OpenNebula Newsletter – January 2018

OpenNebula has entered 2018 stronger than ever. January has been a month for planning and discussing OpenNebula’s roadmap. Here you have a brief summary of OpenNebula’s progress in this first month of the year. Pay special attention to the outreach section, OpenNebulaConf2018 is confirmed!

Technology

Good news for our beloved users, OpenNebula 5.4.6 is here! This release brings a lot of bug fixes and some new functionalities.

Recent news regarding to Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities put OpenNebula team to work hard trying to alleviate performance issues. Well, do not worry, fortunately we came up with a solution. Now you will be able to specify your host’s CPU model so that KVM virtual machines can improve their performance and security. How does this work? You can find more technical details on this link

Some bugs have been also fixed on this release:

  • The network topology now works as a charm with networks with over a thousand machines.
    You can see how we managed to do so here.
  • As some of you requested, we have also include new commands to onedb on the CLI. These new commands will be extremely useful for recovery purposes, like for example, adjusting the showback.
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Of course these are just some examples, for the full list of features and fixes you can always visit our documentation.

The team has rev the engines for the next major release, OpenNebula 5.6. Stay tuned for exciting new features!

Community

We are having a very intense year kickoff, this means, great news for and from our community!

OpenNebula team wants to welcome OneHost Cloud. They announced recently via Twitter, OneHost is migrating from OpenStack to OpenNebula.

We have chosen Opennebula to build our new cloud platform which will provide increased performance and simplicity for our current and future customers.

We recommend reading this article where the reasons for this change are listed and explained. It was amazing to find out that before making this turn, OneHost Cloud consulted experts on cloud:

after consulting many experts in the cloud arena we have felt comfortable implementing such platform to replace our current VMware and Openstack cloud

An enlightening tutorial was made by our colleagues from Pandora FMS. In this tutorial you will learn how to do the monitoring of your cloud using OpenNebula, along with other useful tips.

NodeWeaver team has released, for all of you, their LizardFS drivers for OpenNebula. This is a great chance to try out this amazing storage technology. To install this new drivers you can follow the guide on the github repository.

Another amazing addon was developed by a member of our community, Kristián Feldsam. With this addon you will be able to make backups of your qcow2 images inside OpenNebula. Read the post for more information

Cheering news coming from Virtuozzo. They have added support for OpenNebula. Now users will be able to manage their Virtuozzo Hyperconverged Infrastructure through OpenNebula. All the benefits of this synergy are described in this excellent post, written by, Stanislav Khalup, program manager at Virtuozzo.

As announced in our forum, one of our most experienced users, Rafael del Valle, has created PyOne, which is a fantastic implementation of OpenNebula’s XLM-RPC bindings in Python. If you are interested in seeing how this works check this link.

Also this month, Valentina Zaccolo from the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in collaboration with INDIGO DataCloud, has published a very interesting post related to the implementation of a Fair Share Scheduler for OpenNebula. We already heard about it in our last OpenNebulaConf, but do not worry if you couldn’t assist, this article is very explanatory and easygoing.

Our team is very excited to see these type of contributions which not only help OpenNebula, but all the users of the community. If you feel like you can help our community anyhow, do not hesitate to contact team or post directly in our forum.

Outreach

OpenNebula goes to the Netherlands! One more year we are doing the OpenNebulaConf2018 and this year it will take place in Amsterdam, one of the most modern cities in Europe. We are very excited about it because we will be presenting OpenNebula 5.6 with all its new amazing features and probably we’ll be scooping some characteristics of OpenNebula 5.8.

Countdown is on, the date chosen for this OpenNebulaConf2018 is November the 12-13, you can’t miss the chance to come and enjoy our hands-on tutorials and listen to our community speakers which will talk about why they are in love with OpenNebula.

A quick reminder for all of you that have not attend past OpenNebulaConfs. If you are interested in coming to OpenNebulaConf2018 and want to see previous events, check this link and have a look at the videos, pictures, talks, tutorials, etc.

