The Package Build Repository is Now Public

Alongside the release of OpenNebula 5.4 we have made the repository with package scripts and specs public.

https://github.com/OpenNebula/packages

It comes with documentation on how you can create your own packages in case you want to add patches to them or build non stable versions. This is the repository used to generate official packages so feel free to send pull requests in case you find problems.

 

vOneCloud 3.0 Released – Full Storage and Network Support

OpenNebula Systems has just announced the availability of vOneCloud version 3.0. This is the first vOneCloud release that offers full storage and network management capabilities.

vOneCloud 3.0 is powered by OpenNebula 5.4.0 ‘Medusa’, and, as such, it includes functionality present in Medusa relevant to vOneCloud:

  • Enhanced storage management, vOneCloud is fully aware of all VMs disks. Non-persistent images and volatiles disks are now supported.
  • Storage quotas and datastore capacity check, never run out of capacity correctly dimensioning the available datastores and the storage quotas given to end users
  • Balance storage load of VMs across datastores automatically without the need of Storage DRS
  • Linked clone support, add support for linked clones for VMs at the time of importing a VM Template
  • Disk resize capabilitiesresize the capacity of a VM disk at boot time or when the VM is in poweroff
  • Save disk functionalityregister any VM disk as an image for later use in VMs, either directly from a VM Template or through the disk attach operation
  • Save as Template functionalitysave any VM as a VM Template at any point during its lifecycle
  • Folder management, define in which vCenter folder you want your VMs into, on a VM to VM basis.
  • Network creation support, a new vCenter network model is available in virtual network definition, standard and different port groups and vSwitches can be created from within OpenNebula. VLAN IDs, MTUs and number of ports can be specified when a port group is created.
  • Full storage and networking support in imported VM Templates, images and networks representing disks and network interfaces are created for VM templates and folder placement features.
  • Improved CDROM management, now a new CDROM drive is added to the VM if not present when an ISO image is attached
  • Imported VMs improvements, with the possibility of adding VNC to any imported VM.
  • Removed naming limitations, vCenter cluster and datastore names with spaces are now supported
  • Improved performance, up to two orders of magnitude of speedup in monitoring and import times, as well as less error prone synchronous calls to vCenter
  • Faster VM deployment, with up to 10 VM spinning up simultaneously per cluster
  • User input sorting, to ask information in the correct order to end users (for instance, username before password), and also new types (lists, booleans, etc)
  • Improved naming conventions, to allow importing resources with the same name in different vCenter locations
  • Numerous web interface enchancements, like automatic estimation of VM cost through the Showback mechanism, better VM information display in Cloud View, image upload resume option, improved user and group management dialogs and many more.
  • Better audit trail, now the history records of VMs includes the UID of the user that perfomed the action

Multiple bugfixes and documentation improvements have been included in this version. For instance, deleting SSH keys from cloud view, importing images with correct size, VM contextualization persistance across reboots, disk not removed if detached in poweroff state, context disk not displayed in Sunstone, skip import of resources if no permissions available, and a long list of other bugfixes and enhancements that can be consulted in the development portal.

OpenNebula Systems will run a booth at VMworld 2017 US in Las Vegas on August 27-31 and at VMworld 2017 EU in Barcelona on September 11-14 where they will demo the new version.

Upgrade to 3.0 from previous versions cannot be performed automatically. If you hold an active support subscription, please contact OpenNebula Systems to schedule a vOneCloud upgrade.

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TechDay Vancouver, 1 September 2017, hosted by Best Buy

This year our friends at BestBuy Canada have organized a TechDay in Vancouver. As usual there will be a 4-hour OpenNebula tutorial and in the evening we will learn about the new release and whatever question you may have. Hurry up and join us!

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OpenNebula Newsletter – July 2017

Check out the highlights of the OpenNebula project this last month regarding technology, community and outreach in this monthly newsletter of your favourite cloud management platform.

The agenda for the OpenNebulaConf EU 2017, in Madrid this October have been announced, including BlackBerry, Trivago, Runtastic and the Ministry of the Flemish community. Also, you can check the videos, pictures and slides of the OpenNebulaConf US 2017 in this post.

Technology

OpenNebula Medusa 5.4 is out in the wild, and the team is now analyzing carefully the feedback given by users to identify any issue with the release. So far things are looking good, the team will probably be releasing a 5.4.1 maintenance release in September to address the minor issues seen in the forum.

