OpenNebula Newsletter – November 2016

Learn what kept the OpenNebula team busy this last month of November, the project activity, latest news, advances in the technology, community work and the dissemination efforts carried out.

You can check the material of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 on this blog post, including pics, slides and videos of the keynotes
We are looking for Cloud Developers and a Community Specialist to join our team, check this for more details.

Technology

Team is working hard on the next release, 5.4. An emphasis is given in vCenter integration, but also great advances are being worked upon on other areas:

  • Live disk resize operation, not only at boot time but while the VM is in running state
  • Full network management in vCenter, including the ability to create Networks and distributed vSwitches
  • Full storage management in vCenter, including resize and non-persistent images. This will effectively move the vCenter integration
  • Allow Folder definition for VMs in vCenter
  • Virtual Machine save for vCenter
  • Native HA for the OpenNebula controller
  • Affinity/Anti Affinity schedule options for VMs
  • Fine grain ADMIN and MANAGE VM operation assigment
  • More detailed history information, including user information
  • Many Sunstone goodies!

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…and many more features related with Sunstone, Database, upgrade path and more OpenNebula subsystems. We are working to make OpenNebula 5.4 the most useful and robust OpenNebula release to date!

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Also, an update of the VMware Cloud Reference Architecture was published. The update includes latest features in OpenNebula releases, like:

    • OpenNebula now allows to upload, clone and delete VMDK files.
    • VM importing workflow has been greatly improved through Sunstone, making it easier to import your existing workload into OpenNebula.
    • Resource pools defined in vCenter are supported by OpenNebula so available memory and CPU can be partitioned. When launching a VM from OpenNebula, a resource pool can be selected automatically or the user can choose one.
    • When a VM is instantiated from a VM Template, the datastore associated can be chosen. If DRS is enabled, then vCenter will pick the optimal Datastore to deploy the VM.

and much more!

Community

After the Conference hangover (both literally and figuratively), the community has been as active as ever.

We are restructuring the OpenNebula add-ons to keep track of those add-ons that are not longer maintained and we discourage the use of. If you are an add-on maintainer, give us a shot in the forum so we know about it.

As we always emphasize, it is very encouraging and important for an open source project to receive messages publicly like this.

Excellent summaries about OpenNebula, like the one that we recommend reading in this blog post, are a great way to spread the OpenNebula word. Kudos!

OpenNebula is a free and open source software solution for building clouds and for data centre virtualisation. It is based on open technologies and is distributed under the Apache License 2. OpenNebula has features for scalability, integration, security and accounting. It offers cloud users and administrators a choice of interfaces.

Another, and even more important, effort by our users can be seen in this blog post by Fuze, detailing their production use of OpenNebula and how it powers the infrastructure that boost their business. We are immensely proud and grateful for this information guys!

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Currently, Fuze Private Cloud has a central OpenNebula deployment in a data center in the eastern part of the US. This fault tolerant OpenNebula deployment is configured to connect and manage Fuze data centers across US East/ West, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

By the way, we are taking care of the infrastructure that runs our web page, development portal, marketplace … we appreciate your patience. If you notice anything strange, let us know.

Outreach

The OpenNebulaConf 2016 has been a real success with awesome keynotes including usage of OpenNebula in Akamai and Telefonica. Also, it featured high quality tutorials and excellent workshops, which were very well received, as were the first day tutorials. Make sure that you attend next year to either the basic or the advanced one, they are a real bonus of the conference!

To sweeten your way to next year’s Conference, and to recap the contents of the different keynotes and lightning talks, we published a post with the material of 2016 OpenNebulaConf. Check out the YouTube channel, download the slides from the slideshare account or take a look to the pictures of the conference. Enjoy.

We will also be defining shortly the TechDays for 2017. Stay tuned if you are interested to host an OpenNebula event!

The OpenNebula team is growing at a fast pace. Are you looking to get into the cloud professionally? If you are looking to work in an agile environment to develop new features and integrations and participate in the upstream community, this is your chance. Check out the OpenNebula Systems vacancies if this is the case, we are currently interested in Cloud Developers and Community Specialists.

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 – October 2016

The OpenNebula project activity this last month including the latest news, advances in the technology, the excellent community work and the dissemination efforts carried out.

The OpenNebulaConf 2016 happened this last week, and has been a total success! We’ll be uploading the video recording, slides and nice pics soon, stay tuned! We are looking for Cloud Engineers and Developers, as well as a Community Specialist, to join our team, check this for more details.