We will be updating this information in our OpenNebulaConf official website. In a few days we will also publish the TechDay and training schedule for 2018, stay tuned!

OpenNebula 2017: Year in Review

As we quickly finish the last hours of 2017, we want to recap on what it meant for OpenNebula and summarize the huge achievements and milestones that the project had throughout the year.

OpenNebula turned 10 years old in 2017. We believe this is an astounding accomplishment by an infrastructure open source project that has achieved a high degree of matureness, and we would like to thank the OpenNebula community for their support. It wouldn’t be possible to achieve the adoption that OpenNebula has without your interest and engagement. We’d like to thank specially the project contributors for the efforts in bringing excellence to the cloud management platform field.

Some great improvements have been introduced this year in OpenNebula. Blackberry’s request for VM Groups was a great challenge but finally we could add this new feature in OpenNebula 5.4. Also the University of Louvain has funded new enhancements such as the Non-SLAAC IPv6 Address Range and the configurable image persistence setting. We would like to thank these sponsors, as we understand it they are helping not only the OpenNebula project but also the open source community.

OpenNebula adoption keeps striving at a healthy pace. We are proud to count very large scale infrastructures spanning across datacenters and based on heterogeneous virtualization, storage and networking platforms. We are happy to continue the same download rate as last year of OpenNebula packages served by our repositories, not counting the OpenNebula packages included in the most popular Linux distros.

Two important releases were deployed this year, OpenNebula 5.4 and vOneCloud 3.0, introducing significant features.

OpenNebula 5.4 (Medusa) arrived in June with a great acceptance among our users. Since then, 5 incremental releases were deployed to fix and improve this new software version. One of the major improvements is the native implementation of RAFT consensus algorithm which enables the High Availability deployment of the OpenNebula front-end without relying on third party components. VM groups were born this year, now any user will be able to group virtual machines depending on their role, activity, resources… Thanks to the feedback from our community, we know that this new feature is being really helpful for many of you. Cheers for that! You can follow the changelog on our documentation page to check this release or any previous one.

The OpenNebula team managed to implement full storage and network management capabilities on vOneCloud 3.0. Of course we did many more things that you can check on the release notes. Meanwhile, documentation has been updated to match this last vOneCloud release.

The OpenNebula community are most active than ever. 2017 was the year of amazing contributions to the OpenNebula ecosystem, ranging from support to LXD containers to many other contributions like addons, functionality patches, feedback for future releases, messages in the forum, twitter and so on. If interested in learning more about these contributions, along with other details about the great progress that we have seen for the OpenNebula project, check our monthly newsletters.

This year the first OpenNebulaConf in the US was held in Boston where important institutions such as Harvard, Akamai and Telefonica showed the multiple advantages of using OpenNebula. If you missed it or just wish to review the talks and courses given, check the web page of the conference. One more year the OpenNebulaConf in Europe was a success with people attending from everywhere around the world. This meeting was held in Madrid and was a two day long event where the people from Runtastic, Blackberry, Trivago and many other companies spoke about how they use OpenNebula and why. If you are interested on what they said you can find slides, pictures, videos and many other content in the conference’s website

In addition OpenNebula experts were present at the TechDays organised all around the globe. These events aim to teach and show the advantages of using OpenNebula. Of course this would not have been possible without our beloved hosts that prepared a warm and nice environment for our TechDays talks: Bit in Netherlands, Best Buy in CanadaFlyTech and CSUC in SpainStorPool in BulgariaTelefonica in SpainCESNET in Czech Republic….

Finally, same as in 2016, we want to highlight the participation in both VMworld editions, Europe and US, where the team were showcasing vOneCloud functionality over vCenter, with massive improvements like full networking and storage support. We are planning to come back in 2018 with even more advanced functionality, so stay tuned!

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The OpenNebula team wishes happiness and prosperity in 2018 to you and your loved ones!

