OpenNebula Newsletter – June 2013

Here’s our monthly newsletter, with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

The OpenNebulaApps have catched up with OpenNebula 4.0. This new version comes with a new appearance, tailored to match the new Sunstone, and multiple bug fixes. The development department is working full steam on new OpenNebulaApp features, so stay tuned for useful and awesome new features for the 4.2 release of the Apps. There is also a huge amount of work devoted to the upcoming 4.2 release. We held a public IRC meeting to define the 4.2 roadmap, to discuss the requests for new features and for extending existing features.

Multiple changes are being carried out in the VMware drivers, aimed to give more control over VMware resources, and a more fine grained management of VMware virtual machines. Special attention is being paid to the storage backend option for VMware, polishing existing combinations and dropping some of the less used ones. Also, synergies and potential integrations are being explored between OpenNebula, Foreman and Puppet. Moreover, new drivers to interact with Xen 4.2 are being developed. These will enable the use of new Xen features like VHD images and a more tight HVM integration. A new virtual router is available in the marketplace, featuring a smaller image size and providing routing, port forwarding, dhcp, radvd and dns server functionality.

Community

The OpenNebula community is as vibrant as ever! Check out this amazing post where an community extension is explained (including a very nice video), which enables Infiniband interfaces in KVM virtual machines. Thanks David, fine indeed. Former ONEr Hector San Juan updated the VirtualBox drivers for OpenNebula, very useful for sandboxing and development environments.

Outreach

We want to remind you about the First OpenNebula Conference!. The Conference, based in Berlin between the 24 and 26 of september, will serve as a meeting point for OpenNebula cloud users, developers, administrators, builders, integrators and researchers and a unique opportunity for discussion and collaboration with other projects. This month several very interesting speakers were confirmed:

If you are interested in giving a talk or attending the conference, now is the perfect time!

Besides, this month marked the creation of multiple OpenNebula user groups. The following is a lits of the already formed ones:

Besides, the following are in the process of becoming OpenNebula user group:

  • United States of America
  • Spain
  • Hungary
  • Cuba
  • Egypt

This past month a number of events were participated by OpenNebula members:

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

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 2013

Here’s our monthly newsletter, a bit delayed due to the release effort (sorry folks!), with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

OpenNebula 4.0 Eagle has been released this month, with the new Sunstone aspect and the new awesome features: Sunstone Views functionality, a whole new set of operations for VMs like system and disk snapshotting, capacity resizing, programmable VM actions, IPv6, new drivers also, like Ceph; as well as improvements for VMware, KVM and Xen.

The Sandboxes have been updated to 4.0, so if you want to try out the goodies that Eagle brings under the hood, take a look at the Try Out section. You can download and launch a virtual machine with a configured OpenNebula installation, with various flavors for ESX, VirtualBox, KVM and Amazon EC2. There are new screencasts available, to swiftly glimpse the new functionality offered.

Now is the time to plan the roadmap for the next release. For this reason, we will organize a demonstration of the new features of Eagle, followed a couple of days after of an IRC session to discuss with the community the nice things to have for the next release, 4.2.

Community

Reached this point, we want to give a huge THANKS! to our community. No, seriously guys, you rock big time. Feedback obtained for the beta and release candidates were precious, detailed and very important. Eagle wouldn’t be nearly as good as it is today without all of you.

Patrick McGarry, from the Ceph team, worked with us to create a blog post explaining the new and shiny integration of OpenNebula and Ceph. Giovanni Toraldo also participated extensively integrating jcloud with the OpenNebula EC2 interface (econe), suggesting improvements in the interface to smooth the integration.

There has been a grand effort carried out by the community in the matter of the Sunstone translations. Eagle just included three new languages (Dutch, Polish and Simplified Chinese) to OpenNebula Sunstone, making the overall available number of languages the impressive figure of 17. Many thanks to all translators!

Outreach

A big milestone for the OpenNebula project is the First OpenNebula Conference!. The Conference, based in Berlin, will serve as a meeting point for OpenNebula cloud users, developers, administrators, builders, integrators and researchers and a unique opportunity for discussion and collaboration with other projects. Join us in Berlin in September, 24-26!