Technology

OpenNebula 5.2 Excession has officially hit the road this last October. This is a stable release, you can safely proceed now to upgrade your existing installations to enjoy the following improvements and new features:

  • New IPAM module, a general mechanism to integrate with different IPAM servers
  • Session management, with enhanced user authentication token allowing to maintain different sessions with the same user account working in different projects
  • Usability improvements in Sunstone and CLI
  • VM migration between clusters
  • Better VM fault tolerance hook, easier to implement fencing
  • More secure ssh drivers to avoid compromising the front-end if a hypervisor goes rogue
  • Improvements in ec2 hybrid drivers and vCenter drivers, optimizing for large scale deployments

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The team focus has now shifted to the next release, 5.4. Great functionality is planned, with an emphasis in vCenter integration. Expect great advances in this regard. Yes…we mean network management!. Also, full storage handling (non persistent images FTW!).

Community

Well, the community has been busy this month preparing their plane tickets and visit to Barcelona. It has been a blast at the Conf, and lots of interesting talks has shown us that OpenNebula is being used in amazing and crazy infrastructures around the world. We had the chance to host in our blog this quality post. This is an amazing work (thanks Marco!), which introduces Rancher and show how to launch OpenNebula Virtual Machines from the Rancher UI and provision them to run Docker compute hosts, which can then be used to run Docker containers. The post also comes with a promise!

That’s all, we will be back soon with another post about the integration of Rancher and OneFlow to deploy multi-tier services on OpenNebula clouds. Stay tuned!

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It is so good to know that old OpenNebula friends are also engaged in the community (like old but not forgotten OpenNebula contributors that showed up at the Conf)! For instance, Skymix is tinkering hard with OpenNebula with other technologies.

Very good news have arrived this last month from the community in the field of OpenNebula’s hybrid capabilities, extending the number of public clouds supported by OpenNebula to build hybrid cloud deployments. A new set of drivers developed by CSUC are now available as an add-on, enabling the hybrid extension of your OpenNebula cloud to any public cloud provider implementing the vCloud API. Check this exhaustive post for details. The software can be found in github

“With this addon, real hybrid architectures can use OpenNebula’s rich set of infrastructure management tools to manage cloud deployments across VCLOUD private, public and hosted cloud platforms.”

Outreach

It has been a pleasure! The OpenNebulaConf 2016 has been a real success, with awesome keynotes including usage of OpenNebula in Akamai and Telefonica, high quality tutorials and excellent workshops. We want to thank all the attendees, and especially the sponsors, for providing such a great atmosphere for the exchange of experiences, help to the newcomers and in general for being such a great community. It has been great to see you all, the team is looking forward to seeing you again next year!

The Conf had an educational twist that has definitely pleased the attendees. The workshops were very well received, and we believe this is the direction that we want to give the Conf, as it gives an extra value for the attendees, which not only see real world examples of OpenNebula usage but learns how to use the software, and how to tweak it. The first day tutorials were also well received, make sure that you attend next year to either the basic or the advanced one, they are a real bonus of the conference.

The OpenNebula team is growing at a fast pace. Are you looking to get into the cloud professionally? If you are looking to work in an agile environment to develop new features and integrations and participate in the upstream community, this is your chance. Check out the OpenNebula Systems vacancies if this is the case.

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 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter reflects the latest news in the OpenNebula project, the advances in the technology, the awesome community work and the dissemination efforts carried out.

This October, on the 24th to the 26th, the OpenNebulaConf 2016 will take place! Exciting keynotes by Telefonica and Akamai, among others, and lots of interesting talks of OpenNebula users willing to share their IaaS experience. There are still a few vacant slots, if you are in Barcelona around those dates, why don’t you come round and meet the OpenNebula family?

We are looking for Cloud Engineers and Developers to join our team, check this post for more details.

Technology

With the 5.2 Beta version already in the wild, the team is paying extra heed to ironing the wrinkles of the new introduced features to achieve a production grade release. Now is the time to give us feedback in the forum or through twitter, or even by email. We want to make sure that all reported bugs are fixed before Excession (5.2) hits the road.

Check out all the new excellent goodies that come with Excession:

  • New IPAM module, a general mechanism to integrate with different IPAM servers
  • Enhanced user authentication tokens, which binds to specific groups and allows to maintain different sessions with the same user account working in different projects
  • Usability improvements in Sunstone and CLI
  • VM migration between clusters
  • Better VM fault tolerance hook, easier to implement fencing
  • More secure ssh drivers to avoid compromising the front-end if a hypervisor goes rogue
  • Improvements in ec2 hybrid drivers and vCenter drivers

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Community

Partnerships like this one makes OpenNebula community great! Now VDI couldn’t be simpler.
It is also very nice to have people spreading the word all around, and if you are someone as special as our storage partners, all the better! . By the way, OpenNebula zealots, stay tuned for exciting news if you are preaching the OpenNebula world, you may be in for a surprise shortly!

Also awesome to have power users the likes of Harvard FAS Research Computing, with a great imagination. We may have found a mascot after all!

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OpenNebula community health can be measured by user meetups such as this one happening all over the world. The OpenNebula User Group from Barcelona is a great example on a very active group that this year we are proud to host within the OpenNebulaConf. Check out their excellent agenda, and register at no cost.