— The OpenNebula Team

OpenNebula Newsletter – December 2017

As expected, we have been working hard to finish 2017 stronger than ever. Below you will find a brief recap on the work done this month to keep OpenNebula ready.

The amazing response from our community to the call for TechDay hosts published last month is just another sign that things are going great around OpenNebula and we appreciate the effort. The schedule of events for 2018 will be published within the first weeks of January. Now we are focussing on keeping everything prepared for the upcoming year, which seems to be full of new and amazing challenges.

Technology

Improvements on Sunstone and the EC2 drivers were introduced this month. These came along with our two latests hotfix releases: OpenNebula 5.4.4 and 5.4.5.

An even faster Sunstone? Yes!

Our team managed to improve Sunstone’s load times so you can focus on your cloud administration. Some other suggestions have been implemented such us the request to make changes on the settings page and increase the disk size with the beautiful Sunstone slider. For the EC2 drivers some issues related with custom userdata have been solved successfully, also we made it possible to add EC2 target hosts through Sunstone.

But this is just a little summary, you can check other changes and enhancements on the following links:

We never give up! Even though migrating from Redmine to Github was a very tedious job, we managed to label all the issues correctly and in a cleaner way.

Community

As an open source project, OpenNebula needs the support of a proactive community of users, which we are glad to have!

It is a pleasure for us to see how you interact with each other solving doubts and asking questions. However, to enhance the activity of our Forum we have an active support team trying to solve your questions at any time. Feel free to ask and answer any question and if you are not yet part of our amazing community you can register with a few clicks at the forum’s main page.

Great news coming from Germany. Adacor Hosting now manages it’s virtualization system using OpenNebula. They published an interesting article where you can find the reasons for their change from OpenStack to OpenNebula.

OpenNebula is an open source cloud solution that provides a highly available, scalable and highly efficient virtualization platform

Another inspiring article, this time about vOneCloud, can be found here . In this article you will find an overall explanation of what vOneCloud can do for you, along with some useful links for downloading the latest vOneCloud release.

vOneCloud is for companies that want to create a self-service cloud environment on top of their VMware infrastructure without having to abandon their investment in VMware and retool the entire stack.

It is also worth noting that Virtuozzo now seamlessly integrates with OpenNebula. Therefore OpenNebula can be used as the orchestrator of this fine hyperconvergence platform. This is very good news for the OpenNebula ecosystem!

We are pleased to announce support of OpenNebula as a management panel for Virtuozzo’s Hyperconverged Platform. By combining the vast capabilities of OpenNebula with Virtuozzo-specific features of hypervisor and software defined storage, users are able to take advantages of the combined synergies

Outreach

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Next year is full of surprises, events and hard work, so please stay tuned!

OpenNebula Newsletter – November 2017

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

Happy birthday to OpenNebula! 10 years managing cloud infrastructures have turned OpenNebula into a robust and fully featured cloud management platform. We want to thank our community for the feedback and support all along this years, we are very happy with this milestone!

We remind you that a Call for Hosts has just been published for our TechDays, which will take place throughout the upcoming year. Take a look at the guidelines and feel free to send us your contact information through this form.

Technology

A new hotfix release for Medusa, 5.4.3 (you can learn more about hotfix releases in this link), has been released. Some of the new functionality available in 5.4.3:

  • Explain how to add HTTPS to XMLRPC
  • Force even memory values for MEM attribute
  • Wild VMs should import NICs and Disks

vOneCloud 3.0.3 has also been released this month. This version of vOneCloud is based in the latest OpenNebula version and as such it includes all the bug fixes and functionalities introduced in 5.4.3.

A major change has been demanded by many of you, so we thought that this was the perfect time to fulfil your wishes. Good bye Redmine, hello Github. OpenNebula has successfully migrated all issues to Github! Still, work has to be done on labelling, but we are working very hard on it to make it easier for you to give us feedback or request some new features.

Community

OpenNebula is 10 years old! Ten years is a long time in the technology industry, and this is an amazing accomplishment by an infrastructure open source project. Thanks to the great support of our community, today we can celebrate our 10th anniversary. One decade working with and for you, has been a great pleasure. Thanks!