This past month a number of events were participated by OpenNebula members:

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

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 2013

Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

While OpenNebula 4.0 Beta is already out in the wild, the OpenNebula team is working flat out fixing bugs and stabilizing the code to release the final 4.0 version (codename Eagle) as soon as possible.

Feedback for the new Sunstone interface has been great so far, and the last touches are being given to the new self-service portal that would use the same foundation as Sunstone. Administrators and users would be able to log in into different views, accessing different functionality.

An answer was also looked for the question Which Cloud Management Platform is the most open?, where arguments are given for the different perspectives (namely, developers and users) of the cloud actors.

Also, we would like to remind you about the active Call for Translations for OpenNebula 4.0 Eagle, so if you are interested in translating Sunstone to your language, please take a look at this email.

Community

Another month, the community has been as involved and as active as ever. Cisco is contributing a prototype for NetApp filers to leverage its fast cloning capabilities. Cerit has created a VMM driver for managing truly High Availability OpenNebula KVM instances via RedHat’s “High Availability Add-On”. China Mobile is integrating a new storage system with OpenNebula in its Big Cloud Elastic Computing. This is interesting since they manage a large scale deployment, so their feedback on this is very valuable for the project and the software.

We welcomed two new partners  (NetWays and Inovex) in Germany that are providing value-added integration and consulting services around OpenNebula. These new partnerships underpin the confidence of these companies have in OpenNebula and C12G Labs. They have identified OpenNebula as the best available open source product for cloud applications after thorough and critical evaluation.

Outreach

This past month a number of events were participated by OpenNebula members:

  • CeBIT, Hanover, Germany, March 5-9, 2013
  • Floss UK, Newcastle, UK, March 20 and 21, 2013

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

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 2013

A huge effort is being put in by the OpenNebula team to finish and polish the features that define the upcoming OpenNebula 4.0. Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

The OpenNebula team has been busy with the next major release, OpenNebula 4.0. We expect the Beta release to be available in mid-March, followed by the final release towards the end of the month.

There has been already leaks of the Sunstone facelift, and the team is working at top speed to add the latest features to the Web GUI. For instance, the ability to create virtual machine snapshots and hotplug network interfaces, as well as the possibility of schedule actions over virtual machines (“shutdown this machine next saturday at 10:00am”) are currently at work in the Sunstone interface. Also, there has been a major reform of the command line interface, with new added possibilities.

After receiving several requests from our users to sponsor some particular features, a new program called “Fund a Feature” has been created, which allows organizations to fund the development of new features. And lastly, we have prepared an article to briefly describe our experience about the different types of cloud models, and our view about how the main open-source cloud management platforms (namely Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenStack and OpenNebula) are targeting their needs.

Community

The community has been as vibrant as ever this month! We have amazing contributions like the really good help at the time of the development of the new Ceph drivers. An amazing contribution in the realm of the LVM shared drivers has also emerged from the community, with a very neat and detailed documentation. Moreover, contributions to the ecosystem components have been made as well, like the cxm cluster, a solution to host virtual machines on a pool of Xen hypervisors connected to a SAN.

Our community is also present in several multi-site cloud infrastructures, like BonFIRE, with contributions like the NFS and LVM deployment with OpenNebula. We are also very proud to have contributed to the European Roadmap for Cloud Technologies under H2020

Outreach

This past month a number of events were participated by OpenNebula members:

  • FOSDEM 2013, Brussels, Belgium, February 2 and 3, 2013

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

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 2013

OpenNebula 4.0 is getting prepared, the team is finishing the new shiny features and the beta release is just a few weeks away. Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

A very active month for OpenNebula, with several big news.

A major change has occurred in the OpenNebula release process, with C12G announcing that every OpenNebula maintenance release and service pack will be made publicly available at the community site. From release 3.8 onwards, the OpenNebula community will enjoy the benefits of the OpenNebulaPro distribution including the C12G’s Quality Assurance processes. Which is really good news! The OpenNebula distribution will benefit from a more up to date, quality software.

The Team is focused on the upcoming 4.0 release. An important number of bugs are being wrinkled out, and several and relevant features are being worked upon. You can follow the progress from the development portal.

