register.

Technology

The team is working on the roadmap definition for OpenNebula 5.8. Yes! You read it right. 5.6 has been just recently taken out of the oven, but 5.8 is already on the works. There is still time to influence the roadmap, so please feel free to steer towards our development page in GitHub and let us know about which cool features we can add to your favourite cloud management platform.

After the recent release of vOneCloud 3.0.7, the team is also working on a new version of vOneCloud (3.2), based on OpenNebula ‘Blue Flash’ 5.6.0, to bring the innovations in the vCenter driver to vOneCloud: stability and performance improvements, new features like a extended multi cluster support or a redesigned importation workflow with new Sunstone tabs.

In case you haven’t heard, AWS now offers a bare metal service as another choice of EC2 instances. This condition enables you to leverage the highly scalable and available AWS public cloud infrastructure in order to deploy your own Private Cloud platform based on full virtualization. We’ve prepared a post describing in high detail how can you deploy an OpenNebula instance in AWS bare metal to build a private cloud on a public cloud provider.

During the last months we have been working on a new internal project to enable disaggregated private clouds. The next OpenNebula release will bring the tools and methods needed to grow your private cloud infrastructure with physical resources from bare-metal cloud, initially individual hosts but eventually complete clusters, running on a remote bare-metal cloud providers.

Community

It appears that not everyone is in the beach this past month of July. The OpenNebula community is engaged and vibrant as ever, let us highlight a few examples.

Our friends at Nordeus agrees with us that OpenNebula and Ansible are a match made in heaven. See this blog post on how they manage their virtual infrastructure with Ansible modules that talk with OpenNebula. Delicious!

And now for a reisited blast from the past. This article describes a vulnerability in OpenNebula which has been fixed a while back, it is a very interesting security read. Also, it describes OpenNebula in a very to the point paragraph, which we would like to highlight further.

By relying on standard Linux tools as far as possible, OpenNebula reaches a high level of customizability and flexibility in hypervisors, storage systems, and network infrastructures.

We love community feedback. The critical one because it makes us improve further. And the good one, because it makes us blush, like this tweet about a smooth upgrade to 5.6. Smooth upgrade is our sign of identity!

Outreach

Remember that if you register for the OpenNebulaConf 2018 before the 15th of September you will have a 20% discount! Check out the excellent keynotes and talks in the agenda, this conference is packed with amazing feedback from community members, not to miss out!

OpenNebulaConf EU, Amsterdam 2018 is sponsored by StorPool, Linbit and NTS as Platinum Sponsor and Virtual Cable SLU and root.nl as Silver Sponsor. There are still spots available to get the most of OpenNebulaConf 2018 by joining our Sponsor Program. Read more about how to sponsor and the benefits here.

Members of the OpenNebula team will be presenting a new version of vOneCloud, alongside OpenNebula 5.6.0, in the VMworld 2018 US in Las Vegas. If you are around, don’t forget to pass by booth 2008 and chat with us! Also, we will be featuring a booth at VMworld EU 2018 that will be held the 20th of November in Barcelona.

Also, if you are in the neighborhood, do not miss the following two TechDays and get your free OpenNebula training session!

Wishing you the best summer!

Get an overview of the work and achievements during the last month, along with community updates, contributions and new integrations.

We are getting used to having great news every month, and June has brought us many many joys. Keep reading to discover why we had such a great period.

As a quick reminder, we would like to state that Santa Clara’s TechDay is the next big event in our agenda. Do not miss the chance to come!

Technology

OpenNebula 5.6 is here!!

Well, almost. We have released OpenNebula ‘Blue Flash’ Release Candidate which is just one step from being completely ready. You know we like to do things right even if it takes a bit longer. You can help us downloading this RC version, testing and reporting issues through our GitHub project or our community forum.

The OpenNebula team is now set to bug-fixing mode. Note that this is a Release Candidate aimed at testers and developers to try the new features, and send a more than welcomed feedback for the final release.