We are glad to see that CIEMAT has chosen OpenNebula for their cloud HTC infrastructure. It is always a great honor to help leading organisations on research, to continue with their great work. If you are interested on the implementation details, you can find the description of the HPC, access rules and some OpenNebula tutorials on the RICAP’s infrastructure website.

No need to say that we firmly encourage OpenNebula users to contribute to our GitHub  and ask any question in our forum .

Outreach

We are opening the Call for Hosts for the OpenNebula TechDays 2018. The OpenNebula Cloud TechDays are day-long educational and networking events to learn about OpenNebula. Join our technical experts from OpenNebula by OpenNebula Systems for a one-day, hands-on workshop on cloud installation and operation.

If you are interested in becoming a host of a TechDay for 2018, please read the guidelines and apply.

OpenNebula Newsletter – October 2017

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

The OpenNebulaConf EU 2017 happened this month in Madrid, with keynote speakers including BlackBerry, Trivago, Runtastic and the Ministry of the Flemish community. More information in the wrap-up post, where all the videos, pictures and slides for the conference has been made available.

Technology

OpenNebula Systems added as a benefit for support subscriptions hotfix incremental releases. While OpenNebula is fully open source, packages from hotfix incremental versions are not publicly released, and are only available for users with an active commercial subscription. However, rest assured that the code is publicly available in the GitHub repository, as is the templates to create packages for the different supported platforms.
A new hotfix release for Medusa, 5.4.2, (you can learn more about hotfix releases in this link), has been released. Some new functionality is available in 5.4.2:

  • Show key instead of value for restricted attribute
  • Enable template save as for vCenter
  • Better error messages in get_dc function

Also, a numerous set of bugfixes were included in 5.4.2.

The team is finishing the roadmap for the next OpenNebula version, 5.6. Not a lot of time or space to fit more functionality, but it is still worthy to let us know about the features you’d like to see in OpenNebula!

Community

A beautiful post about CloX, a solution based on OpenNebula and LXD, features in the OpenNebula blog this month. We think CloX shows one of the many strengths of OpenNebula, it’s small footprint, which enables several interesting use cases.

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.

Newcomers might find it hard at the beginning to understand all the concepts behind the OpenNebula platform. This is why having the community produce detailed tutorials on how to install OpenNebula in specific platforms, such as this example, are great contributions to the project since they go at great lengths to foster OpenNebula adoption.
It is always a pleasure, and a great honor, to discover new services and business that base their IaaS management needs on OpenNebula, like Wedos VPS does, as well as several other hosting companies.

As usual, we want to give two thumbs up to the brave people that helps other OpenNebula users in the community forum. Kudos to you!

Outreach

The OpenNebulaConf 2017 EU in Madrid was a big success! A big turnout, excellent keynotes, brilliant talks… and a very positive atmosphere created by all the attendees delivered an excellent experience. We would like to send a big thanks to everyone involved and hope to see you all again next year! Specially to our keynote speakers, but in general to everyone that shared their experience running OpenNebula, several for many many years, other with big plan aheads. We are honoured to be a part of the stack that enable your business to be truly great!

All the videos of the conference has been uploaded to our YouTube account, slides to SlideShare and picture to Flickr. Check the wrap-up post for more details.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

OpenNebula Newsletter – June 2017

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

This last month the OpenNebulaConf 2017 US took place in Boston, MA. Thanks to all the keynotes (Harvard, Telefonica and Akamai) and speakers, as well as to all the attendees that came to the Charles Hotel to share their OpenNebula experiences with us! Videos, slides and pics of the conference covering all the keynotes and talks will be published soon, stay tuned! The keynote speakers for the OpenNebulaConf EU 2017, in Madrid this October, have been announced, including BlackBerry, Trivago, Runtastic and the Ministry of the Flemish community.