In a nutshell, the upcoming OpenNebula 4.0 will come with a revamped Sunstone interface (stay tuned for this! screenshots may leak shortly in your favorite cloud management platform twitter account and in this blog), core enhancement with audit trails, additions to virtual machine lifecycles (like the “hold” state), the ability to create disk snapshots, which comes in very handy for the day to day service management, as well as support for RBD block devices.

A groundbreaking milestone has been reached with the open-source release of the OpenNebulaApps, a suite of tools for users and administrators of OpenNebula clouds to simplify and optimize multi-tiered application management. The new software has been released under Apache license and will be incorporated into the main distribution of OpenNebula, bringing state-of-the art service management (among other nice features) to the OpenNebula community.

It is also worth to highlight the apparition of the OpenNebula cloud OS architecture in IEEE Computer, with description of its different components, discussing the different approaches for cloud federation

Community

There have been a number of community contributions to OpenNebula during this last month. A very valuable contribution was made by Nicolas Agius as a new ecosystem component, the Clustered Xen Manager (CXM) drivers for OpenNebula. These TM and VMM drivers allow the use of cLVM datastores on a pool of XEN hypervisors. It also brings high-availability and load-balancing to the hosted VM using the CXM.

Another outstanding contribution by Ricardo Duarte is the econe metadata server, which enables VM contextualization for OpenNebula clouds the same way it is done in the Amazon EC2 environment.

Moreover, support for OpenNebula in rexify (a popular server configuration management tool) has been added, enabling virtual machine deployment and contextualization using rexify in OpenNebula clouds.

We would like to thank the numerous people that provided feedback, either through the development portal or the user mailing list, with bug reporting, patches for bug fixing and the intense testing. OpenNebula community, healthy as ever!

Outreach

A relevant post has been written in GigaOM about the open-source release of the OpenNebula Apps components with Apache license.

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team or people deeply familiar with the technology will be speaking in the following events:

  • FOSDEM 2013, Brussels, Belgium, February 2 and 3, 2013
  • CeBIT, Hanover, Germany, March 5-9, 2013
  • FlossUK, Managing Enterprise Clouds with OpenNebula, March 20 and 21, 2013

If you will be attending any of these events and want to meet with a member of the OpenNebula team, drop us a line at contact@opennebula.org. 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 – January 2013

Happy New Year, everyone! This is our first newsletter of 2013, summarizing everything that happened during the last month of 2012. In case you haven’t read it yet, remember we’ve also published a Year in Review post with all the exciting stuff that happened in the OpenNebula project and its community during 2012.

Technology

The Team is focused on the upcoming 4.0 release. An important number of bugs are being wrinkled out, and several and relevant features are being worked upon. You can follow the progress from the development portal.

The Sunstone facelift is advancing steadily, with usability being greatly improved. For instance, cluster management is going to be revamped completely, with the ability to create or update cluster with the appropriate resources, instead of adding them later. Also, CSS layout is being worked upon to achieve a cleaner interface. Changes are also going on with the command line interface, with a better interface and help.

Other aspects are also being considered, like core enhancement with audit trails, additions to virtual machine lifecycles (like the “hold” state). Another important feature that will be introduced in the upcoming 4.0 release is the ability to create disk snapshots, which comes in very handy for the day to day service management. Other number of improvements are on the oven, like the ability to handle RBD block devices.

The mechanisms offered to try out OpenNebula has been extended. Besides the existing Sanboxes with OpenNebula 3.8 preinstalled (for VirtualBox, KVM and VMware ESX), there is a new, even easier to try out Sandbox available within Amazon EC2. With it, users are able to log into the OpenNebula cloud, monitor the managed resources, and launch instances of virtual machines without the hassle of configuring a physical infrastructure. Also, an effort was carried out to develop simple how-to guides describing the step-by-step process to deploy OpenNebula in the most common linux and hypervisor combinations. Currently there are guides for CentOS and VMware, and for CentOS and KVM.

Community

Another great contribution has been added to the OpenNebula ecosystem, again by the hand of China Mobile. In this case, a new set of drivers are available to support Linux Containers (LXC). This work has been done in the context of the Big Cloud Elastic Computing System, engined by OpenNebula.

