OpenNebula Newsletter – September 2013

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

Technology

OpenNebula 4.2 Flame is out, and we received loads of positive feedback about it. It is good to know that all the hard work means something.

But, of course, by all means Flame is not perfect! For this reason, the OpenNebula team is working full throttle towards the next release, OpenNebula 4.4. We can advance cool features like improved EC2 support, support for multiple system datastore, improved Open vSwitch integration, better xmlrpc concurrency, support for IP reservations and many other nice improvements. Check the development portal for the full set of features and bugs to be dealt with for OpenNebula 4.4.

In order to ease the installation of OpenNebula, we have created package repositories for CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian and openSUSE to make the installation and upgrade even easier. Latest contextualization packages for CentOS/RedHat, Ubuntu and Debian are also located in those repositories.

Community

The OpenNebula community haven’t taken summer holidays. The OpenNebula support mailing list was packed with questions about OpenNebula 4.2, as well as feature requests for the upcoming 4.4.

OpenNebula users groups are catching on, and they displayed very good health this last August. A new user group was created in Hungary, to bring together the Hungarian OpenNebula users and aiming develop a consistent, reliable professional community around OpenNebula. Their first meeting would be the next 3rd of October, check it out and join in if around!.

An OpenNebula group was also created on XING, the social software platform for professionals. If you a re a XING and OpenNebula user, you surely would want to hang out here. Moreover, it looks like the Denver OpenNebula user group is evolving.

We tend to blush when we read nice things about OpenNebula. This article made a very good job on that ;) (yes, we had to translate it).

And last, but not least, if you are a german speaker you might be interested in this OpenNebula webinar, offered by our partners at NETWAYS this 5th of September at 14:00 CEST.

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 an unique opportunity for discussion and collaboration with other projects.

The first OpenNebula Conference will deliver its educational content through 6 keynotes, 2 tracks with 18 regular talks, 1 hands-on tutorial and 3 community sessions (see this page for more details).

This first conference is the perfect place to learn about Cloud Computing, or to learn how industry leaders of different sectors are using OpenNebula in their datacenters. The list of high quality keynote speakers includes Daniel Concepción (Produban – Bank Santander Group), Thomas Higdon (Akamai), Steven Timm (FermiLab), André von Deetzen (Deutsche Post E-Post), Jordi Farrés (European Space Agency,) Karanbir Singh (CentOS Project), and Rubén S. Montero (OpenNebula Project).

The final speaker line-up, as well as the agenda are already closed. But there is a chance left still to contribute to the conference, as there are still a couple of spots left for lightning talks: 5 minute presentations focusing on one key point (a new project, product, feature, integration, experience, etc). This session is an opportunity for ideas to get the attention they deserve. Register today and do not miss out this opportunity!

The conference is a must attend for every person who wants to:

  • Build, configure and operate a private cloud
  • Hear cloud experts from leading companies
  • Gather actionable and thought-provoking ideas from real hands-on experiences, industry case studies and deployment experiences
  • Gain practical insight and knowledge from organizations building and running production cloud infrastructures
  • Network with peers and discuss about latest cloud technology updates and features

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and you can check the conference page for full details about registration.

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:

  • EGI Technichal Forum, Keynote and OpenNebula booth, Madrid, Spain. 16-20 September
  • An interesting series of tutorials on interoperability by OpenNebula, CloudStack, OpenStack will be carried out at the Cloud Interoperability Week, at Santa Clara, USA, 16-18 September, and Madrid, Spain, 18-20 September
  • ISC Cloud’13, Hands on Tutorial, “Building your Cloud for HPC, here and now, in 3 hours!”, and an invited talk, “Cloud Architectures for HPC – Case Studies”, Heidelberg, Germany 23-24 September

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 2013

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

Technology

A new version of your favourite Cloud Management Platform has been released, with version number 4.2, and codename Flame. This OpenNebula release includes a more polished Sunstone interface, with important usability enhancements. It also includes a new view for cloud users, designed to offer a minimal portal for virtual resource consumption. Datastore capacity is now monitored and used to limit the amount of storage size used by images, this being the first step to control the runtime storage used by the VMs.

The VMware backend has been completely redesigned with a more comprehensive storage scheme, more functionality and less dependencies. Also we have upgraded the Xen backend to support the new interfaces introduced in Xen 4.0. These will enable the use of new Xen features like VHD images and a more tight HVM integration. And last but not least, OneFlow, the multi-tier application (a.k.a. service) manager, it is included and fully integrated in the distribution. It includes also important new features related to service management and elasticity/auto-scaling. You can find more information on the release notes.

Moreover, be sure to check out our screencasts, showing cool new features sported by Flame.

Finishing touches are being applied to the testing process, which is being revised as well, with a strong focus in extending it to cover the new functionality developed in OpenNebula, including integration with third party components. This ensures the stability of this OpenNebula release, as well as future ones.

Community

The community has been as active and vibrant as ever. We would like to give a warm welcome in our ecosystem to the OPTIMIS toolkit, which is fundamentally a cloud-enabling technology that ultimately allows users to schedule and automate the delivery of workloads to the most suitable venues (internal or external) based on policies such as trust, risk, eco-efficiency and cost.

A really special cloud was set up by folks at Citrix and Linaro, based on ARM processors virtualizing using Xen. This is probably the tiniest cloud ever! Check out the awesome demonstration carried out by Stefano and Julien.
Folks at inovex are prepping a Rex.io plugin for OpenNebula, enabling access your OpenNebula Cloud from within Rex.IO. We would like to thank them, so far the development looks very promising.

