C12G Labs Announces the Release of OpenNebula Pro 3.2

C12G Labs has just announced an update release of OpenNebulaPro, the enterprise edition of the OpenNebula Toolkit. OpenNebula 3.2, released two weeks ago, brings important benefits to cloud providers with a new easily-customizable self-service portal for cloud consumers, and builders with full support for VMware that now includes live migration, advanced contextualization and image management. The new release additionally included important enhancements in networking and security.

C12G delivers OpenNebulaPro for business, government, or other organizations looking for a hardened, certified, supported cloud platform. OpenNebulaPro combines the rapid innovation of open-source with the stability and long-term production support of commercial software. Compared to OpenNebula, the expert production and integration support of OpenNebulaPro and its higher stability increase IT productivity, speed time to deployment, and reduce business and technical risks.

OpenNebulaPro 3.2 integrates the most recent stable version of OpenNebula 3.2 with the bug, performance, and scalability patches developed by the community and by C12G for its customers and partners. Supported Linux distributions are RedHat Enterprise Linux, Suse Linux Enterprise, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian and OpenSuse; supported hypervisors are VMware, KVM and Xen; and the supported cloud provider for cloudbursting is Amazon Web Services. OpenNebulaPro 3.2 is provided under open-source license to customers and partners on an annual subscription basis through the OpenNebula.pro Support Portal.

C12G offers a 30-day, no-cost, and no-commitment trial of OpenNebulaPro with the services to assess its suitability and performance in your environment.


C12G Labs Announces the Release of OpenNebula Pro 3.0

C12G Labs announced today a major new release of OpenNebulaPro, the enterprise edition of the OpenNebula Toolkit. The third generation of OpenNebula, released two months ago, is helping many organizations make the transition toward the next generation of cloud infrastructures by supporting multiple fully-isolated virtual data centers, advanced multi-tenancy with fine-grained access control, and multiple zones potentially hosted in different geographical locations. This new release has also brought important benefits to cloud users and administrators with a greatly improved SunStone GUI that provides easy access to all the new features in 3.0 and a new oZones GUI to manage zones and virtual data centers. Other features included in this release are new authentication methods with usage quotas, a VM template repository, a new monitoring and accounting service, and a new network subsystem with support for Open vSwitch and 802.1Q tagging. OpenNebula allows data centers to provide cloud services by leveraging their existing IT assets, instead of building a new system from the ground up, thus protecting existing investments and avoiding vendor lock-in.

OpenNebulaPro 3.0 integrates the most recent stable version of OpenNebula 3.0 with the bug, performance, and scalability patches developed by the community and by C12G for its customers and partners. Compared to OpenNebula, the expert production and integration support of OpenNebulaPro and its higher stability increase IT productivity, speed time to deployment, and reduce business and technical risks. Supported Linux distributions are RedHat Enterprise Linux, Suse Linux Enterprise, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian and OpenSuse; supported hypervisors are VMware ESX/ESXi, KVM and Xen; and the supported cloud provider for cloudbursting is Amazon Web Services.

OpenNebulaPro 3.0 is provided under open-source license to customers and partners on an annual subscription basis through the OpenNebula.pro Support Portal. The subscription model brings several additional benefits in terms of long term multi-year support, production-level support with professional SLAs, integration support for optimal and scalable execution in any hardware and software combination, certification support to validate compatibility with complementary components and customizations, guaranteed patches, regular updates and upgrades, product influence, and privacy and security guarantee, and all at a competitive cost without high upfront fees.

C12G and Logica Announce a Partnership on OpenNebula Cloud Services

C12G Labs today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Logica France, a business and technology service company, to offer cloud solutions to clients. Utilising C12G Labs OpenNebulaPro product, Logica completes its cloud computing services with open-source based enterprise grade cloud offerings.

OpenNebulaPro is the supported and certified enterprise-grade distribution of the widely used OpenNebula toolkit for cloud computing. OpenNebula is used by thousands of organizations to build large-scale production public and private clouds using KVM, Xen, VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, and hybrid clouds using Amazon Web Services. The cloud management tool includes features for integration, management, scalability, security and accounting that many enterprises IT shops need for cloud adoption.

“Combining Logica’s business consulting approach and high quality open-source products, we help our clients to accelerate their business transformation to the cloud, improving their IT’s agility while significantly reducing costs and unplanned downtime with a reliable, scalable and opened cloud infrastructure stack built around OpenNebulaPro” commented Patrice Lachance, Manager IT Consulting at Logica France, at the initiative of the partnership.

