Clox, a Cost-Effective and Efficient Cloud Platform based on OpenNebula

It is beyond any doubt the advantages that Cloud Computing has brought. Today, most companies have the need to adopt this paradigm in order to stay competitive on the market. Big and some medium size companies choose to deploy their own Private Clouds, inside their facilities. This is not the case for small companies who usually deploy their services over Public Clouds. The security, adaptability and economic feasibility of using Public Clouds are huge issues, and this is the reason why big companies have Public Clouds out of the picture. Why rent something when you can own it?

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Are small companies wrong? Are they wrong to resign to Private Cloud? Not necessarily, because the initial costs and complexity of current Private Cloud solutions are huge drawbacks, so small companies either can’t afford it or it is not profitable. This is the reason why CloX came to live.

CloX is a solution for small companies, enabling them to easily and cheaply deploy their Private Clouds and stop depending on Public Clouds. It is based on OpenNebula and LXD, so you can expect an easy of use, fully featured cloud orchestrator with minimum overhead, great performance and reduced deployment times. CloX is meant to be deployed over Single Board Computers (SBCs) based on ARM processors providing low capital expenses and power consumption.

Besides Private Clouds, there are other areas where CloX can be helpful. This areas are:

  • Edge and Fog Computing:  The Internet of Things (IoT) devices explosion and the need for low processing times in some applications are making huge and centralized data-centers unable to handle the load. Edge and Fog Computing aim to solve this by placing computing capabilities at the network edge. Companies and researchers promote the use of “cloudlets” [1] although there is no general agreement on it’s architecture. CloX team is making an effort to prove CloX as a viable “cloudlet”.
  • High Performance Computing (HPC): The race towards achieving exaflop/s-capable systems is predicated on reaching this performance level within a 20MW power ceiling. Many researchers are trying to decrease this consumption [2]. In this paper, the authors conducted benchmarks towards an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform deployed with OpenStack over a Raspberry Pi cluster using LXC as hypervisor. The findings showed a performance degradation induced on the demanding HPC applications by the cloud middleware. By using OpenNebula and communicating with LXD directly over an API, which solves the causes for the performance degradation, CloX team expects much better results. Tests are pending, numbers will be shared once the benchmarkings are concluded.
  • Cloud simulations: A typical cloud data center usually contains tens of thousands of servers, making prohibitively expensive for an educational or research institution to construct one. Even a practical testbed consisting of a reasonable number of servers (say, 40 machines) can still be out of the reach for most researchers. Some researchers have instead focused on developing Cloud Computing simulators. While simulation has in the past been used to successfully model some of the underlying state of a target system (such as within network simulation), it fails to capture essential Cloud Computing properties in a number of ways. CloX might be used as a scale model of a data center. This idea was already proposed by the Glasgow University[3].

We would love to get feedback from OpenNebula’s community and people interested on the suggested topics. We welcome interested contributors.

 

[1] “Edge computing platforms and applications”, Mario Di Francesco

[2] “Performance Analysis of Cloud Environments on Top of Energy-Efficient Platforms Featuring Low Power Processors”, Valentin Plugaru – IEEE Conference Publication

[3] “The Glasgow Raspberry Pi Cloud: A Scale Model for Cloud Computing Infrastructures”, Fung Po Tso – IEEE Conference Publication

OpenNebula Newsletter – September 2017

A summary of the activity of the OpenNebula project this last month.

The OpenNebulaConf EU 2017 is around the corner! This month in Madrid, keynote speakers such as BlackBerry, Trivago, Runtastic and the Ministry of the Flemish community, as well as other prominent members of the OpenNebula community will be sharing their experiences with OpenNebula. There are limited seats, register ASAP!

Technology

A new maintenance release of OpenNebula, 5.4.1, has been released this month. This release introduces new functionality:

Also, multiple bugfixes related with vCenter and Sunstone, as well as in other subsystems has been fixed. Take a look at the release notes for an exhaustive list of changes introduced in this version.

Based on OpenNebula 5.4.1, the latest version of vOneCloud (3.0.2) has also been released, bringing all the new functionality to the best cloud manager on top of vCenter.

This month the team is set to prepare the roadmap for the next OpenNebula version, 5.6. It is the perfect time to let us know about the features you’d like to see in OpenNebula!.

Community

Having our community spread the word about OpenNebula is the best thing that can happen to an open source project. It was somewhat of a surprise to learn that in the AWS summit in Madrid,folks from Securitas Direct showcased their development cloud built on OpenNebula and Ansible. Pretty cool stuff!