OpenNebula translators, please be ready since we will be shortly be announcing the call for translations (to be done through our transifex) for the stable version of Excession. Don’t worry, not as much changes as in 5.0, but still nice to count you in to make OpenNebula available in over 17 languages!

Outreach

The OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona takes place this 24th to 26th. Check out the agenda featuring interesting keynotes from industry leaders and different community sessions sharing OpenNebula experiences, as well as workshops designed to learn about different OpenNebula aspects. Register to learn how OpenNebula users deal with challenges and their solutions to complex IaaS problems. To get a feel of what the OpenNebula Conference is about, check last year’s material (talks, slides,pictures), and also see how this edition speakers are excited about sharing their thoughts.

Sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool and LINBIT as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver and Open-V as Gold Sponsors as well as Terradue and Todo En Cloud as Silver Sponsor.

The OpenNebula team will be present in the VMworld 2016 Europe, October 17 – 20, Barcelona (Fira Barcelona Gran Via). We will be featuring a vOneCloud booth, so come round to see a live demo of version 2.0.1 if you are in town, or to ask anything about all things OpenNebula.

Are you looking to get into the cloud professionally? If you are looking to work in an agile environment to develop new features and integrations and participate in the upstream community, this is your chance. Check out the OpenNebula Systems vacancies if this is the case.

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 2016

Read this monthly newsletter to learn about the latest developments, events and future plans in all things OpenNebula and keep up to date with the state of your favorite virtualization manager. This newsletter suffered a minor delay due to the summer holiday break, we hope you understand!

The OpenNebulaConf 2016 is around the corner! Until the 15th of this month there is still a chance to register with the early bird price. The final agenda has already been published. You may also be interested in the sponsorship opportunities.

Technology

Summer vacations are over, and the team is focused on prepping the beta of the next major OpenNebula version, 5.2. The main goal of this release is to stabilize the wealth of features introduced in 5.0, but several outstanding functionality has been introduced as well:

  • New IPAM module, a general mechanism to integrate with different IPAM servers
  • Enhanced user authentication tokens, which binds to specific groups and allows to maintain different sessions with the same user account working in different projects
  • Usability improvements in Sunstone and CLI
  • VM migration between clusters
  • Better VM fault tolerance hook
  • Improvements in ec2 hybrid drivers and vCenter drivers

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Also vOneCloud, the appliance encapsulating an OpenNebula tailored for vCenter infrastructures, has a new version as of this past month, namely version 2.0.1. vOneCloud 2.0.1 is based in OpenNebula 5.0.2 and as such it includes all the bug fixes and functionalities introduced in 5.0.2. New functionality includes resize capabilities for the Virtual Router (VR), as well as a new VR Template instantiate action and the possibility to modify cardinality of the Virtual Router HA, Sunstone labels now have colors, search users by password field, implement oneuser login in Sunstone and a service create dialog in the admin view. You are welcome to try vOneCloud out, it is fully open source and zero intrusive!

Community

We are proud to count as members of the OpenNebula community members of useful software that uses the advanced features of OpenNebula to offer top notch products, like the one developed by folks at UDS to manage VDIs.

Also proud to learn that new software being released to resource centers management support OpenNebula as part of their default distribution, like the INDIGO project does.

It is also nice to learn how OpenNebula can be integrated with other technologies to create better solutions, like with Vagrant as known by Florian.

Having people that knows the project inside out and are willing to defend it is a good motivation to keep up with the excellence of the project. Thanks Nodeweavers!

Outstanding to have people also willing to create material around OpenNebula knowledge, check this out. And being included in articles named Five open source cloud tools admins need to know makes our faces red with blush (the good kind!).

Big thumbs up to all the maintainers of the OpenNebula ecosystem for their new releases (during August, no less!). New versions of Net::OpenNebula Perl module, Test Kitchen Driver for Opennebula, the ruby gem to clean forgotten iptables rules, driver for creating OpenNebula instances in Chef Provisioning and the OpenNebula provider for Vagrant where releases this last month.

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 will take place 24 to 26 of October. Check out the agenda featuring interesting keynotes from industry leaders and different community sessions sharing OpenNebula experiences, as well as workshops designed to learn about different OpenNebula aspects.

If you are willing to attend, there is still a chance to get early bird prices until the 15th of September. Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool and LINBIT as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsor and Terradue and Todo En Cloud as Silver Sponsor. To get a feel of what the OpenNebula Conference is about, check last year’s material: (talks, slides,pictures).

This last month member of the team travelled to fabulous Las Vegas to attend the VMworld 2016 US where vOneCloud had its own booth in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. A very positive experience with lots of interest on behalf of the attendees that saw first hand how vOneCloud can be used to easily provision vCenter resources to end users through a slick self-service portal.