Of course we didn’t forget about our stable release OpenNebula 5.4 for which we have uploaded a maintenance release 5.4.13 including all the bug fixes from previous hotfix packages. You can download this built packages here.

Moreover we got some bugs solved in our latests hotfix updates OpenNebula 5.4.14 and 5.4.15

You know we, at OpenNebula, love to make your life easier, that is why we are so excited to present you the new oneprivision tool. Yes, as you might have guessed, this will make your host provisioning much quicker and easier. By just running a few commands you will be able to have a complete bare-metal host configured and running perfectly integrated with your cloud front-end. Our engineering team has tested this tool with Packet bare-metal servers and it works as a charm!

You can read everything about this new provisioning tool thanks to Alejandro Huertas, who has written this article containing a description and a how-to-use guide.

Community

It is impressive to be almost in July with the summer started and see how some of you are still working on bringing some great features to OpenNebula, instead of having a relaxing bath on the freshwater by the sea. We truly appreciate ;)

Before listing all the contributions of the community I would like to remind you that, until the day we release the stable version of OpenNebula 5.6, you still have time to help with the translations. So if you want OpenNebula to speak your language, contribute through this link. Contributions of any size are welcomed so don’t be shy.

To start with, we want to let you know that you now dispose of the latest Devuan ASCII free guest images ready to import in your OpenNebula infrastructures. You can check this neat tutorial for details on where to download and an installation guide.

Having new technologies integrated with OpenNebula is one of the biggest pleasures for the OpenNebula Team, this is why we are very excited to present the new TM driver developed by our colleagues at LizardFS. With this driver OpenNebula and LizardFS storage ar fully blended. For further information visit the following link.

Next, we would like to thanks @bestopensource for their great job on promoting open source projects like OpenNebula. This week they reminded all OpenNebula administrators that they can use this collection of scripts created by one of our most experienced and active users. Find these scripts here.

Also in Twitter Lorenzo Faleschini, CTO at NodeWeaver points out the easiness of working with OpenNebula:

 

Playing around with @nodeweaver at @HigecoSrl.
Devs are enjoying the ability to boot entire infrastructures to test their stack with a couple of clicks.
@opennebula Flow Happiness is in the air.

 

Outreach

Still a long way to the OpenNebulaConf 2018, however, we keep working on the organization to get interesting talks regarding open source projects and OpenNebula use cases in real world scenarios. Remember that if you register before the 15th of September you will have a 20% discount!

We know some of you can’t wait until November to see us but do not worry, we will be present in many events this summer.

If you live in the US this is your lucky summer. First you will be able to visit us at the VMworld US in Las Vegas on the 26-30th of August and then we will be present at Santa Clara’s OpenNebula TechDay hosted by Hitachi in their headquarters on the 30th of August. This TechDay is costless so feel free to register here and join us. Visit the event’s website to get all the information related.

Of course, as every year, we will have a booth at VMworld EU 2018 that will be held on the 5-8th of November in Barcelona presenting some of the greatest advances coming in OpenNebula Blue Flash.

We have some other events coming in between like Frankfurt TechDay hosted by LINBIT. Check out our official agenda to see more events and updates.

Okay, enough talk-shop!

I want to grasp this newsletter to wish you all, happy and long holidays. See you next month, with a nicer tan I hope ;)

Have a compact view of OpenNebula state by reading this monthly newsletter. Current development stages and overviews of following events are summarised in this document to keep our customers and community up to date.

This month OpenNebula travelled to Sofia and Barcelona for two splendid Technology Days. For this and more event related information go to the Outreach section of this newsletter.

For the OpenNebulaConf EU 2018, Amsterdam we are glad to announce some of the keynote speakers like Jonathan Grahl from King.com, German Gutiérrez from Booking.com, and Yordan Yordanov from Inoreader and we opened a Call for Presentations so that you can send us your suggestions for talks.

Technology

Facing the last weeks for the release of the new version of OpenNebula, the team is hardworking on bug fixing and fine tuning the software, so you can just sit and enjoy the experience of deploying and managing your own public, private or hybrid cloud.