“We are excited to work with leading integration and consultancy services provider Logica to deliver enterprise-ready cloud platforms adapted to any infrastructure environment and enterprise IT policies, procedures and norms,” said Ignacio M. Llorente, Chief Executive Advisor of C12G Labs and Project Director of OpenNebula. “OpenNebula interoperability makes cloud an evolution by leveraging existing IT assets, protecting your existing investments, and avoiding vendor lock-in.”

About C12G Labs

C12G Labs, the leader in private cloud computing management, is the company behind the OpenNebula open-source toolkit for cloud computing. C12G provides enterprise-grade solutions around OpenNebulaPro, which is a stable, certified, and supported distribution of OpenNebula. C12G offers a comprehensive set of services, through which customers and partners can get production level support or build a custom cloud.

More information is available at http://www.c12g.com

About Logica

Logica is a business and technology service company, employing 41,000 people. It provides business consulting, systems integration and outsourcing to clients around the world, including many of Europe’s largest businesses. Logica creates value for clients by successfully integrating people, business and technology. It is committed to long term collaboration, applying insight to create innovative answers to clients’ business needs.

Logica is listed on both the London Stock Exchange and Euronext (Amsterdam) (LSE: LOG; Euronext: LOG).

More information is available at www.logica.com

OpenNebulaPro Subscriptions at a Highly Competitive Cost

C12G Labs has just announced a new highly competitive pricing plan for OpenNebulaPro Support Subscriptions. Support subscriptions are now offered per managed server, per zone or per data center site at a lower cost with progressive discounts for larger infrastructures and multiple zones. C12G additionally applies pricing discounts for multi-year terms and for Education, Government and Non-Profit institutions. New subscriptions also include lower maximum response times for the three levels of service.

The price changes are immediate for new customers, and for existing customers the new pricing will start on their next renewal. In the meantime they will receive an upgrade in their level of service.

About C12G Subscriptions

C12G’s support subscriptions provide long-term multi-year support, production-level support with professional SLAs, integration support for optimal and scalable execution in any hardware and software combination, certification support to validate compatibility with complementary components and customizations, regular updates and upgrades, product influence, privacy and security guarantee, and additional tools for the administration of OpenNebulaPro cloud instances in production environments, all at a competitive cost without high upfront fees.

For more information: http://www.c12g.com/support-services-programs

About OpenNebulaPro

OpenNebulaPro provides the rapid innovation of open-source, with the stability and long-term production support of commercial software. Compared to OpenNebula, the expert production and integration support of OpenNebulaPro and its higher stability increase IT productivity, speed time to deployment, and reduce business and technical risks. Compared to other commercial alternatives, OpenNebulaPro is an adaptable and interoperable cloud management solution that delivers enterprise-class functionality, stability and scalability at significantly lower costs.

For more information: http://www.c12g.com/products

OpenNebula with MySQL Cluster for High Availability

C12G has created the new howto OpenNebula with MySQL Cluster for High Availability to give guidance on how to deploy OpenNebula with a database backend configured in HA (High-Availabily) using MySQL Cluster.

This article is part of the new Knowledge Base that is being extended by C12G Labs.

C12G Announces New Professional Services

C12G Labs announced today new professional services offerings, which will enable customers and partners to take full advantage and maximize the value of OpenNebula industry-leading cloud management capabilities. C12G provides proven best practices and guidance from experts to design, deploy and operate the best cloud architecture for existing workload, processes and IT infrastructure environment. The new services, tailored to customer experience and requirements, include consulting, engineering, development and training.

C12G Announces Enterprise-Class Distribution of OpenNebula 2.2

C12G Labs announced today a major new release of OpenNebulaPro, the enterprise-class edition of the OpenNebula Toolkit. This is the third major release of the commercially supported, enterprise-ready distribution of the OpenNebula open-source toolkit, which is used by thousands of organizations worldwide.

OpenNebulaPro 2.2 offers a comprehensive solution for the management of virtualized data centers to enable private, public, hybrid (cloudbursting) and virtual private clouds. OpenNebulaPro 2.2 extends the fault-tolerance features of previous versions,  includes out-of-the-box integration with data-center’s monitoring systems, and brings the new Sunstone web application. C12G complements OpenNebulaPro 2.2 with additional tools to simplify the deployment and operation of Cloud instances and to help in the migration path from previous versions. As result of its certification process, it also provides a better integration with richer functionality on VMware and XenServer hypervisors.