As always, the OpenNebula community keeps an state of vibrant contributions. For instance, Robert Schweikert contributed a new init functionality, with the ability to bootstrap the OpenNebula database without starting the “oned” daemon. Moreover, a patch has been contributed by Simon Boulet to instantiate an existing template while providing custom attributes such as the CONTEXT or IMAGE_ID, without the need to Clone / create a user template. Another patch was also contributed by Simon boulet to create Vms on hold.

Also, we would like to thank the numerous people that provided feedback, either through the development portal or the user mailing list, with bug reporting, patches for bug fixing and the intense testing. Two big thumbs up to the OpenNebula community!

Outreach

We want to highlight a very special mention of OpenNebula by Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission and Comissioner for Digital Agenda, during a talk about how the EU is supporting Open ICT systems, namely open-source, open-procurement, and open-data.

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team or people deeply familiar with the technology will be speaking in the following events:

  • FOSDEM 2013, Brussels, Belgium, February 2 and 3, 2013
  • FlossUK, Managing Enterprise Clouds with OpenNebula, March 20 and 21, 2013

If you will be attending any of these events and want to meet with a member of the OpenNebula team, drop us a line at contact@opennebula.org. 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 2012: Year in Review

Time flies, and we are approaching the end of another successful year at OpenNebula!. We’ve had a lot to celebrate around here during 2012, including our fifth anniversary. We took that opportunity to look back at how the project has grown in the last five years. We are extremely happy with the organic growth of the project. It’s five years old, it’s parked in some of the biggest organizations out there, and that all happened without any investment in marketing, just offering the most innovative and flexible open-source solution for data center virtualization and enterprise cloud management. An active and engaged community, along with our focus on solving real user needs in innovative ways and the involvement of the users in a fully vendor-agnostic project, constitute, in our view, the OpenNebula’s recipe to success.

As 2012 draws to and end, we’d like to review what this year has meant for the OpenNebula project and give you a peek at what you can expect from us in 2013. You have all the details about the great progress that we have seen for the OpenNebula project in our monthly newsletters.

Technology

During 2012, we have worked very hard to continue delivering the open-source industry standard to build and manage enterprise clouds, providing sysadmins and devops with an enterprise-grade data center virtualization platform that adapts to the underlying processes and models for computing, storage, security, monitoring, and networking. The Project has released 4 updates of the software: 3.2, 3.4, 3.6  and 3.8  within a rapid release cycle aimed at accelerating the transfer of innovation to the market. These new releases have incorporated full support for VMware, a whole slew of new computing, storage, network, user, accounting and security management features in the core, and many improvements to Sunstone, Self-service, oZones, and the AWS and OCCI interfaces. Thanks to this innovation, OpenNebula brings the highest levels of flexibility, stability, scalability and functionality for virtualized data centers and enterprise clouds in the open-source domain.

The roadmap of these releases was completely driven by users needs with features that meet real demands, and not features that resulted from an agreement between IT vendors planning to create their own proprietary cloud solution. Most of the OpenNebula contributors are users of the software, mostly sysadmins and devops, that have developed new innovative features from their production environments. We want to give a big two thumbs up to Research in Motion, Logica, China Mobile, STAKI LPDS, Terradue 2.0, CloudWeavers, Clemson University, Vilnius University, Akamai, Atos, FermiLab, and many other community members for their amazing contributions to OpenNebula. During 2012, we have tried to keep updated the list of people that have contributed to OpenNebula during the last five yearsSend us an email if we forgot to include your name on the list.

We also announced the release of the new OpenNebula Marketplace, an online catalog where individuals and organizations can quickly distribute and deploy virtual appliances ready-to-run on OpenNebula clouds. Any user of an OpenNebula cloud can find and deploy virtual appliances in a single click. The OpenNebula marketplace is also of interest to software developer looking to quickly distribute a new appliance, making it available to all OpenNebula deployments worldwide. OpenNebula is fully integrated with the new OpenNebula Marketplace. Any user of an OpenNebula cloud can very easily find and deploy virtual appliances through familiar tools like the Sunstone GUI or the OpenNebula CLI.