Technology

OpenNebula 5.4 ‘MedusaBeta 1 and Beta 2 have been released this past June, and now the team is working at full throttle on stabilizing. Your feedback is of the utmost importance in this regard, so if you have the time please download and test the latest Beta, and let us know about your feedback in the community forum or the development portal.

Medusa is the third release of the OpenNebula 5 series. 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, support for linked clones, disk resizing, save as template functionality (this is a new addition working on Beta2) for vCenter VMs, disk save as functionality, automatic storage scheduling, storage quotas and many more! 5.4 Medusa takes a giant leap forward in vCenter support, bringing it up to speed with KVM VM management.

But there is more! A new resource to implement affinity/anti affinity VM-to-VM and Host-to-Host has been added to OpenNebula, the VM Groups. A VM group is a set of related virtual machines that may impose placement constraints based on affinity and anti-affinity rules.

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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 new functionality of distributed system state is also used to implement OpenNebula federation. There are many other improvements in 5.4 like improved VM lifecycle, flexible resource permissions, live disk resizing, improved Ceph support, enhanced disk I/O feedback, showback cost estimate in Sunstone, flexible IPv6 definition, http proxy support for marketplace and many more!!

This OpenNebula release is named after the Medula Nebula, a large planetary nebula in the constellation of Gemini on the Canis Minor border. The OpenNebula team is now set to bug-fixing mode. Note that this is a beta release aimed at testers and developers to try the new features, and send a more than welcomed feedback for the final release.

This coming month of July is going to be very exciting as we believe it will set a new top mark on cloud management platform with the release of the stable 5.4 version of OpenNebula!

Community

So it seems that the OpenNebula community hasn’t yet gone into vacation mode. This month it features outstanding contributions which enrich greatly the OpenNebula ecosystem.
The first highlight we want to make is this nifty android vulnerability scanner using OpenNebula and android emulators. The scanner leverages OpenNebula VM management capabilities to provision VM emulators and then uses ADB to connect and start the analysis. Very good work!

Next, a new version of the integration component for OpenNebula and cloudkeeper has been released. Cloudkeeper read image lists provided by EGI AppDB, parse their content and decide what cloud appliances should be added, updated or removed from managed cloud. During the addition and update cloudkeeper is able to download an appliance’s image and convert it to the format supported by the managed cloud.

Learning how OpenNebula is being used in real case scenarios is very motivating. This is why the team is very excited with the OnLife Project by Telefonica, which aims to build a CORD implementation using OpenNebula to virtualize and advance the Central Offices which gives you guys internet connection. Cool, isn’t it?

Also cool to learn how people spread the world, like this very interesting talk on OpenNebula and Ceph given in the Harvard IT Summit by the FAS Research Computing group.

If you are an OpenNebula newbie and english does not flow strongly on you, but you know french, check out this tutorial on how to install OpenNebula over a Debian OS.

It is always pleasant to receive praise such as this one, specially after releasing a Beta version, and also specially being a Beta as feature packed as Medusa 5.4 Beta. We are counting on you to unearth as many nasty bugs as possible before the final release! Please let us know through the community forum or the development portal about such findings. The call for translations of the Sunstone web interface to different languages is still open, check out the instructions on how to contribute to the translations. THANKS!

Outreach

This last month the first US edition of the OpenNebulaConf happened in Boston and it was a total success! Outstanding keynotes by Harvard, Akamai and Telefonica showed why OpenNebula is a good choice if you are thinking about running a production cloud environment and simplicity, robustness and innovative features are the key points you are interested about. The conference also featured talks from integrators and cloud admins working in real world use cases running OpenNebula clouds. Also, several educational talks from members of the OpenNebula team were given on host topics like Docker, vCenter integration, hybrid cloud and so on. We want to thank everyone that attended the conference and contributed to create such a productive atmosphere, as well as enjoyed the beer and nice food at the Grafton! We will be uploading the videos, slides and pictures very soon, stay tuned.35565734105_f4c071e4e8_z

This year’s OpenNebulaConf EU will take place in Madrid, Spain, this October. The keynote lineup has already been announced, and we will be publishing the agenda in a few days. 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!