For this reason we launched another hotfix release, OpenNebula 5.4.12 with minor bug fixes regarding importation of vCenter resources.

Now everything is ready for the release, we cannot wait much longer for you to try out all the new features coming with version 5.6 of OpenNebula. However we still need to do some testing in order to bring you a proven, trusty and stable software.

 

 

Community

We need you!!
Our software is widely used around the world, thus OpenNebula needs to speak all the languages possible for the good of the community. For this purpose we have launched a Call for Translations to which any of you can contribute in a really simple way. Read more about how to contribute in this short post with more details.

Now lets see some of the greatest contributions made by many of you. This month we have amazing news, keep reading!

What if we tell you that in next versions of Ansible you will have full integration for OpenNebula modules, with which to deploy VMs, create Hosts and Images? Well, this is not science fiction, it is a reality now!!!

Thanks to the work of the great Rafael del Valle and members of the Nordeus team, like Milan Ilic, we can say Ansible supports OpenNebula modules. This will make your infrastructure automation process a bed of roses. Ilic Milan has written this amusing article describing how to use Ansible to automate OpenNebula. Here you will find more detailed information of the functions you can use inside each module. It is indeed a good summary of the new OpenNebula modules inside Ansible.

One good example of this is shown by Digital Repositories on this tweet, where they tell how they use Ansible and OpenNebula for deploying VMs and automating processes on their own private cloud. You can see the work done and contribute to this modules in Ansible’s Github page.

We try to be updated with latest libraries and technologies to keep OpenNebula powerful and useful to our community. This is why we encourage you to demand new features through our forum or openning new issues in the Github repositories. For example @tobx and @jpfoures in our forum, demanded the integration of the new IOPS bursting option included in newer versions of QEMU libraries and we decided to include it for OpenNebula 5.6. You can find this love story in this forum thread ;)

Of course we have limited resources for developing all your demands, however as in this case, we are constantly listening to your demands and analyzing the viability for their development.
If you feel like you need some specific feature and you want it to be developed by our team you can follow this guide and contribute to the OpeNebula Project.

Outreach

Getting things ready for OpenNebulaConf EU 2018, Amsterdam. Stil there is some place for speakers, if you wish to have a talk in this event check the Call for Presentations. Any suggestion is welcome and will be listened to joyfully. Remember that early-bird registration is available until 15th of September, don’t miss the chance to get a 20% discount in your tickets.

OpenNebulaConf EU, Amsterdam 2018 is sponsored by StorPool and Linbit as Platinum Sponsor and Virtual Cable SLU as Silver Sponsor. There are still spots available to get the most of OpenNebulaConf 2018 by joining our Sponsor Program. Read more about how to sponsor and th benefits here.

This month OpenNebula has travelled to Sofia and Barcelona to have two wonderful TechDays in which we have conduct a free Hands-on tutorial for the attendees.There, everyone was able to see OpenNebula in action and play with some of the basic functionalities of the software. This way participants could get an overall picture of OpenNebula’s potential and its infinite possibilities.

Sofia’s OpenNebula Technology Day had great acceptance in Bulgaria, the event was a complete success thanks to the team of StorPool which organised a full equipped TechDay in which StorPool, OpenNebula and Inoreader shared knowledge and some of the latest integrations and developments. You can find all the slides following this link, under the Agenda section.

Just a week after OpenNebula was ready for the action again, this time in Barcelona thanks to the organiser CSUC and the sponsor Huawei. Share, learn and discover were the three verbs that better describe this pleasing experience. Attendees could enjoy a full day of talks describing use cases regarding OpenNebula, experiences and ,of course, a free Hands-on tutorial.
We hope you had a good experience just like we had.

Our good partners from LINBIT have decided to host another TechDay in Frankfurt, date will be the 26th of September, 2018. It is the first time OpenNebula goes to Frankfurt and we are sure it will be an enlightening experience for us and for all of you attending.