Additionally, a set of  contextualization packages have been developed to aid in the contextualization of guest images by OpenNebula, smoothing the process of preparing images to be used in an OpenNebula cloud. We have also extended the mechanisms offered to try out OpenNebula. The Project now provides several Sanboxes with OpenNebula 3.8 preinstalled for VirtualBoxKVMVMware ESX and Amazon EC2, and simple how-to guides for CentOS and VMware, and for CentOS and KVM.

It is also worth emphasizing the aspects that makes OpenNebula the platform of choice for the enterprise cloud: it is a production-ready software, easy to integrate with third party tools, and with unique features for the management of enterprise clouds. In 2012, C12G announced several releases of the OpenNebulaPro distribution: 3.2, 3.4, 3.6  and 3.8, and the brand-new OpenNebulaApps suite, a suite of tools for users and administrators of OpenNebula to simplify and optimize cloud application management. OpenNebulaPro provides the rapid innovation of open-source, with the stability and long-term production support of commercial software. C12G also announced new training sessions and jumpstart packages.

2013 will bring important changes in the Release Strategy and Quality Assurance Process of the project that will make OpenNebula even more enterprise-ready and community-friendly.  All of the benefits of the OpenNebulaPro distribution, as a more stable and certified distribution of OpenNebula, will be incorporated into OpenNebula and so publicly available for the community.

The Team is now focused on the upcoming 4.0 release that will bring many new features which will come in very handy for the day to day enterprise cloud management, including improvements in SunStone facelift and usability, enhancements in the core with audit trails or new states in the the virtual machine lifecycle, or support for disk snapshots and RBD block devices.

Community

Many people and organizations have contributed in different ways to the project, from the expertise and dedication of our core committers and hundreds of contributors to the valuable feedback of our thousands of users.  Some of our users and contributors have reached us with valuable testimonials, expressing their opinion of OpenNebula and the reasons of their choice over other cloud manager platforms. These testimonials include opinions by industry and research leaders like China Mobile, Dell, IBM, Logica, FermiLab, CERN, European Space Agency and SARA. We are looking forward to hearing from you!.

During 2012, we have seen a truly remarkable growth in the number of organizations and projects using OpenNebula, and many leading companies and research centers were added to our list of featured users: CITEC, LibreIT, Tokyo Institute of Technology, CloudWeavers, IBERGRID, MeghaCloud, NineLab, ISMB , RENKEI, BrainPowered, Dell, Liberologico, Impetus, OnGrid, Payoda, Cerit-CS, BAIDU, RJMetrics, RUR, MIMOS… Send us an email if  you would like to see your organization or project on the list of featured users.

An interesting study was published by C12G Labs, resulting from a survey among 820 users with a running OpenNebula cloud. The results stated that  43% of the deployments are in industry and 17% in research centers, KVM at 42% and VMware at 27% are the dominant hypervisors, and Ubuntu at 31% and CentOS at 26% are the most widely used linux distributions for OpenNebula clouds.

“Because it simply works” was the most frequent answer to the question “Why would you recommend OpenNebula to a colleague?” that we made to our users in a short survey that tells us how we are doing. Other frequent answers were “Because it is easy to install, maintain and update” or  “Because it is easy to customize”. “Rich functionality and stability” and “support for VMware” are also frequently mentioned by the survey respondents.

Several new components have been contributed to the OpenNebula ecosystemCarina, CLUES,  a new version of Hyper-V drivers (result of our collaboration with Microsoft), Green Cloud SchedulerOnenoxOpenVZ drivers, Contrail’s Virtual Execution Platformone-ovz-driver, and a new OpenNebula driver in Deltacloud. We would like to highlight RIM’s contribution of Carina. The Carina project was motivated by the need to speed up the deployment of services onto the OpenNebula private cloud at RIM, it is a successful attempt to standardize the process for automating multi-VM deployments and setting auto-scaling and availability management policies in the cloud. We are looking forward to other upcoming contributions, like the components that China Mobile is developing for its Big Cloud Elastic Computing System. Regarding implementation of standards, new versions of rOCCI have been released to provide OpenNebula with a fully compliant OGF OCCI API.

