Release of OpenNebula 1.0 for Data Center Virtualization & Cloud Solutions

The dsa-research group is pleased to announce that a stable release (v1.0) of the OpenNebula (ONE) Virtual Infrastructure Engine is available for download under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0. ONE enables the dynamic allocation of virtual machines on a pool of physical resources, so extending the benefits of existing virtualization platforms from a single physical resource to a pool of resources, decoupling the server not only from the physical infrastructure but also from the physical location.

Main Features

The OpenNebula Virtual Infrastructure Engine differentiates from existing VM managers in its highly modular and open architecture designed to meet the requirements of cluster administrators. The last version supports Xen and KVM virtualization platforms to provide the following features and capabilities:

  • Centralized management, a single access point to manage a pool of VMs and physical resources.
  • Efficient resource management, including support to build any capacity provision policy and for advance reservation of capacity through the Haizea lease manager
  • Powerful API and CLI interfaces for monitoring and controlling VMs and physical resources
  • Easy 3rd party software integration to provide a complete solution for the deployment of flexible and efficient virtual infrastructures
  • Fault tolerant design, state is kept in a SQLite database.
  • Open and flexible architecture to add new infrastructure metrics and parameters or even to support new Hypervisors.
  • Support to access Amazon EC2 resources to supplement local resources with cloud resources to satisfy peak or fluctuating demands.
  • Ease of installation and administration on UNIX clusters
  • Open source software released under Apache license v2.0
  • As engine for the dynamic management of VMs, OpenNebula is being enhanced in the context of the RESERVOIR project (EU grant agreement 215605) to address the requirements of several business use cases.

More details at http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=documentation:rn-rel1.0

Relevant Links

  • Benefits and Features: http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=about
  • Documentation: http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=documentation
  • Release Notes: http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=documentation:rn-rel1.0
  • Download: http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=software
  • Ecosystem: http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=ecosystem

First Technology Preview of the Haizea Lease Manager

I would like to give a warm welcome to Haizea to the virtualization ecosystem. The new technological component is an open-source VM-based lease management architecture, which can be used

  • As a platform for experimenting with scheduling algorithms that depend on VM deployment or on the leasing abstraction.
  • In combination with the OpenNebula virtual infrastructure manager, to manage a Xen or KVM cluster, allowing you to deploy different types of leases that are instantiated as virtual machines (VMs).

Its full integration with OpenNebula will be part of the next Technoloy Preview (TP1.1), due mid-july. Haizea is being developed by Borja Sotomayor, a PhD student at the University of Chicago, who is now visiting our research group partially funded by the European Union’s FP7 Reservoir project (“Resources and Services Virtualization without Barriers”).

Ignacio Martín Llorente

New Technology Preview (TP2) of the OpenNEbula (ONE) Virtual Infrastructure Engine

I am pleased to announce that a new Technology Preview (TP2) of the OpenNEbula (ONE) Virtual Infrastructure Engine is available for download under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0. ONE enables the dynamic deployment and re-allocation of virtual machines on a pool of physical resources, so extending the benefits of existing virtualization platforms from a single physical resource to a pool of resources, decoupling the server not only from the physical infrastructure but also from the physical location.

ONE Technology Preview 2 extends the functionality for management of both physical resources and virtual machines, and provides resources for developers, making public the Trac web interface .

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Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference

This week we (Javier Fontan and me) are attending the Open Source Grid Conference. The conference overall is being great, and I feel that in general the audience is more active than that of a more paper oriented type of meeting. We have had the opportunity to talk to some GridWay users and discuss with them future directions and new features for the meta-scheduler. Also, there has been a couple of session tracks devoted to virtualization with some quite interesting presentations (you can get the slides from the conference site). In one of these sessions we performed a demo of the OpenNebula TP, where we demonstrated an use case: the dynamic provision of a SGE cluster… Fortunately everything worked out fine, and we also got very interesting feedback from some of the attendees.

GridWay Tutorial at the Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference
Photo from the GridWay Tutorial at the Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference ;)

Ruben S. Montero