#SecuritasDirect presenting their hybrid cloud environment based on @Ansible @OpenNebula @VMware @AWScloud and @Oracle VM #AWSSummit

Also, having long time partners like NodeWeavers winning relevant prizes fills us with pride and joy! Kudos from here and thanks a lot for believing in us!

Spanish native? You might enjoy this podcast on OpenNebula and other development related interesting things.

Outreach

The OpenNebulaConf EU will take place in Madrid, Spain, this October. You can check the agenda for more details, keynotes feature BlackBerry, Trivago, Runtastic and the Ministry of the Flemish community. Also, make sure you register if you’ll be on the area! Watch the talks in the YouTube playlist, download the slides or take a look to the pictures of the first US edition of the OpenNebulaConf that happened in Boston this past June.

This past month members of the OpenNebula team traveled to Ede in the Netherlands to give an OpenNebula TechDay, hosted by BIT.nl. It was a beautiful experience, we are always glad to see that the OpenNebula community in the Netherlands is one of the healthiest! You can check here the list of talks.

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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.

Ede Techday 2017 wrap-up

We are happy to let you know that the slides and talks of the Ede Techday 2017 are available!

We want to thank BIT.nl for their continued support and looking forward to next year’s event! And of course to our community: attendees and speakers.

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More info about the event.

vOneCloud 3.0.2 released!

We want to let you know that OpenNebula Systems has just announced the availability of vOneCloud version 3.0.2.

vOneCloud 3.0.2 is based in OpenNebula 5.4.1 and as such it includes all the bug fixes and functionalities introduced in 5.4.1: OpenNebula 5.4.1 Release Notes.

vOneCloud 3.0.2 is a maintenance release with the following added functionality:

  • Scroll Bar in Sunstone VM Log.
  • Add boolean to option list for User Inputs in VM template.
  • Additional confirmation level for critical actions and VMs.
  • Add volatile disk should allow user to specify size in MB as well as GB.
  • Wild VMs should import NICs and Disks.
  • Ease DS selection on VM Template update and instantiation.
  • Add SCHEDULED ACTIONS to VM Templates.

Also, this version comes with numerous bugfixes:

  • Improve consistency of networks created when importing templates and wilds.
  • OpenNebula flow should only work on leader.
  • VM with ipv6 Error in ip6tables chain.
  • detach disks are not being delete if vm is running.
  • detach disk is not being properly applied.
  • After a successful datastore monitoring UNKNOWN VMs change to RUNNING.
  • Wrong message when doing a disk save as.
  • Wrong error msg when disk saveas without name.
  • Support spaces in VMDK names and dirnames.
  • vCenter VM NICs pointing to the same network are not correctly identified.
  • Skip vCenter VApps when importing templates as they are not supported.
  • GPRAPHICS PORT is not cleared after freeing it in the cluster vnc port pool.
  • Wrong import of vCenter VM Templates with NICs in Distributed vSwitches or Distributed Ports.
  • Registering image with complex URL in PATH fails.
  • Empty list of Zombie VMs.
  • VMs wrongly reported as ZOMBIES.
  • OpenNebula does not take into account VM NIC MAC value
  • A myiriad of Sunstone bugfixes and small revamps.

Relevant Links

New Maintenance Release 5.4.1

The OpenNebula team is mighty pleased to announce the availability of OpenNebula 5.4.1, a new maintenance release of the 5.4.x series.This version fixes some problems -specially relevant are those fixed for the vCenter integration- found since 5.4.0 and adds some functionality.

New functionality for 5.4.1 has been introduced:

The following issues has been solved in 5.4.1:

Relevant Links

OpenNebulaConf 2017 EU – Early Bird Reg Coming Up!

Here’s your friendly reminder that next Wednesday, September 20, is the deadline to purchase passes for the OpenNebulaConf 2017 EU in Madrid at the early bird price, which saves you 20% off full price passes.

Register NOW before the prices increase!. Please consider, space is limited, register asap.

Hope to see you all in Madrid at OpenNebulaConf!

OpenNebula TechDay NL agenda

We are happy to announce the agenda for the OpenNebula TechDay NL, on September 19th 2017.

As usual, the day will start with a four hour hands-on session on OpenNebula. Attendees will learn to install, deploy, configure, manage and operate an OpenNebula cloud. We will build it from scrath by adding virtual networks, disk images, virtual machine templates, users, groups, acls and multi-vm services. We will deploy Virtual Machines, live-migrate them and cover many aspects and functionalities of OpenNebula.