OpenNebulaPro 2.2 includes state-of-the-art features developed to meet the requirements from High Performance Computing, Hosting and Telecom cloud environments. Telecom Operators can offer Virtual Private Cloud environments to extend the Private Clouds of their custormers over virtual private networks, so offering a more reliable and secure alternative to traditional Public Cloud providers. Supercomputing and leading research centers use OpenNebula to build clouds for hosting virtualized computational environments or for providing users with new “HPC as a service” resource provisioning models. Hosting providers are adopting OpenNebula to manage their infrastructure and to build new IaaS cloud offerings.

C12G Labs Delivers New Version of Addons for OpenNebula 2.2

After the release of OpenNebula 2.2 (Cat’s Eye), C12G Labs is pleased to announce that a new stable version of the OpenNebula Addons has been contributed to the OpenNebula Project. The major objective with this release is to provide compatiblity between the Addons and the new OpenNebula 2.2. The contributed components are:

  • VMware Driver that enables the management of an OpenNebula cloud based on VMware ESX, vCenter and/or VMware Server hypervisors. Several bugfixes have been included, as well as compatiblity with OpenNebula 2.2.
  • LDAP Authentication Module that permits permits users to have the same credentials as in LDAP, so effectively centralizing authentication. Now tested against OpenNebula 2.2.
  • Accounting Toolset that visualizes and reports resource usage data, and allows their integration with chargeback and billing platforms. Now tested against OpenNebula 2.2.
  • OpenNebula Express that eases the installation and deployment of OpenNebula clouds, now updated to install OpenNebula 2.2.

C12G Labs would like to point out that the OpenNebula Project endorses these extensions and supports them through the user mailing list. Moreover, the project ensures its full compatibility with current and upcoming releases of OpenNebula.

Cfengine and C12G Labs Announce Partnership for the Automatic Creation and Management of Private and Hybrid Clouds

OSLO, Norway, March 10, 2011 — Cfengine, the technology leader in datacenter automation, and C12G Labs, the leader in private cloud computing management, announced today the availability of integration between Cfengine Nova and OpenNebulaPro for the automatic creation and management of virtualized data centerand cloud environments. The connection between both state-of-the-art technologies allows companies to easily and quickly define, install and configure new physical resources and to automatically create and scale the services running in the cloud.

OpenNebulaPro is the supported and certified enterprise-grade distribution of the widely used OpenNebula toolkit for cloud computing. OpenNebula is used by thousands of organizations to build large-scale production public and private clouds using KVM, Xen and VMware, and hybrid clouds using Amazon Web Services. The cloud management tool includes features for integration, management, scalability, security and accounting that many enterprise IT shops need for cloud adoption.

Cfengine Nova is a cutting-edge enterprise solution for managing IT operations. It is designed with the importance of IT and business alignment in mind and has a direct positive impact on business performance. This is achieved through a state-of-the-art overview of IT resources, allowing for maximum transparency and ensuring compliance. Cfengine Nova has been adapted to the growing need for agility and allows for a quick response to new business initiatives. Several thousands of companies have realized the benefits of Cfengine and have implemented it on millions of machines worldwide.

OpenNebulaPro and Cfengine Nova are both the result of many years of research and development to address enterprise system management challenges in large-scale data centers. Their combination brings real innovation to the market by providing an easy, agile and consistent setup and operation of cloud infrastructures, ensuring the correct running of all the involved layers in an Infrastructure as a Service setup.

Many companies, and especially Fortune 500 companies, are in the process of evaluating cloud computing technologies in a quest to decide whether the claims of this technology are legitimate or not. The benefits of this partnership for these businesses include cost savings in hardware and in management of infrastructure and services.

The Dutch Supercomputing Centre SARA (StichtingAcademischRekencentrum) is one of the top 500 supercomputing sites in the world. The organization has implemented a combination of Cfengine and Open Nebula and offers its cloud services to the Dutch community of scientists, ranging from ranging from bio-informatics to linguistics. The use of OpenNebula allows these researchers to operate their very own virtual private HPC cluster, with fully autonomous configurations and on-demand scalability. Cfengine ensures security and adds versatility to the project, very easily supporting continuous improvements and rapid expansion.

“We are pleased to be able to extend our customers’ data center Management options with a leading automation framework like Cfengine,” said Ignacio M. Llorente, Chief Executive Advisor of C12G Labs and Project Director of OpenNebula. “This integration also creates big value to the open- Source communities that contribute to both technologies.”

Mark Burgess, CTO and founder of Cfengine, believes that “effortless recycling of dynamically managed computing resources is the way of the future, and OpenNebula takes an important step in that direction. What Cfengine adds is self-healing compliance and rapid standardization of systems so that they can be used immediately to solve real world problems. We are excited to have a strong European partnership with Open Nebula.”

