OpenNebula Newsletter – December 2013

Christmas is just around the corner, and we wanted to wish you happy holidays, as well as let you know about the main news from the last month regarding the OpenNebula project, including what you can expect in the coming months.

This last month was OpenNebula’s 6th anniversary. It’s good to know that after the long way, your favourite cloud platform has evolved and turn into a mature and proven solution.

Technology

After two beta versions and one release candidate, where OpenNebula underwent all the tests defined in the release process, OpenNebula 4.4 Retina was released.

A significant number of cool new features were included in the end in OpenNebula 4.4. Retina. Probably the feature with the biggest impact on OpenNebula scalability is the new monitoring driver, which changes the traditional polling mechanism for a pushing one. This enables OpenNebula to monitor 25,000 VMs every two minutes! Check out more details here.

Another area that underwent significant improvements in the cloud bursting model, which in OpenNebula is tied to transparency to both end users and cloud administrators to use and maintain the cloud bursting functionality. Cloud bursting drivers have been vastly improved, the underlying technology being shifted from using Amazon API Toos to the new AWS SDK for Ruby. Functionality is also richer i, with support to define EBS optimized VMs, to define VM tagging, etc. Read more here.

The EC2 interface offered by OpenNebula to deploy public clouds has also been enhanced in OpenNebula 4.4 Retina. For instance, instance types are based on OpenNebula templates instead of files, EBS support has been extended, etc. More details in the blog.

Probably one of the most interesting feature for cloud administrators present in OpenNebula Retina is the ability to use multiple system datastores with storage load balancing. This allows to add a second backend to start deploying new VMs when the system datastore is running out of space. Details in this post.

And last, but not least, the multiple groups functionality is also present in OpenNebula 4.4 Retina, with the introduction of secondary groups. These work in similar way to unix groups: users have a primary group and optionally several secondary groups.

The team is now working to define the roadmap for OpenNebula 4.6. Stay tuned for new features!

Community

An interesting post was contributed by Gareth Bult, and it is a compulsory read for anyone interested in running OpenNebula over SSD disks. An interesting alternative was suggested, to “cache your storage on a local SSD, but hold your working copy on a remote server, or indeed servers.”

An amazing contribution by Deutsch Post in the form of an opennebula puppet module was published also last month in Github. This module allows to install and manage your OpenNebula cloud using the puppet platform.

We want to highlight the excellent contribution made by Terradue, in the form of an OpenNebula add-on. The jclouds4one driver implements new capacities for hybrid Cloud Computing, expanding OpenNebula’s support for Cloud Bursting, with the ability to work with a variety of up to 30 cloud providers & cloud software stacks, including Amazon, Azure, GoGrid, Ninefold, OpenStack, Rackspace, and vCloud. More information on this post created in our blog by the Terradue folks.

Moreover, the documentation system has been changed from DokuWiki to Sphinx, and it is now backed in Github. This allows to improve readability, create better PDF guides, and improve collaboration (via fork & pull request). We know that the documentation is as important as the code, so we want the community to be involved, guaranteeing its high quality.

Outreach

Awesome speakers render awesome talks, like the ones held at the OpenNebulaConf 2013 last September in Berlin. If you want to remember the great ambience of the conference, or if you haven’t got a chance to attend, here is your opportunity to (re)visit the knowledge shared in the conference in the form of recordings of the keynotes and talks. Also, you can check out the presentations of the speakers if you want to consult a particular detail that you do not quite remember. And, to make the experience even more immersive, scout through the conference pictures.

Last month C12G hosted the CentOS Dojo in its HQ in Madrid. It started with a OpenNebula tutorial given the previous day, and it displayed an array of very interesting talks, covering technical aspects related to OpenNebula and CentOS. Thanks a lot to the attendees to help render such a productive event!

Next year’s OpenNebula Conference will be held in Berlin as well, 2-4 of December, 2014. If you want to repeat or find out how it is for yourself, save the date!

This last month, a series of public training courses on OpenNebula Fundamentals, aimed to cloud administrators and operators, was given by members of the OpenNebula Team in the C12G headquarters in Madrid. The courses covered the process of installing, configuring and operating private, public and hybrid clouds using OpenNebula. Additionally the programs briefly addressed the integration of OpenNebula with other components in the data center. If you are interested in future public training courses, please check the C12G training web page.

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 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 4.4 is in the oven, and the fumes of the beta can be already seen in the approaching horizon. A myriad of new features, bug fixes and general improvements are underway!

In the realm of cool features, we would like to highlight support for multiple system datastores, improved Open vSwitch integration, better xmlrpc concurrency, support for IP reservations and many other nice improvements. Monitorization is also being severely revisited, with an agent based approach that will turn the monitoring philosophy in OpenNebula from pulling to pushing (yay!).

Moreover, driver enhancements are also underway like for instance, improved EC2 support. Expect lots of new enhancements to the unique OpenNebula hybrid cloud model: switching to Ruby SDK instead of Java API tools, more robust and effective monitoring, etc. Also, support of EC2 API in OpenNebula to build public clouds will be greatly improved: snapshotting, tags and improved describes.

One of the most useful (and most difficult to implement, at the same time) features would be multiple group functionality, with an approach mimicking that of unix groups. Please check this blog post to get a peek on the upcoming feature.

Check the development portal for the full set of features and bugs to be dealt with for OpenNebula 4.4.