In Medusa, almost every component of OpenNebula has been reviewed to target usability and functional improvements, trying to keep API changes to a minimum to avoid disrupting ecosystem components. Three major features that are important to highlight follow.

An important focus has been on the vCenter integration, with an enhanced network and storage management. Also, new components have been added to improve the OpenNebula experience.

  • Full storage management. Non-Persistent images are now supported as well as volatile disks. OpenNebula is now aware of all VM disks and storage quotas can be enforced. Support for linked clones and Marketplace.
  • Full network management. It is now possible to create vCenter standard and distributed port groups and even vSwitches directly from within OpenNebula. You can assign a VLAN ID to a port group created by OpenNebula.
  • Improved monitoring. Up to two orders of magnitude of speedup.
  • An enhanced import process where naming limitations in imported resources has been removed and the ability to enable VNC automatically for Wild VMs.
  • Disk resizing, VM and Templates folder selection when a VM is deployed… and many more changes!

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A new resource, the VM Groups, has been added to implement VM-VM and VM-Host affinity/anti-affinity rules. A VM group is a set of related virtual machines that may impose placement constraints based on affinity and anti-affinity rules. A VM group is defined as a set of Roles. A Role defines a VM type or class, and expressions to the VM Group can be added to define affinity between VM roles, or between VM and hosts. This ensures a dynamic approach to affinity/anti-affinity since new VMs can be enrolled to a particular Role at boot time, after the VM Group has been defined and other VMs added to it.

OpenNebula 5.4 brings to the table a native implementation of a consensus algorithm, which enables the High Availability deployment of the OpenNebula front-end without relying to third party components. This distributed consensus protocol provides fault-tolerance and state consistency across OpenNebula services.

And many other new features that can be checked out in the Medusa release notes.

The team is working now on a new release of vOneCloud, 3.0, which is going to bring all the excellence in vCenter management exposed by OpenNebula 5.4.

Community

Even in summer, the OpenNebula community does not go into vacation mode. It seems that it never sleeps

Spreading the word is a great support for the project, and it is very good news to learn how OpenNebula enables learning computer science and makes teachers jobs easier.

Software integrations with third party applications, like for instance this VDI (Disclaimer, tweet in spanish) really enriches the OpenNebula ecosystem.

Equally important are the maintenance of OpenNebula addons. Contributing an addon is great by all means, but maintaining it and extending the documentation, ie, keeping it alive, is what really makes it useful for future OpenNebula releases. This is why notices such as this new version of the LXDoNe or new documentation for the vCloud driver are very good news!

Outreach

The first ever OpenNebulaConf in the US was held this past June, in Boston to be precise. We had a lot of wonderful attendees and some really great speakers delivering really interesting talks and sharing their experiences. We would like to thank all attendees and speakers for their support. If you missed the conference, now you have a chance to watch the talks in the YouTube playlist, download the slides or take a look to the pictures of the conference.

The agenda for the next edition of the OpenNebulaConf EU that will take place in Madrid, Spain, this October. The conference will be packed with very interesting talks about the production use of OpenNebula, so make sure you register if you’ll be on the area!

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The next OpenNebula TechDay will happen in Vancouver after the summer break, the 1st of September, hosted by Best Buy. The event is almost full, so if you are in the area make sure you register a soon as possible, or risk missing the opportunity!

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. Booth 1121.
  • VMworld 2017 Europe, September 11-14, Barcelona, Fira Gran Via. Booth E430.

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.

vOneCloud/OpenNebula at VMworld 2017 US in Las Vegas

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Next 27-31 August VMworld 2017 US will be held in Las Vegas. This is a must attend event where almost everyone with an interest in virtualization and cloud computing will be networking with industry experts.

The OpenNebula team will be present in the VMworld with a booth dedicated to showcase the new upcoming vOneCloud 3.0 (release date in a few days incorporating the new OpenNebula 5.4), the open source replacement for VMware vCloud. There will be a focus on new features like enhanced network and storage management, support for linked clones, disk resizing, save-as template functionality for VMware VMs, disk save-as functionality, automatic storage scheduling, storage quotas and many more.

If you are planning to attend VMworld next month, make sure you register and do not forget to come around our booth, 1121. You will be able to see in a live demo how a VMware based infrastructure can be turned into a cloud with a slick, fully functional self-service portal to deliver a VM catalog to your end users, in 5 minutes!.

OpenNebula 5.4 ‘Medusa’ is Out!