After this tutorial and a tasty lunch courtesy of BIT.nl, there will be four presentations:

  • OpenNebula out in the Open by Ander Astudillo from SURFsara
  • OpenNebula at the VU by Roland den Hollander from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Ceph as OpenNebula data storage solution by Stefan Kooman from BIT.nl
  • New features in OpenNebula in 5.4 by Jaime Melis from OpenNebula Systems

More informationRegister here

See you soon!

vOneCloud/OpenNebula at VMworld 2017 EU in Barcelona

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Next 11-14 September VMworld 2017 EU will be held in Barcelona. 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 vOneCloud 3.0, which incorporates OpenNebula 5.4, the open source replacement for VMware vRealize. 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 week, make sure you register and do not forget to come around our booth, E430. 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!.

Upcoming OpenNebula Techday Ede, NL

The OpenNebula TechDay Ede NL 2017 will take place in two weeks. It will be held at the BIT.nl headquartes in Ede, Netherlands, on the 19th of September. BIT is an internet service provider and datacenter in The Netherlands. BIT offers internet access, email, hosting and colocating services for governments, organisations and businesses.

The event will start with a 4h hands-on workshop. This hands-on tutorial will give an overview of how OpenNebula is used to build and operate private clouds. The attendees will build, configure and operate their own OpenNebula cloud.

If you want to learn how to turn your virtualization based infrastructure into a full-fledged public or private cloud with all the benefits, you are very welcome to join us.

This event is targeted at cloud architects, data center admins, systems admins, systems integrators, DevOps architects, and solutions architect.

We still have speaker slots available, if you are interested, please send us an email.

OpenNebula Newsletter – August 2017

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter featuring highlights of the OpenNebula project. Learn about the latest developments, community and outreach of your favourite cloud manager.

Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in both editions of the VMworld 2017. Also, check the keynote speakers for the OpenNebulaConf EU 2017, in Madrid this October, including BlackBerry, Trivago, Runtastic and the Ministry of the Flemish community.

Technology

With OpenNebula Medusa 5.4 published this past July, the team is focusing now on the next maintenance release, 5.4.1, as well as preparing the roadmap for the next major release, OpenNebula 5.6. This is the perfect time to contribute your ideas to improve OpenNebula, this page from the project’s website lays out all the needed info (TL;DR create a request in the development portal).

If you were wondering how to add patches to them or build non stable versions this is your lucky month, since the team just published the package build repository, so everyone can build their own OpenNebula packages.

This month of August was also good news for vOneCloud users, with the release of vOneCloud 3.0.0 (and subsequent 3.0.1), which brings all the innovation introduced in OpenNebula 5.4. You can check the details in the release notes, the following are highlights of the new functionality in vOneCloud 3.0.0:

  • 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
  • Linked clone support, add support for linked clones for VMs at the time of importing a VM Template
  • Disk resize capabilities, resize the capacity of a VM disk at boot time or when the VM is in poweroff
  • 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.

Community

The team put a lot of effort in Medusa, and we want to thank you for the marvellous feedback received in the community forum, as well as the support given by the community to newcomers and people willing to upgrade their OpenNebula infrastructures.

It is also very welcome how people are keeping up to date with the latest releases. We hope you enjoying using OpenNebula as much as we enjoy developing it!

Integrations such as this one from UDS Enterprise gives indeed more flexibility to OpenNebula, with the ability to manage a VDI environment in an OpenNebula based infrastructure.

Release 5.2-4.1 of the LXDoNe OpenNebula addon has been released. LXDoNe add LXD management capabilities to OpenNebula, bringing container management to the cloud!

Outreach

The OpenNebulaConf EU will take place in Madrid, Spain, this October. The conference will be packed with very interesting talks about the real world uses of OpenNebula, check the agenda for more details, keynotes feature BlackBerry, Trivago, Runtastic and the Ministry of the Flemish community. Also, make sure you register if you’ll be on the area! The conference is a great place to learn about OpenNebula and cloud computing in general, don’t take our word for granted and watch the talks in the YouTube playlist, download the slides or take a look to the pictures of the first US edition of the OpenNebulaConf that happened in Boston this past June.

The next OpenNebula TechDay will happen in Vancouver after the summer break, the 1st of September, hosted by Best Buy Canada. 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!

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The OpenNebula team is going to feature a booth in both VMworlds this upcoming months. 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 (Medusa) of your favourite CMP and of vOneCloud (3.0.1):

  • 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.