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.

C12G Announces New Partner Program

C12G Labs has just launched a new partner program aimed at developing solid alliances with business partners that understand Cloud technology and its applications. C12G Labs provides their partners with a customizable, flexible cloud management technology and the professional services to create innovative Cloud offerings and accelerate their delivery. The objectives of C12G’s Partner Program are to align developments and technologies to meet customer’s needs and to support the design and development of joint cloud solutions, products or services.

More information at the C12G’s blog.

C12G Launches New HPCcloud.com Support Service

C12G Labs announced today the creation of specialized support services to customers and partners in specific application domains, such as the High Performance Computing, Hosting and Telecom industries. HPCcloud.com is the first of these new support service programs targeted to specific business or industry domains that has been created to give expert advice on OpenNebula to organizations using computer clusters to solve advanced computation problems.

C12G Labs Announces Enterprise-class Distribution of OpenNebula 2.0

C12G Labs announced today a major new release of OpenNebulaPro, the enterprise-ready edition of the OpenNebula Toolkit. OpenNebula 2.0 is the most flexible and innovative enterprise-class cloud computing tool for managing a data center’s virtual infrastructure. This fully open-source toolkit includes production-ready features for integration, management, scalability, security and accounting that many enterprise IT shops need for private and hybrid cloud adoption. OpenNebulaPro includes the most recent thoroughly tested and quality-controlled version of OpenNebula and tested software extensions from the community (ecosystem and addons catalogs) for its operation in business environments.

OpenNebulaPro is provided under open-source license to customers and partners on an annual subscription basis through the new OpenNebula.pro Support Portal. The subscription model 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.

C12G Launches the OpenNebula.pro Support Portal

C12G Labs has just announced the launch of the new OpenNebula.pro Support Portal, which centralizes all support resources for OpenNebulaPro, the commercially supported distribution of the OpenNebula toolkit. The OpenNebula.pro support portal provides the professional support services and tools to integrate, build, certificate and manage enterprise-ready cloud infrastructures and solutions.
OpenNebula is a fully open-source technology. OpenNebulaPro is a commercially supported distribution of OpenNebula with selected stable and tested software extensions and the patches available for its operation in business environments. OpenNebulaPro represents the best balance of maturity and features selected based on their appropriateness for commercial deployment.

C12G Announces Free Evaluation – Low-cost Entry Programs

C12G Labs has just announced new Support Services Programs to entry into private cloud computing for organizations that want, firstly, to evaluate the suitability and performance of OpenNebula Enterprise Edition in their environments and, secondly, to have a production-ready cloud up and running quickly and with a minimal upfront investment. More details at C12G’s Blog.

C12G is the primary private sponsor for the OpenNebula open-source Project, providing a variety of resources, including development, maintenance and infrastructure.

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Release of OpenNebula Enterprise Edition v1.4

C12G is proud to announce the release of OpenNebula Enterprise Edition 1.4 (build 7eae48fa). OpenNebula EE 1.4 is an enterprise-grade distribution of the widely used OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit. The codebase for OpenNebula EE 1.4 is built from the last stable release of OpenNebula plus selected patches form the OpenNebula repository and additional bug fixes and features.

OpenNebula EE 1.4 has been also extensively tested and certified for the most common platforms in the industry. OpeNebula EE 1.4 highlights are:

  • Based in the most advanced open-source toolkit for building private, public and hybrid clouds, offering unique features for Cloud Management to administer the complexity of large-scale distributed infrastructures.
  • Specific patches to improve the scalability of OpenNebula on thousands of cores
  • Support for new heuristics for VM placement
  • Stability fixes for the KVM, Xen and VMware drivers
  • Multicluster support
  • Revised documentation available in PDF format

Based in the most advanced open-source toolkit for building private, public and hybrid clouds, offering unique features for Cloud Management to administer the complexity of large-scale distributed infrastructures.Specific patches to improve the scalability of OpenNebula on thousands of coresSupport for new heuristics for VM placementStability fixes for the KVM, Xen and VMware driversMulticluster supportRevised documentation available in PDF format

C12G can work with you to further customize and certify OpenNebula EE to meet your requirements. Our support subscription includes the preparation a custom distribution addressing the requirements and constraints of your environment.C12G has a strong commitment with the open source OpenNebula edition and will contribute back these developments to the community repository

For more information visit www.c12g.com

OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit Goes Commercial

The authors of the widely used OpenNebula toolkit have founded a company to provide value-added enterprise-solutions around this leading open source technology for cloud computing. C12G Labs has been created to address the growing demand for commercial support and services around OpenNebula.

“Our experience is that one single cloud solution does not fit all the requirements and constraints from any data center. We provide our partners with technology and services to build their custom cloud solution, product or service”, said Ignacio M. Llorente, co-lead of the OpenNebula open-source project and Chief Executive Advisor of C12G Labs. “We are very excited with this new venture that will contribute to the future sustainability of OpenNebula. This open-source cloud-enabling technology will continue being distributed under Apache license and matured through a vibrant community. C12G has a strong commitment with OpenNebula and will contribute back to the community repository”.

Cloud management solutions, like OpenNebula, are key components in any cloud architecture, being responsible for the secure, efficient and scalable management of the cloud resources. C12G builds custom Cloud solutions by adapting an Enterprise Edition of OpenNebula to meet the performance, integration and configuration requirements of infrastructure, processes or use cases of partners and customers.

“OpenNebula is the result of many years of research and the interaction with some of the major players in the Cloud arena. From the beginning, OpenNebula has been designed to be flexible enough to adapt to any infrastructure and to scale to thousands of virtual machines and cores” said Ruben S. Montero, co-lead of the OpenNebula open-source project and Chief Technology Advisor of C12G Labs. “We are convinced that OpenNebula will be one of the key technologies needed to build next generation Cloud infrastructures”.

The first version of the OpenNebula Enterprise Edition will be available in few days to customers and partners with an active support subscription.

For more info: http://www.C12G.com

Ignacio M. Llorente