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The OpenNebula team will be present in the VMworld 2016 Europe, October 17 – 20, Barcelona (Fira Barcelona Gran Via). We will be featuring also a vOneCloud booth, so come round to see a live demo if you are in town, or to ask anything about all things OpenNebula.

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 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter, with latest developments, events and future plans for the upcoming months from the OpenNebula project. Read this newsletter to keep up to date with your favourite Cloud Management Platform.

The OpenNebulaConf 2016 will be held in Barcelona on the 24-26 of October. The final agenda has already been published, take a look at the interesting keynotes from industry leaders. You also might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities. If you are willing to attend, the early bird will be available until 15th of September.

Technology

The team is placidly sitting on the beach, sipping on a piña colada…. no is not! The OpenNebula project is always at it, fixing bugs, fine tuning the software so the user experience comes closer to perfection (or so we like to think). It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that 5.0.2 was just released, smoothing some rough around the edges introduced with all the huge list of changes introduced in 5.0 Wizard. This new maintenance release came, among others, with the following bug fixes and minor enhancements:

  • Assign IP address to PCI-passthrough devices
  • Modify cardinality of VR HA
  • New HA guide for Ubuntu
  • Groupadmin view for vCenter fixed to create new VMs
  • Tie CPU and VCPU in vCenter Cloud View
  • Enhanced searches in Sunstone
  • Implement oneuser login (login token) in Sunstone
  • VM modals fixed in Cloud View
  • Cluster ID automatic requirements now admits more than one cluster ID
  • Resize for Virtual Router disks as well as cardinality modification
  • Block password change for public users
  • Fix for several storage issues: DS monitor, vCenter upload among others
  • Fix for label display issues in Firefox

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Community

It seems like the community is also forgetting about the beach and just working hard! Well, may some of them are on the beach … and who can blame them?

In any case, valuable contributions are being made to the OpenNebula ecosystem. The OpenNebula WHCMS and Blesta modules by CubeData is a long time favorite, especially among users of OpenNebula in the hosting business, namely being able to integrate OpenNebula with a billing platform.

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 will take place 24 to 26 of October. The final agenda has already been published, take a look at the interesting keynotes from industry leaders, and to the different community sessions sharing OpenNebula experiences, and the workshops designed to learn about different OpenNebula aspects. If you are willing to attend, the early bird will be available until 15th of September. Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool and LINBIT as Platinum Sponsors, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsors and Terradue and Todo En Cloud as Silver Sponsors. If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).

Besides the TechDays already celebrated (in Kuala Lumpur, Sofia, Madrid, Dallas, TorontoCambridge, Ede, Nuremberg), this last month members of the OpenNebula team participated in a TechDay in Dublin, with an excellent turnout and very interesting talks, like the one by Stuart Kenny telling us how they use OpenNebula in the digital repository of Ireland, or John Walsh showing how they use OpenNebula at SCSS.
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Our friends at Netways also help greatly in spreading the work, kudos!. Like this presentation about OpenNebula and Foreman in the Foreman Birthday event.

Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

  • VMworld 2016 US, August 28 – September 1, Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center), Nevada, US.
  • VMworld 2016 Europe, October 17 – 20, Barcelona (Fira Barcelona Gran Via), Spain.

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 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter, with latest developments, events and future plans for the upcoming months from the OpenNebula project. Read this newsletter to keep up to date with your favorite Cloud Management Platform.
The OpenNebulaConf 2016 will be held in Barcelona on the 24-26 of October. The preliminary agenda has already been published, the final version will soon be available. You might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities. Check out the list of upcoming OpenNebula TechDays to see if there is one on your doorstep that you cannot miss.

Technology

The first stable release of OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard has been published. The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of the first stable release of OpenNebula 5.0 ‘Wizard’. This major update comes with several improvements in different subsystems and components, with minimal changes in the API and the VM life-cycle states, which embodies long overdue changes but implemented to minimize the impact and ensure backwards compatibility as far as possible.

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Also, a new maintenance release 5.0.1 fixing bugs reported by the community has also been published this month, fixing fix Ceph pool names, VM Template update wizard, oned crashes when a context variable contains a filter, PCI element in KVM deployment file, better checks for IPv4 strings, wrong attach disk in vCenter, VM instantiate when NIC contains a fixed IP, migration for STOPPED and UNDEPLOYED states and the apptemplate generation. We would like to thanks all members of the community that contributed hugely with their evaluation of the beta, RC and final stable version and provided feedback on it.
Based on 5.0 Wizard, also a new release of vOneCloud, 2.0, is available for download. vOneCloud is an OpenNebula distribution optimized to work on small VMware vCenter deployments. This new release of the appliance, based on a tailored version of OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard to ease the provisioning of resources from vSphere based infrastructures, comes packed with exciting new features:

  • Datastore and VMDK image management, as well as import.
  • New Virtual Router Resource, to allow routing between isolated virtual networks.
  • More flexible vCenter VM naming, with a configurable prefix.
  • New resource pool mode, with the ability to select in which resource pool a particular VM is confined.
  • New OneFlow templates operations, like the ability to clone existing service templates.
  • Keep disks on done, to avoid deleting disks when the VM is terminated.
  • Instantiate to persistent, to easily create a rich VM Template catalog.
  • Dynamic VM reconfiguration, that can be performed while the VM is running or powered off.