Thanks also to our community, OpenNebula is now part of the repositories of the main Linux distributions: OpenSUSEFedoraDebianUbuntu and CentOS. Moreover, there is a new book on OpenNebula and people from many organizations like Puppet Labs, IBM, China Mobile and RIM, or projects like FutureGrid have contributed new guides and experiences to our blog. One of the benefits of having a truly international community is that several users have been able to contribute partial and complete translations of OpenNebula’s user-facing interfaces. We started using Transifex to help us manage these translations, we also want to give a big thumbs up to our community for the translation efforts. Sunstone and Self-service are available in 9 different languages, and more are underway, making a total of 17!.

We also want to highlight a very special mention of OpenNebula by Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission and Comissioner for Digital Agenda, during a talk about how the EU is supporting Open ICT systems, namely open-source, open-procurement, and open-data.

In the coming year, we will continue our collaboration  with other communities and will launch new initiatives to support our wide community of users and developers, and the ecosystem of open-source components and innovative projects being created around OpenNebula.

Outreach

OpenNebula presented 20 keynotes, invited talks and tutorials in the main international events in cloud computing including CloudScapeFOSDEMOpen Source DatacenterLinuxTagNASA AmesRootCamp BerlinMatchmaking in the CloudCloudOpenFrOSConLibre Software MeetingBeLUGGigaOM Structure:Europe, or LinuxCon Europe. C12G Labs started a series of Webinars focused on different aspects and possible deployments achieved by OpenNebula. Moreover, here’s been a lot of coverage in the media of OpenNebula during 2012. We created a page to keep track of the OpenNebula apparitions in the press.

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If OpenNebula has become such a successful open source project is thanks to its awesome community of users and contributors. We would like to thank all the people and organizations who have contributed to OpenNebula by being active with the discussions, answering user questions, or providing patches for bugfixes, features and documentation. We appreciate your feedback and welcome your comments on all issues. The team will be monitoring this post for the next weeks or so and will try and answer all the questions we can.

Thanks for continuing to spread the word and stay tuned because we are announcing important changes in our release cycle and processes to make OpenNebula even more enterprise-ready and community-fiendly.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you health, happiness and prosperity in 2013 to you and your loved ones!.

On behalf of the OpenNebula Project.

OpenNebula Newsletter – December 2012

Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months. We are very proud of our toddler (OpenNebula) arriving at the mature age of five years. Congrats!

Technology

The OpenNebula team is setting the engine to full throttle for the upcoming 4.0 version. There is a set of new cool features that will ensure that the best functionality is present in your favorite cloud management platform. This release is focused on usability, an important effort is being made to ensure that the user experience is as smooth and productive as possible.

On of the mains efforts is focused on giving a facelift to the Sunstone GUI, with a complete revamp of the user dialogs, as well as new options like embedded SSH connections to the virtual machines. Moreover, the command line interface is also undergoing several changes to make them easier to use.

The OpenNebula daemon and the orbiting components are also being scrutinized to produce better logging, so the user and the cloud admin can figure out what is going on in their virtual and physical infrastructure. This will be used as well to offer an audit trail feature.

Another important feature that will be introduced in the upcoming 4.0 release is the ability to create disk snapshots, which comes in very handy for the day to day service management. Other number of improvements are on the oven, like the ability to handle RBD block devices.

It is worth mentioning the new methods to try out OpenNebula, like the Sandboxes with OpenNebula 3.8 preinstalled (for VirtualBox, KVM and VMware  ESX, and an upcoming Amazon EC2 AMI), and the ongoing effort to develop simple how-to guides.

C12G Labs released OpenNebula 3.8 Pro, the enterprise edition of its widely-deployed open-source management solution for enterprise data center virtualization and private cloud computing. OpenNebulaPro integrates the most recent stable version of OpenNebula (3.8) with bugfixes, performance, and scalability patches developed by the community and by C12G for its customers and partners. OpenNebula 3.8 (codename Twin Jet), released one month ago, enhances its AWS and OCCI API implementations and provides a tighter integration with VMware and KVM.