Also worth mentioning that now, thanks to our community, we have a perl binding for OpenNebula’s native xmlrpc interface. Big thanks, Jan Gehring!

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.

The first OpenNebula Conference will deliver its educational content through 6 keynotes, 2 tracks with 18 regular talks, 1 hands-on tutorial and 3 community sessions (see this page for more details).

  • Keynotes speakers include Daniel Concepción from Produban – Bank Santander Group, Zhihong Zhang from China Mobile, Steven Timm from FermiLab, André von Deetzen from Deutsche Post E-Post, Jordi Farrés from European Space Agency, Karanbir Singh from CentOS Project, and Ignacio M. Llorente and Rubén S. Montero from the OpenNebula Project.
  • The talks are organized in three tracks about user experiences and case studies, integration with other cloud tools, and interoperability and HPC clouds and include speakers from leading organizations like CloudWeavers, Terradue, Akamai, NetWays, INRIA, BBC, inovex, AGS Group, Hedera, NetOpenServices, KTH, CESNET or CESCA.
  • The Hands-on Tutorial will show how to build, configure and operate your own OpenNebula cloud.
  • The lightning talks, hacking and open space sessions will provide an opportunity to present lightning talks, discuss burning ideas, and meet face to face to discuss development.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and you can check the conference page for full details about registration.

Check out this nice presentation about OpenNebula for the private cloud given by Valentin Bud in the Cloud Computing Event #1, at Timisoara, Romania, this past 7th of July.

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

  • Ceph Community Day in NY, “OpenNebula & Ceph”, NYC, US, 1st August
  • ISC Cloud’13, Hands on Tutorial, “Building your Cloud for HPC, here and now, in 3 hours!”, and an invited talk, “Cloud Architectures for HPC – Case Studies”, Heidelberg, Germany 23-24 September.
  • EGI Technichal Forum, Keynote and OpenNebula booth, Madrid, Spain. 16-20 September
  • An interesting series of tutorials on interoperability by OpenNebula, CloudStack, OpenStack will be carried out at the Cloud Interoperability Week, at Santa Clara, USA, 16-18 September, and Madrid, Spain, 18-20 September.

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 2013

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

Technology

A new version of OpenNebula series 3 has been released, with version number 3.8.4. This version serves as a Service Pack, which allows users to maintain their current OpenNebula version as long as possible, preserving the stability and security of their data centers, as they transition from one OpenNebula Series to the next.

The OpenNebula team is working full steam for the upcoming 4.2 release (expect the beta version in two weeks). 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. 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.

Another big effort is being carried out in OpenNebulaApps, in order to stabilize them and incorporate it into the main OpenNebula distribution. Special attention is being paid to the AppFlow component, with amazing features for service management, like for instance automatic elasticity.

The testing process is being revised as well, with a strong focus in extending it to cover the new functionality developed in OpenNebula, including integration with third party components. This is not a pretty job, but we think it is of utmost importance.

Community

Throughout the history of the OpenNebula project, the community has a great record of helping a great deal in the developments. Last month was no exception, thanks to the CentOS and OpenNebula installation testing and documentation day, where OpenNebula users helped in the irc in matters related to CentOS packaging.

Folks at OPTIMIS (Optimized Infrastructure Services) have contributed their toolkit to the ecosystem. OPTIMIS is an open source cloud computing research project that has recently published the final release of its toolkit (v3.0), which is now available in the OpenNebula Ecosystem. The OPTIMIS toolkit is fundamentally a cloud-enabling technology that ultimately allows users to schedule and automate the delivery of workloads to the most suitable venues (internal or external) based on policies such as trust, risk, eco-efficiency and cost.

A very dear (to us, at least ;) ) contribution has been made by Alberto Zuin, in the form of a nice post comparing the simplicity of OpenNebula with that of the russian Soyuz. We completely agree with Alberto, it is important to stay in focus to deliver a quality product. Way to go!

The community is also a great resource to find out which direction our roadmap should take. We launched a survey to collect feedback from our community regarding what is their preferred interface for cloud consumers and how we should invest our resources in cloud API enhancement and development. The survey was open for two days receiving feedback from almost 200 OpenNebula clouds. Guided by these results, our plans for the near future are to enhance and extend our implementation of the AWS API and to offer OCCI compatibility through the rOCCI component.

We warmly welcome the Greater Denver OpenNebula Users Group! It is great to know that there are OpenNebula users out there gathering to talk about squeezing OpenNebula to get the most out of their infrastructures.

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.

The first OpenNebula Conference will deliver its educational content through 6 keynotes, 2 tracks with 18 regular talks, 1 hands-on tutorial and 3 community sessions (see this page for more details).

  • Keynotes speakers include Daniel Concepción from Produban – Bank Santander Group, Zhihong Zhang from China Mobile,  Steven Timm from FermiLab, André von Deetzen from Deutsche Post E-Post, Jordi Farrés from European Space Agency,  Karanbir Singh from CentOS Project, and Ignacio M. Llorente and Rubén S. Montero from the OpenNebula Project.

  • The talks are organized in three tracks about user experiences and case studies,  integration with other cloud tools, and interoperability and HPC clouds and include speakers from leading organizations like CloudWeavers, Terradue, Akamai, NetWays, INRIA, BBC, inovex, AGS Group, Hedera, NetOpenServices, KTH, CESNET or CESCA.

  • The Hands-on Tutorial will show how to build, configure and operate your own OpenNebula cloud.

  • The lightning talks, hacking and open space sessions will provide an opportunity to present lightning talks, discuss burning ideas, and meet face to face to discuss development.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and you can check the conference page for  full details about registration.

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 – 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.