Community

We cannot emphasise this enough. The OpenNebula community is continuously contributing to the OpenNebula maturity and success, and we would like to thank you all for your excellent feedback on the several betas and RC of 5.0 Wizard.
Also, the amazing job of the different translators has enabled the availability of the Sunstone web interface to 20 different languages. Kudos to you!
The community shows its engagement in integrations like this one between OpenNebula and the Happy module by EOLE team, GO bindings for the OpenNebula Cloud API (OCA) by Megam and OpenNebula and Foreman by Netways. This enriches the OpenNebula ecosystem and shows its health, thanks!
Also important is to spread the word, with initiatives like users groups and local meetups and workshops. Also welcome are reviews in blogs, like this one about vOneCloud 2.0 (In French), or this excellently crafted post on OpenNebula and Docker Swarm with consul.
And, as usual, is very good to be reminded about nice things, like for instance the amount of years we’ve been working to make OpenNebula a mature product that you can find today.

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 will take place 24 to 26 of October. The preliminary agenda has already been published, the final version will soon be available. If you are willing to attend, the early bird will be available until 15th of July. Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool and LINBIT as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsor and Terradue and Todo En Cloud as Silver Sponsor.
If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).
OpenNebula participated in the OpenExpo at Madrid, an event to promote and evaluate solutions and tendencies in the FLOSS industry. Members of the OpenNebula teams gave talks about the project and interesting integrations like Docker.

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OpenNebula also participated in the DINSIC meeting, where a work group decides which open source technologies they recommend for public french ministers. It is an honor to be there!
Check out the projected OpenNebula TechDays for this year in case one is close to your location. If you are interested in participating in (or hosting) any of these TechDays agenda let us know. Besides the TechDays already celebrated (in Kuala Lumpur, Sofia, Madrid, Dallas, Toronto and Cambridge, Ede, Nuremberg), this year members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in a TechDay in Dublin. Stay tuned, there may be more in your doorstep to come!
The Nuremberg was celebrated this past month, with participation of Netways and e-Post sharing their experiences in OpenNebula

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Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

  • VMworld 2016 US, August 28 – September 1, Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center), Nevada, US.
  • VMworld 2016 Europe, October 17 – 20, Barcelona (Fira Barcelona Gran Via), Spain.

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 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter, with latest developments, events and future plans for the upcoming months from the OpenNebula project. Read this newsletter to keep up to date with your favourite Cloud Management Platform.
There are new dates for the OpenNebulaConf 2016, now it starts one day before, October 24-26, in Barcelona. You might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities. Final touches are being given to the agenda, which will be published soon. The very early bird registration has been extended until 15th of June. Also, check out the list of upcoming OpenNebula TechDays to see if there is one on your doorstep that you cannot miss.

Technology

OpenNebula 5.0 Wizard is around the corner! With the Beta version released recently, the team is baking a release candidate, and is planning a final stable Wizard release for mid June. Wizard is in feature freeze, and the effort is focused on solving bugs. We appreciate your feedback if you have the time to try out the Beta version!
This are the highlighted gems that you can find in Wizard:

  • revamped Marketplace, now a first class citizen in OpenNebula, to import/export images to and from any datastore (including the new vCenter datastores)
  •  vCenter storage management, including datastore selection, disk hotplug, vmdk creation, cloning and deletion; and full integration with the new Marketplace functionality. Also, vCenter resource pool selection for deployed VMs will be possible.
  •  fully integrated virtual router management (including default and transparent HA for routers). Link virtual networks together using a robust HA router, that will come out of the box in OpenNebula
  •  revisited Sunstone style and interface changes (sneak peek), including an extension of the Cloud View available operations, to iron out the wrinkles in the user experience
  •  instantiate to persistent! Do not lose your VM changes, OpenNebula will create a new VM Template and preserver the disks of a VM, even if they are non-persistent.

Check the full list of feature in the development portal.

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A great effort has been put in the new documentation. The new documentation focus on the cloud architects, admins and end users, and extra care has been taken in separating the different technologies supported by OpenNebula.
OpenNebula needs you! We are looking for translators for Sunstone. If you are a native speaker of any language other than english, we would appreciate your effort in making OpenNebula more widely adopted. It is very easy: the existing translations can be updated and new translations submitted through our project site at Transifex

Community

Members of the community has been as helpful as always. Contributing in different ways, you are the reason why OpenNebula is such a useful project.
Devuan folks have contributed a 1.0 Devuan image to the OpenNebula marketplace. Now you can try Devuan in your OpenNebula cloud, it is just a few clicks away!.
Keeping the morale high is really important, especially in hard development times such as this one (5.0 is getting this much love!). That is why getting this kind of feedback is so important, it is the fuel that keeps us going.