The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of the stable release of OpenNebula 5.4 ‘Medusa’. Medusa is the third release of the OpenNebula 5 series. A significant effort has been applied in this release to enhance features introduced in 5.2 Excession, while keeping an eye in implementing those features more demanded by the community.

As usual almost every component of OpenNebula has been reviewed to target usability and functional improvements, trying to keep API changes to a minimum to avoid disrupting ecosystem components. An important focus has been on the vCenter integration, with an enhanced network and storage management. Also, new components have been added to improve the OpenNebula experience.

A major overhaul has been applied to the vCenter integration. The team decided to go all the way and level the vCenter integration with the KVM support. This means:

  • Full storage management. Non-Persistent images are now supported as well as volatile disks. OpenNebula is now aware of all VM disks and storage quotas can be enforced. Support for linked clones and Marketplace.
  • Full network management. It is now possible to create vCenter standard and distributed port groups and even vSwitches directly from within OpenNebula. You can assign a VLAN ID to a port group created by OpenNebula.
  • Improved monitoring. Up to two orders of magnitude of speedup.
  • An enhanced import process where naming limitations in imported resources has been removed and the ability to enable VNC automatically for Wild VMs.
  • Disk resizing, VM and Templates folder selection when a VM is deployed… and many more changes!

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A new resource, the VM Groups, has been added to implement VM-VM and VM-Host affinity/anti-affinity rules. A VM group is a set of related virtual machines that may impose placement constraints based on affinity and anti-affinity rules. A VM group is defined as a set of Roles. A Role defines a VM type or class, and expressions to the VM Group can be added to define affinity between VM roles, or between VM and hosts. This ensures a dynamic approach to affinity/anti-affinity since new VMs can be enrolled to a particular Role at boot time, after the VM Group has been defined and other VMs added to it.

 

 

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To top it all, OpenNebula 5.4 brings to the table a native implementation of a consensus algorithm, which enables the High Availability deployment of the OpenNebula front-end without relying to third party components. This distributed consensus protocol provides fault-tolerance and state consistency across OpenNebula services. A consensus algorithm is built around two concepts, System State -the data stored in the database tables- and Log -a sequence of SQL statements that are consistently applied to the OpenNebula DB in all servers-. To preserve a consistent view of the system across servers, modifications to system state are performed through a special node, the leader. The servers in the OpenNebula cluster elects a single node to be the leader. The leader periodically sends heartbeats to the other servers (follower*) to keep its leadership. If a leader fails to send the heartbeat, followers promote to candidates and start a new election. This feature, with support from floating IPs and a proper Sunstone configuration, gives robustness to OpenNebula clouds. This new functionality of distributed system state is also used to implement OpenNebula federation. In both cases (Federation and HA) no support is needed from MySQL to create a clustered DB, so admins can forget about MySQL replication.

There are many other improvements in 5.4, like improved VM lifecycle, flexible resource permissions, life disk resizing, improved Ceph support, enhanced disk I/O feedback, showback cost estimate in Sunstone, flexible IPv6 definition, http proxy support for marketplace, purge tools for the OpenNebula database, resource group isolation, multiple Sunstone improvements (VNC, password dialogs, confirmation dialogs, better vCenter support, persistent labels, usability enhacenents), networking improvements, user inputs in OneFlow and many many more features to enrich your cloud experience. As with previous releases, and in order to achieve a reliable cloud management platform, the team has gone great lengths to fix reported bugs and improve general usability.

This OpenNebula release is named after the Medula Nebula, a large planetary nebula in the constellation of Gemini on the Canis Minor border. It also known as Abell 21 and Sharpless 2-274. It was originally discovered in 1955 by UCLA astronomer George O. Abell, who classified it as an old planetary nebula. The braided serpentine filaments of glowing gas suggests the serpent hair of Medusa found in ancient Greek mythology.

OpenNebula 5.4 Medusa is considered to be a stable release and as such, and update is available in production environments.

The OpenNebula project would like to thank the community members and users who have contributed to this software release by being active with the discussions, answering user questions, or providing patches for bugfixes, features and documentation.

The VM Groups functionality, the configurable semantics of the VM operations permissions (ADMIN, MANAGE and USE) and the improved VM history functionality were funded by BlackBerry in the context of the Fund a Feature Program. The configurable image persistency setting and the new Non-SLAAC IPv6 Address Range were funded by University of Louvain.

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