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C12G Labs, the leader in private cloud computing management, is the company behind the OpenNebula open-source toolkit for cloud computing. C12G provides enterprise-grade solutions around OpenNebulaPro, which is a stable, certified, and supported distribution of OpenNebula. C12G offers a comprehensive set of services, through which customers and partners can get production level support or build a custom cloud.

For more info: http://www.c12g.com

Cfengine, the world technology leader in datacenter automation, is based on state-of-the-art research and development. Cfengine Nova, the company’s cutting-edge enterprise solution, is designed with the importance of IT and business alignment in mind and has a direct positive impact on business performance. The company has an ambitious road-map for future development, with Cfengine Constellation due to launch in April 2011. Several thousands of companies have realized the benefits of Cfengine and have implemented it on millions of machines worldwide.

For more info: http://www.cfengine.com

The Value of OpenNebulaPro for your Cloud and Data Center Infrastructure

In C12G Labs, we have prepared this article to describe our subscription model for OpenNebulaPro and its value for the effective management of your cloud or data center infrastructure.  OpenNebulaPro does not only implements the most common cloud interfaces, it additionally provides state-of-the-art unique features for cloud management and a comprehensive management framework for virtual data centers. Our experience shows that the investment in OpenNebulaPro can result in significant business value and reduction of expenses with very high return on investment.

Let’s firstly describe the investment required to deploy OpenNebulaPro to manage your IT infrastructure:

  • OpenNebulaPro is a commercially supported distribution of the widely used OpenNebula open source toolkit with stable and tested software extensions and the patches for its operation in business environments. OpenNebulaPro represents a supported and certified enterprise-grade distribution with the best balance of maturity and features selected based on their appropriateness for commercial deployment. Supported Linux distributions are RedHat Enterprise Linux, Suse Linux Enterprise, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian and OpenSuse; supported hypervisors are Citrix XenServer, VMware ESX/ESXi/vCenter, KVM and Xen; and the supported cloud provider for cloudbursting is Amazon Web Services.
  • OpenNebulaPro is provided on an annual subscription basis, so customers and partners have access to new versions of the software that are released during the subscription lifetime at no additional charge. You do not have to pay expensive up-front license fees. The support subscription grants a perpetual license to use software on production environments. However, only customers and partners with an active subscription can access our support portal that brings several additional benefits in terms of long term support, production-level support with professional SLAs, integration support for optimal and scalable execution in any hardware and software combination, certification support to validate compatibility with complementary components and customizations, regular updates and upgrades, and additional tools for the administration of OpenNebula cloud instances in production environments.
  • The technical support subscription is based on per server (hypervisor host) and per site pricing models. C12G can also apply hybrid models for customers delivering OpenNebulaPro via timesharing and utility services where the customer pays a fixed fee independent from the number of servers and variable fee which scales according to your use of the platform or your sales.
  • Support subscription starts at 250 euros per physical server. This subscription fee represents less than the 5% of the typical annual operation and maintenance costs of the server. In typical 2 x Quad-Core servers, this only represents 125 euros per socket or 30 euros per core, which is only the 6% of the 1-year reservation fee of a small one-core instance in Amazon EC2.

So given the low investment required to deploy OpenNebulaPro, only a small gain in efficiency from a reduced number of servers, a reduced cost of power and cooling, a higher utilization of your servers, a reduced management overhead or an extra flexibility plus for your users, is sufficient to make an investment in OpenNebulaPro pay off. The tangible business value and operational savings achieved through OpenNebulaPro are:

  • Reduced operations costs with consolidation of hardware and software while simultaneously reducing power, cooling, and management costs. Moreover our support for hybrid cloud deployments, with the combination of local and remote Cloud resources, allows you to eliminate the over-purchase of systems to meet peaks demands.
  • Increased operations efficiency with greater flexibility and better utilization of the infrastructure. In traditional enterprise-owned data centers, server utilization commonly averages 5%-20%. Depending on the application, you can lift to between 40% and 60% allowing two to three times as much revenue from the same infrastructure investment.
  • Improved user productivity with faster delivery and elasticity of services. Users have access to virtualization and cloud interfaces that considerably simplify the management of their service workloads.

Cloud computing can offer significant business benefits to most organizations, but for these benefits to be fully realized you need an effective way of managing the cloud infrastructure. OpenNebulaPro offers a production ready, scalable and feature complete product at a fraction of the competition’s price to get the highest return of investment.