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And it is good to know that Wizard is appealing not only visually, but also feature-wise.

@opennebula beta One 4.9 replace HW router #VyOS & #OpenvSwitch, truly awesome stuff

As with translation, having material in your own language about a technology is very important to reach everyone that may be interested in it. That is why efforts like this one (in Spanish) are very, very welcome.
As usual, we want to give the thumbs up to the community for their active involvement in the OpenNebula forum, specially helping newcomers. This is very important for the adoption of the project.

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 has been rescheduled to start one day before, from 24 to 26 of October. If you are willing to attend and can save now the date you can take advantage of a 40% discount in your Conf tickets until mid June. Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. Current sponsors of the OpenNebulaConf 2016 include StorPool as Platinum Sponsor, NodeWeaver as Gold Sponsor and Terradue as Silver Sponsor. If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).
OpenNebula will be sponsoring this 2nd of June the OpenExpo in Madrid, an event to promote and evaluate solutions and tendencies in the FLOSS industry. OpenNebula will have a booth in which members of the project will be presenting the new features available in the upcoming release, 5.0 Wizard; as well as give two talks about the OpenNebula technology.
Check out the projected OpenNebula TechDays for this year in case one is close to your location. If you are interested in participating in (or hosting) any of these TechDays agenda let us know. Besides the TechDays already celebrated (in Kuala Lumpur, Sofia, Madrid, Dallas, Toronto and Cambridge, Ede), this year members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in TechDays the following locations: Nuremberg and Dublin.
The EDE OpenNebula TechDay was a total success. Attendees learned how people from Fujitsu and the Dutch National Archive build their infrastructure, and people from Ceph explained how their technology work.

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Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

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 – April 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter, with latest developments, events and future plans for the upcoming months from the OpenNebula project. Read this newsletter to keep up to date with your favorite Cloud Management Platform.

Important! There are new dates for the OpenNebulaConf 2016, now it starts one day before, October 24-26. You might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities.

Technology

Spring is slowly fading into summer (at least in the north hemisphere, that is), and meanwhile we are slowly (but hectically, make no mistake) cooking OpenNebula 5.0 to deliver a new release of the state of the art cloud management platform that you cherish.
Most seek after features are ready and now undergoing the relentless certification process:

  • revamped Marketplace, now a first class citizen in OpenNebula, to import/export images to and from any datastore (including the new vCenter datastores)
  • vCenter storage management, including datastore selection, disk hotplug, vmdk creation, cloning and deletion; and full integration with the new Marketplace functionality. Also, vCenter resource pool selection for deployed VMs will be possible
  • fully integrated virtual router management (including default and transparent HA for routers). Link virtual networks together using a robust HA router, that will come out of the box in OpenNebula
  • revisited Sunstone style and interface changes (sneak peek), including an extension of the Cloud View available operations, to iron out the wrinkles in the user experience
  • instantiate to persistent! Do not lose your VM changes, OpenNebula will create a new VM Template and preserver the disks of a VM, even if they are non-persistent

Check the full list of feature in the development portal.

Take a look at the sneak peak of the new Sunstone layout, do you like it? Let us know!

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Community

Let’s see what’ve been brewing in our amazing community this past month.

Our friends at LINBIT have published an excellent blog post describing the new DRBD manage add-on for OpenNebula to achieve High Availability in the storage backend. Very interesting, keep up the good work!

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CipherSpace have contributed an awesome blog post describing their experiences adapting OpenNebula to their needs to serve their customers. In particular, it is very interesting the extensions to build Private Virtual Datacenters. A must read!

With the flexibility provided by the OpenNebula platform, we were able to create a valuably different solution in the PvDC model with nearly all our effort in the conceptual development of what we wanted to offer and the testing of small adaptations of OpenNebula

Other contributions are also welcome! For instance this extension to the EC2 server authorization, a Devuan (for those init lovers!) OpenNebula ready image in the marketplace and also a new CoreOS image also in the marketplace. Also interesting this automated way of deploying OpenNebula in HA.
We want to thank the community for their active involvement in the OpenNebula forum. Helps for helping the newcomers and having such a good vibe!

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 has been rescheduled to start one day before, from 24 to 26 of October. If you are willing to attend and can save now the date you can take advantage of a 40% discount in your Conf tickets. After the Conf’s first sponsor, StorPool, NodeWeaver also is going to participate as a Gold sponsor. Welcome! Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).