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
  • VMworld 2017 Europe, September 11-14, Barcelona, Fira Gran Via

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.

OpenNebula Newsletter – May 2017

If you want to keep up to date with the latest news from the OpenNebula project this past month, check out this monthly edition of the most innovative open source cloud management platform.

The OpenNebulaConf US 2017 will take place this month! This 19th an 20th part of the OpenNebula team will be in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You can already check the agenda with keynotes by Akamai, Telefonica and Harvard. Also, the keynote speakers for the OpenNebulaConf EU 2017, in Madrid this October, have already been announced, including BlackBerry, Trivago, Runtastic and the Ministry of the Flemish community.

Technology

OpenNebula 5.4 Beta is just around the corner! Codenamed Medusa, OpenNebula 5.4 is the third release of the OpenNebula 5 series. A significant effort has been applied in this release to stabilize 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.
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A new resource to implement affinity/anti affinity VM-to-VM and Host-to-Host has been added to OpenNebula, the VM Groups. A VM group is a set of related virtual machines that may impose placement constraints based on affinity and anti-affinity rules.

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 new functionality of distributed system state is also used to implement OpenNebula federation.

There are many other improvements in 5.4:

  • like improved VM lifecycle
  • flexible resource permissions
  • live 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
  • user inputs in OneFlow

and many many more features to enrich your cloud experience! We’ll appreciate any feedback about the 5.4 Beta to iron out possible issues prior to the upcoming stable release.

Community

Maintaining an OpenNebula addon is not an easy task, but it is a crucial one for the success and widespread adoption of a third party component. Keeping up to date, and tested, against the latest OpenNebula version is of paramount importance to ensure its use by OpenNebula users. We want to bring you attention over the expertly crafted LXDoNe, and addon to enable OpenNebula on the management of LXD Containers. LXD is a daemon which provides a REST API to drive LXC containers. Containers are lightweight OS-level Virtualization instances, they behave like Virtual Machines but don’t suffer from hardware emulation processing penalties by sharing the kernel with the host.

Our friends at Comsysto have published a very interesting article on how to build a Private Cloud infrastructure with OpenNebula. This efforts are very important for the community since they spread the word and help to present what OpenNebula is about under other perspectives, enriching the ecosystem.

With OpenNebula we can build a simple and robust infrastructure that is focused on users needs and not on vendor specifics. Upon basic setup, user’s can already benefit from the installation because OpenNebula enables the user to be self-sustained and not to depend on System administrator or vendor to create and manage their VM’s. It is easily scalable and it can be installed on top of most hardware.

It is also very satisfying to learn how fellow developers chose OpenNebula to build their Continuous Integration infrastructures, like this fine article by the Qt folks.

Two thumbs up to all the OpenNebula advocates that support new OpenNebula users (or more seasoned users) in our support forum and in the IRC channel at freenode (#opennebula). You are a great asset to this project!

We do our best to review and incorporate those PRs aligned with the OpenNebula roadmap. We are grateful for the numerous contributions that help stabilize and enhance the OpenNebula software.

Outreach

The first US edition of the OpenNebulaConf is due in two weeks! Specifically, this June 19-20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There are a few places left if you are willing to attend, but you should register fast! The european edition will be held in Madrid, Spain, on October 23-24.

We had three very successful OpenNebula TechDays this past month of May. The first one was based in Madrid and hosted by Telefonica, featuring interesting talks about the use of OpenNebula in large enterprises. The TechDay in Sofia hosted by StorPool was oriented to integrations and interesting use cases on top of OpenNebula. The Barcelona TechDay hosted by CSUC, with a great turnout, was focused to the usage of OpenNebula in academic fields to foster research. Thanks a lot to those who came to the TechDays and for the organizers for hosting them!

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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
  • VMworld 2017 Europe, September 11-14, Barcelona, Fira Gran Via

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.