C12G also released the first stable release of the OpenNebulaApps, a suite of tools for users and administrators of OpenNebula to simplify and optimize cloud application management. OpenNebulaApps provides a service management layer on top of OpenNebula by configuring the software stack in the applications, managing multi-tiered applications, providing configurable services from a catalog, and building your own private market to distribute applications across several OpenNebula instances. Cloud applications consist of complex software stacks, OpenNebulaApps helps to manage their life-cycle and contributes to significantly reduce the time needed to build, distribute, and deploy cloud applications.

Community

New contributions form this month from our vibrant community includes a new post explaining how to use OpenNebula and ZFS. Also, folks at SZTAKI have contributed an amazing patch to provide full iSCSI support, we would like to send a big two thumps up to them for this. Same people at SZTAKI have contributed a new appliance to the OpenNebula Marketplace as well as ATA-over-Ethernet drivers. We would like to highlight the talk given by Giovanni Toraldo in the Develer workshop.

We know that there are a high number of infrastructures being cloudify thanks to the use of OpenNebula, but we want to devote some lines to this rural school pilot program for its aim, it closeness and philosophy.

OpenNebula ecosystem keeps growing, we want to give a special mention to Hedera and its great service manager Kanopya. Also, we want to mention the release of new version (0.88) of CLUES,  an energy management system for High Performance Computing (HPC) Clusters and Cloud infrastructures.

It is worth mentioning that, as part of FOSDEM (one of the most important european events in the open source arena), the OSS Cloud IaaS projects (OpenNebula, Eucalyptus, OpenStack, CloudStack) are organizing a Cloud devroom. This Cloud devroom, will be an excellent opportunity to promote your solutions with OpenNebula, share your experiences operating/building/designing a Cloud with OpenNebula at your company or institution,  meet some of the OpenNebula developers, and discuss with others about OSS Cloud technologies.

Outreach

This past month a number of events were participated by OpenNebula members:

During the following months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:
  • FOSDEM 2013, Brussels, Belgium, February 2 and 3, 2013

If you will be attending any of these events and want to meet with a member of the OpenNebula team, drop us a line at contact@opennebula.org. 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 – November 2012

Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

OpenNebula 3.8 Twin Jet has just been released, check out the release notes for release highlights and a summary of the new features incorporated in OpenNebula 3.8.

OpenNebula 3.8 enhances the integration with VMware and KVM, which are the most widely used hypervisors in OpenNebula clouds, and with heterogeneous infrastructures using multiple hypervisors. Twin Jet features an improved storage VMware interface with native support for VMFS and integration with cgroups and SPICE on KVM deployments. This new version seamlessly integrates with the new Virtual Router in the OpenNebula marketplace to provide L3 services based on the OpenNebula virtual networks.

Twin Jet also enhances the EC2 Query API server, which now provides a complete implementation of the Elastic Block Store (EBS) and keypairs, along with other minor enhancements to be more compliant with the Amazon EC2 specification. The OCCI cloud API now brings new actions and hotplugging functionality.

An effort was also carried out to come closer to the popular linux distributions, the new packages for  3.8 distributed by the OpenNebula team for each supported distribution will be the same as the packages contained in the linux distros.

One of the changes introduced in OpenNebula 3.8 is the new contextualization packages The new version comes with some changes that we hope will make people creating images happier.

There is also worth emphasizing the aspects that makes OpenNebula the platform of choice for the enterprise cloud. In a nutshell: it is a production ready software, easily integrated with third party tools and with unique features the management of enterprise clouds.

Community

An interesting study was published by C12G Labs, resulting from a survey among 820 users with a running OpenNebula cloud. The results state that  43% of the deployments are in industry and 17% in research centers, KVM at 42% and VMware at 27% are the dominant hypervisors, and Ubuntu at 31% and CentOS at 26% are the most widely used linux distributions for OpenNebula clouds.

As member of the OpenNebula community, China Mobile has posted their work on how does it take to deploy 100 virtual machines using a single instance of OpenNebula, and the answer is less than 5 minutes! The post is very interesting since it shows the configuration that China Mobile has set in their OpenNebula cloud to achieve this very nice results.

Another awesome contribution to the OpenNebula ecosystem was described by Research in Motion, giving a detailed description of the features and architecture of Carina. The Carina project was motivated by the need to speed up the deployment of services onto the OpenNebula private cloud at RIM,  it is a successful attempt to standardize the process for automating multi-VM deployments and setting auto-scaling and availability management policies in the cloud.