Check out the projected OpenNebula TechDays for this year in case one is close to your location. This past month three TechDays were held in North America, in particular in Dallas, Toronto and Cambridge. Check out the TechDay web pages for the slides. We want to thank you the sponsors that made possible these TechDays and also the attendees. We hope they were productive, we certainly received valuable feedback that will help us shape the future roadmap of the project.
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If you are interested in participating in (or hosting) any of these TechDays agenda let us know. Besides the TechDays already celebrated (in Kuala Lumpur, Sofia, Madrid, Dallas, Toronto and Cambridge), this year members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in TechDays the following locations: Ede, Nuremberg and Dublin.
Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

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 – March 2016

The OpenNebula monthly newsletter, with latest developments, events and future plans for the upcoming months from the OpenNebula project. Read this newsletter to keep up to date with your favorite Cloud Management Platform.

The OpenNebula Conf 2016 is due in October in Barcelona, Spain, and the Call for Speakers is now Open!. If you are a OpenNebula practitioner, user, architect, devop, admin or developer and have something to share, we welcome your submission. You might be also interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities. Also check out the projected OpenNebula TechDays for this year in case one is close to your location. Upcoming TechDays in April will be held in Dallas,Toronto and Cambridge. Also, there is some (but just a few!) seats left for the OpenNebula course OpenNebula Systems is giving in Cambridge.

Technology

OpenNebula 5.0 is brewing and the team is closing new features and liking the overall feeling of the next major upgrade. We are set for a beta release of 5.0 this very same upcoming month of April, so stay tuned for the following:

  • revamped Marketplace, now a first class citizen in OpenNebula, to import/export images to and from any datastore (including the new vCenter datastores)
  • vCenter storage management, including datastore selection and disk hotplug, a full integration with the new Marketplace functionality. Share VMDKs among OpenNebula instances! Also, vCenter resource pool selection for deployed VMs will be possible.
  • fully integrated virtual router management (including default and transparent HA for routers). Link virtual networks together using a robust HA router, that will come out of the box in OpenNebula
  • revisited Sunstone style and interface changes (sneak peek), including an extension of the Cloud View available operations, to iron out the wrinkles in the user experience

There are more new bits and bobs, check the full list of feature in the development portal.
Continuing with the series of Docker integration posts, this past month this entry explained how to get Docker Swarms deployed with OpenNebula. The idea is to get Docker Swarm to build a cluster out of a collection of Docker Engine VMs deployed in OpenNebula with Docker Machine. Docker Swarm is native clustering for Docker, delivering many advantages, like scheduling, high availability, etc.

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If you need professional support for your OpenNebula cloud, remember that OpenNebula Systems has extended the support services portfolio to include the Operating System of the virtualization nodes and the controller (which can be CentOS and/or Ubuntu), the hypervisor (libvirt and KVM), networking technologies as VXLAN/VLAN 802.1Q and Ceph as storage backend.

Community

The OpenNebula community never ceases to amaze us. Contributions to the common knowledge pool around OpenNebula deployments add huge value to the open source project. Several contributions were made this past month in this regard, let’s see the highlights.
A great addition is related to the LXCoNe addon with a very detailed and complete post. LXCoNE, a virtualization and monitoring driver for OpenNebula that comes as an add-on to provide OpenNebula with the ability to deploy LXC containers. It contributes to achieve better interoperability, performance and scalability in OpenNebula clouds. Right now, the driver is stable and ready for its release.
Also do not miss this post and contribution by TeleData, enabling the feed of monitoring data in the form of graphite metrics. Great work! And we blush with your words too!

In our opinion OpenNebula works like a charm. It is open and flexible. OpenNebula is one of the most mature, comprehensive and valuable Cloud-Stack available in the market

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And last but not least, our friends at LINBIT have contributed their OpenNebula driver for DRDB integration as an addon! This driver allows for highly available storage using DRBD9 + DRBD Manage in OpenNebula.

We are, as usual, thankful to have this wonderful community. Two thumbs up!

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 has already been announced . If you are willing to attend and can save now the date you can take advantage of a 40% discount in your Conf tickets. The Call for Speakers is now Open!. If you are a OpenNebula practitioner, user, architect, devop, admin or developer and have something to share, we welcome your submission.
More information is available from the event site. The Conf has already its first sponsor with StorPool. Welcome! Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).
This March the OpenNebula team held a TechDay Madrid. A full house event with very interesting talks held by Rentalia in the crib that saw OpenNebula birth!

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If you are interested in participating in (or hosting) any of these TechDays agenda let us know. Besides the TechDays already celebrated (in Kuala Lumpur, Sofia and Madrid), this year member of the OpenNebula team will be participating in TechDays the following locations: Dallas, Toronto, Cambridge, Ede, Nuremberg and Dublin.
The Swiss Open Systems User Group would be gathering next 16th of June to discuss Cloud Computing. If you are around and want to learn more about Clouds and OpenNebula, drop by.
You may be interested in OpenNebula Systems training plans for 2016 for Europe and US. These courses are designed to train cloud administrators to properly operate an OpenNebula infrastructure. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you.
Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

  • VMworld 2016 US, August 28 – September 1, Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center), Nevada, US.
  • VMworld 2016 Europe, October 17 – 20, Barcelona (Fira Barcelona Gran Via), Spain.