Also, to guarantee our commitment for previous versions support, a new version of the OpenNebula 3.8 series (Service Pack 2, 3.8.5) has been released, bringing even more stability to the 3 series.

Community

In an effort to achieve even more transparency and openness in the project, the OpenNebula Team has evaluated the feedback received in the OpenNebulaConf 2013 and rolled out a New Code Contribution Process. The Contribute Code page has been updated to describe the general processes of code contributions to OpenNebula:

  • How to report a bug
  • How to make a feature request
  • How to contribute bug and feature patches
  • How to contribute new functional components

Framed in this campaign, the OpenNebula add-ons were born as well this last month. Not being mature enough to be included in OpenNebula, these new add-ons would have required support for their enhancement and coordinated development to avoid redundant work. This initiative has been well received by the community, we are glad you liked it, we are looking forward for your contributions. So far we have the following add-ons contributed:

  • iSCSI: Datastore driver for iSCSI
  • AppMarket: Build a marketplace to share appliances between OpenNebula instances
  • Ganglia:Information Manager drivers for Ganglia
  • KVM SR-IOV Driver: Networking drivers to support SR-IOV devices, including Infiniband, in KVM virtual machines

Outreach

Awesome speakers render awesome talks, like the ones held at the OpenNebulaConf 2013 last month in Berlin. If you want to remember the great ambience of the conference, or if you haven’t got a chance to attend, here is your opportunity to (re)visit the knowledge shared in the conference in the form of recordings of the keynotes and talks. Also, you can check out the presentations of the speakers if you want to consult a particular detail that you do not quite remember. And, to make the experience even more immersive, scout through the conference pictures.

Next year’s OpenNebula Conference will be held in Berlin as well, 2-4 of December, 2014. If you want to repeat or find out how it is for yourself, save the date!

This past month a number of events were participated by OpenNebula project members or OpenNebula power users:

A very interesting event to be held this month is the C12G organized CentOS dojo. This November 8th, in Madrid, Spain, a very good array of speakers (including CentOS director and OpenNebula developers) will shed light on OpenNebula, clouds and CentOS, at the C12G Labs HQs, following an OpenNebula tutorial given the previous November 7th.

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 2013

Belated due to the OpenNebulaConf, 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 readying the next release, OpenNebula 4.4. We can advance cool features like support for multiple system datastores, 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.

One of the most useful (and most difficult to implement, at the same time) feature would be multiple group functionality, with an approach mimicking that of unix groups. Please check this blog post to get a peek on the upcoming feature. Moreover, driver enhancements are also underway like for instance, improved hybrid support for EC2. Expect lots of new enhancements to the unique OpenNebula hybrid cloud model: higher performance, more robust and effective monitoring, etc. Also, the implementation of the EC2 API in OpenNebula to build public clouds will be greatly improved: snapshotting, tags and improved describes. Ceph drivers will also be revisited to fix bugs.

Many of our users asked how to configure OpenNebula for High Availability of the front-end. We’ve created a step by step guide on how to achieve this configuration for production environments.

Community

OpenNebula wouldn’t be the same without the feedback from its amazing community. The development portal is always buzzing with new bug reports and patches from open bug tickets.

Help with package maintenance is always more than welcome. For instance, Shawn Starr’s contribution announced in twitter is a great contribution to the project, since its fosters the distribution of OpenNebula by giving better support in the Fedora distribution. In the same line, we are extremely grateful to Robert Schweikert for his excellent maintenance of the openSUSE OpenNebula package.

It’s always nice to learn that also other open source friendly projects like CentOS. This month we learned that CentOS distro test infrastructure is powered by OpenNebula 4. Yay, way to go, CentOS!

Awesome users lead to awesome contributions. We’d love to hear about stretching OpenNebula functionality to limits beyond its original design (ie, things we never thought about). Check out Carlo Daffara running Android under KVM using OpenNebula (with ARM emulation and OpenGL). Another even more important contribution by Carlo has been summarised by him in this blog post, on how to provision virtual desktops using OpenNebula.

We also want to give a warm welcome to two new technology partners, Terradue and Viapps, which enrich the OpenNebula family integrating with it and providing new, enriched functionality.

Outreach

Last month we held the first OpenNebula Conference, based in Berlin between the 24 and 26 of september. The conferenced served 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.

We are very proud of the conference, where the speakers were of very high quality and with spot-on topics, and the hallway track was marked with very interesting OpenNebula use cases. And it is not only us saying so! Check these GigaOM and Euro Nova posts.

You can check out the slides used for the tutorial given the day before the actual conference kick off. Recordings of the conference talks, as well as PDFs, are being readied as this is being written and will be available during this week, so stay tuned to the OpenNebulaConf web page!

Next year’s conference will be held in Berlin as well, 2-4 of December, 2014. If you want to repeat or find out how it is for yourself, save the date!

Moreover, we love (and blush from) the attention OpenNebula gets by the European Commission: “OpenNebula has played an important role in driving and supporting the transition to cloud computing and thus accelerating the pace of innovation in Europe”

This past month a number of events were participated by OpenNebula project members or OpenNebula power users:

A very interesting event to held in the following following month is the C12G organised CentOS dojo. Next month, November 8, in Madrid, Spain, a very good array of speakers (including CentOS director and OpenNebula developers) will shed light on OpenNebula, clouds and CentOS, at the C12G Labs HQs.

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 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.