We want to give a big two thumbs up to our community for their amazing contributions to OpenNebula 3.8. We can highlight contributions by China Mobile, Research in Motion, Atos, FermiLab, CentOS and many others. OpenNebula’s Development Portal provides more details about the specific contributions. We would also like to thank all the people that have contributed translations for Self-Service and Sunstone, as well as to Bill Campbell, the author of the nifty integration of OpenNebula and Ceph, with a set of TM/DS/VMM scripts. Moreover, kudos to SZTAKI LPDS for the enhancement in the iSCSI drivers, focused to achieve higher reliability and stability while working with iscsi datastores with TGT server.

Outreach

There’s been a lot of coverage in the media of OpenNebula. We’ve created a page to keep track of the OpenNebula apparitions in the press. This month, OpenNebula was featured in the following publications:

This past month a number of events were participated by OpenNebula members:

During the upcoming month, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following events:

  • LinuxCon Europe 2012, Barcelona, Spain, November 5-7, 2012
  • BeLUG, Berlin Linux User Group, Berlin, Germany, November 28th, 2012.

If you will be attending any of these events and want to meet with a member of the OpenNebula team, drop us a line at contact@opennebula.org. 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.

The new C12G training program is also relevant for OpenNebula users and administrators, covering OpenNebula public and private training classes. The courses span across 3 days, and cover the fundamentals of the OpenNebula cloud manager platform.

Also this month, C12G Labs disclosed the OpenNebula Jumpstart packages, designed to help new customers springboard their productivity, speed time to deployment, and reduce business and technical risks through professional assistance with initial set-up, configuration, support and knowledge transfer.

OpenNebula Newsletter – October 2012

OpenNebula 3.8 is getting prepared, the team is finishing the testing procedure and the beta release is just a few days away. Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming months.

Technology

The OpenNebula team is very busy with the next major release, OpenNebula 3.8. We expect to throw a beta release into the wild in a few days, followed by the final release about  halfway through the month.

This release will come with several improvements in the VMware drivers, including the ability to handle VMFS volumes, opening a broad number of possible scenarios storage-wise. Important improvements are also being made in the EC2 interface, with the inclusion of  key-pairs and EBS volume handling; the OCCI interface, with new actions and hotplugging functionality and the KVM hypervisor, with control groups (cgroups) integration. Also, there are new actions for the core lifecycle VM management, with the ability to perform Power on and Power off over VMs. CLI improvements were also develop, as well as SPICE support through Sunstone.

An effort was also carried out to come closer to the popular linux distributions, the new packages for  3.8 distributed by the OpenNebula team for each supported distribution will be the same as the packages contained in the linux distros.

Community

Our user base is growing at a healthy pace. Our more relevant users and contributors have reached us with valuable testimonials, expressing their opinion of OpenNebula and the reasons of their choice over other cloud manager platforms. These testimonials include opinions by industry and research leaders, including China Mobile, Dell, IBM, Logica, FermiLab, CERN, European Space Agency and SARA.

Research in Motion (RIM) have published an open-source component, Carina, that allows to automatically deploy, scale and manage the availability of multi-VM application clusters according to policies such as time of day, load-based, service priority, failure events, or custom metrics.

We want to give a big thumbs up to our community for the translation efforts. Sunstone and Self-service are available in 8 different languages, and more are underway, making a total of 17!.

The demo cloud offered to try out OpenNebula has reached 2,000 users. You may want to register for an account to try out OpenNebula Sunstone, OCCI and EC2.

Outreach

An interesting post have been written in GigaOM about the role OpenNebula plays in cloud computing innovation. Since we started the OpenNebula project in 2005, we have helped many organizations develop value by building innovative cloud services and solutions to meet their user and customer needs in new ways or to meet new market needs.

This past month a number of events were participated by OpenNebula members:

During the upcoming months, members of the OpenNebula team will be speaking in the following event:

Also, Netways will be offering a workshop on OpenNEbula during November:

If you will be attending any of these events and want to meet with a member of the OpenNebula team, drop us a line at contact@opennebula.org. 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.