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 – February 2016

Latest developments, events and future plans for the upcoming months from the OpenNebula project. Read this newsletter to keep up to date with your favorite Cloud Management Platform.

You might be interested in taking a look at the sponsorship opportunities for the next OpenNebula Conf 2016, due in October in Barcelona. Also it may be of your interest the projected OpenNebula TechDays for this year. Upcoming TechDays in March and April will be held in Madrid, Dallas and Toronto.

Technology

The OpenNebula team keeps working in OpenNebula 5.0, the next major upgrade that will incorporate a wealth of new features, keeping a smooth upgrade path. And no, this is no easy task folks. But we will make it happen.

OpenNebula 5.0 is a revolution around the corner. In a few weeks, a beta version will come out featuring the following highlights:

  • revamped Marketplace, now a first class citizen in OpenNebula, to import/export images to and from any datastore (including the new vCenter datastores)
  • vCenter storage management, including datastore selection and disk hotplug, a full integration with the new Marketplace functionality. Share VMDKs among OpenNebula instances!
  • fully integrated virtual router management (including default and transparent HA for routers). Link virtual networks together using a robust HA router, that will come out of the box in OpenNebula

5.0 will also feature a myriad of interface changes, including an extension of the Cloud View available operations, to iron out the wrinkles in the user experience and a long list of other features.

As you may have noticed, interest in Docker is surging. We see OpenNebula as the perfect IaaS support for Docker, and as such our strategy regarding integration of Docker ecosystem within OpenNebula is to follow a “container as a service” approach. This is containers within VMs, not replace KVM/ESX with containers to ensure we maintain strong multi-tenancy. First we want to integrate OpenNebula with Docker-Machine to be able to build a container environment within your cloud. This feature is very advanced, as you can see in blog post. The second step would be to integrate tightly with Docker Swarm to be able to create Swarms using the OneFlow component.

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Community

Lots of exciting things are happening in the OpenNebula community. Collaborations, contributions, and yes! even praise. Let’s review the highlights.

LINBIT has developed a new set of drivers to give OpenNebula support for the excellent DRBD functionality. Check an informative demo in this video.

A new release of the Perl binding for the OpenNebula Cloud API (OCA) is also worth noting if Perl is your sysadmin scripting language of choice. No excuse to make all the chores automatically in your cloud infrastructure now!

A freshly brewed integration of OpenNebula with professional VDI platform has been announced by UDS Enterprise, to be available in the upcoming 2.0 release of their software.

Our friends at NodeWeavers never stop. Take a look at their new family addition. Cute is an understatement, and since it is based on OpenNebula, powerful another one.

World wide adoption of OpenNebula is a fact. If more proof is needed, this is an excellent one. OpenNebula has been translated to the Persian language! Check this out.

Overall, we are very proud of the OpenNebula community. OpenNebula won’t be half as good without you guys, keep it up!

Outreach

The next OpenNebula Conference in Barcelona in October 2016 has already been announced . If you are willing to attend and can save now the date you can take advantage of a 40% discount in your Conf tickets. More information is available from the event site. The Conf has already its first sponsor with StorPool. Welcome! Learn about the different sponsorship opportunities in the Conference web page. If you want to understand what all the OpenNebula Conference fuzz is about, check the last Conference material (talks, slides,pictures).

Two OpenNebula TechDays, from this year’s scheduled ones have already been hosted. The first on was the TechDay in Kuala Lumpur, at MIMOS, where we learned about the wide OpenNebula ecosystem that is fostering in Malaysia. We want to thank all the people at MIMOS who received us for making this possible. The second TechDay happened in Sofia, Bulgaria, hosted by StorPool. We also want to thank StorPool for the magnificent hosting and the excellent local promotion, which yielded an excellent number of attendees.

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If you are interested in participating in (or hosting) any of these TechDays agenda let us know. The next TechDay will happen this month hosted by Rentalia, and it will be held in Madrid, Spain.

The Swiss Open Systems User Group would be gathering next 16th of June to discuss Cloud Computing. If you are around and want to learn more about Clouds and OpenNebula, drop by.

You may be interested in OpenNebula Systems training plans for 2016 for Europe and US. These courses are designed to train cloud administrators to properly operate an OpenNebula infrastructure. Please contact us if your would like to request training near you.

Members of the OpenNebula team will be present in the following events in upcoming months:

  • VMworld 2016 US, August 28 – September 1, Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center), Nevada, US.
  • VMworld 2016 Europe, October 17 – 20, Barcelona (Fira Barcelona Gran Via), Spain.

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.