We have created a website for the Technogoly Day and as soon as we have the agenda ready we will publish it here.

And for our community in the US west coast, Hitachi Vantara is hosting a in Santa Clara, CA, on the 30th of August, 2018.

This was all for the month of May, be aware that we have important releases in the upcoming days so stay tuned!

The best way to have a quick overview of the current state of your favourite Cloud Platform. Check out the latest news and events regarding OpenNebula and stay up to date with the work done in the past month.

May will be full of events around OpenNebula, in the Outreach section of this newsletter you will find a review of all the TechDays, agenda and topics that will be discussed.

Technology

Last month we have been working on solving all the reported issues and “voilá!” we brought three hotfix releases for you.

OpenNebula 5.4.10 brought vOneCloud 3.0.6, which includes all the bug fixes and functionalities. Check this post for helpful links and further information. Find all the improvements and changelog on the Release Notes in our documentation site.

I know you are all anxious about the next major release OpenNebula 5.6, so again this month I will personally leak some of the new features coming, don’t tell anyone ;)

Cloud view changes, for the better of course. End-users will be able to see and control their quotas in real time. Surely your users will love to have all this information and keep a real time control of their resources.

As mentioned in past newsletters, the new amazing dashboard is faster and nicer, and this could only be possible with the integration of the latest Font Awesome libraries. We know many of the designers will love to play around with this new update.

Last one, KVM and vCenter will be more united than ever! In the new OpenNebula you will be able to control your hypervisors under the same view.

Stay tuned, probably for next month you will be able to read all about OpenNebula 5.6

Community

Lets go and start a quick review on the activity of our community. This section will go through all the actions concerning OpenNebula and community interests. Keep reading.

Get your cloud up and running with this detailed tutorial written by Jonathan Philipos and published at Packet.net. In this tutorial you will learn how to build your cloud on fast and secure servers provided by Packet. We have already follow this tutorial step by step and it was so nice and simple that even we were surprised about the greatness of this synergy!. Find this tutorial here and delight yourself.

Again our active partners from CSUC have made an interesting report on the OpenNebula provider for terraform developed by Runtastic team. Not only this, they have also a great tutorial explaining how to deploy kubernetes cluster on OpenNebula, in a fully automated way with Terraform and Ansible.

Even more! They have another tutorial about how to deploy Docker machines in OpenNebula using the docker-machine driver. We would like to propose a big toast to this amazing work, cheers!

 

Impressive achievement coming from Carlo Daffara, one of the most respected members of OpenNebula’s community. Via twitter he has proved to have a soft-realtime scheduling engine, which will guarantee a percentage of CPU to a KVM over some range of time. As he states on the tweet:

“Will make quite an interesting option for industrial control systems”

To finish this section, we would like to encourage all the users of OpenNebula to send us their feedback. Use our github and forum for opening issues or asking for new features, this helps us to improve OpenNebula but more important, an active community, helps all the members that are part of it.

So, don’t be shy and ask for help whenever you need it!

Outreach

As we mentioned on the introduction to this newsletter, May will be full of OpenNebula events around the globe.

The nearest Technology Day is in Sofia, the beautiful capital of Bulgaria and will take place on Monday the 14th of May. Organised by StorPool, everything is prepared to have a great day of sharing and learning from the most experienced experts of the Cloud world.

Seats are limited so, don’t miss the chance to get your free pass.

You can read more detailed information like the agenda, speakers and topics, here. Register to this event here.

 

There will be a TechDay in Barcelona on the 28th of May hosted by CSUC. As in all our Technology Days here you will be able to attend a Hands-on Tutorial imparted by one of our Cloud Engineers. Also there will be many talks regarding Cloud Technologies. Unfortunately seats are limited, be quick and get yours here.

And REMEMBER, very early bird tickets for OpenNebulaConf2018, Amsterdam 12-13 November, are available until May 15th, hurry up and get yours here!

For the rest of the events visit our agenda.