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.

OpenNebula Newsletter – September 2012

The summer is passing by, and the OpenNebula team is working full speed on the next major release, OpenNebula 3.8. 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 3.8. We expect a Release Candidate to be available in mid-September, followed by the final release towards the end of the month.

This release will focus on improvements on the public cloud interfaces, with new functionality being exposed through OCCI and Amazon EC2, like for instance hotplugging available in the former, and EBS volumes in the latter. VMware support will also get a forward push, with VMFS datastore support, possible even through iSCSI.

Community

During this last month, a new version (v0.5) of rOCCI was released. This Ruby OCCI Server is compatible with an OpenNebula backend, given a version of OpenNebula major or equal to 3.2. Also, a new great and very useful tutorial by cloud.b.lab on Creating a Windows XP VM using OpenNebula 3.6.0 in Ubuntu 12.04 with iSCSI datastore has been released.

We are pleased to see how our list of featured users keeps growing: Payoda, Cerit-CS, BAIDU, RJMetrics, RUR, MIMOS … Welcome on board!

Outreach

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

  • FrOSCon, Bonn, Germany, August 25-26, 2012.
  • CloudOpen 2012, Linux Foundation, San Diego, USA, August 29-31, 2012.

During this month, members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in the following event:

  • BeLUG, Berlin Linux User Group, Berlin, Germany, September 26th, 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.

OpenNebula Newsletter – August 2012

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

Technology

This month biggest milestone was the release of the latest stable version of OpenNebula 3.6 Lagoon. This release is focused on stabilizing the features introduced in OpenNebula 3.4, improving the performance of some existing features, and adding new features for virtualization management and integration with the new OpenNebula Marketplace. This release was received with substantial coverage by the specialized press, like GigaOM, HPCintheCloud and the Linux Foundation.

Also, the Pro version of OpenNebula 3.6 was released shortly after by C12G Labs, certified by the testing processes which delivered several bugfixes that were patched over the community version. OpenNebulaPro is provided under open-source license to customers and partners on an annual subscription basis through the OpenNebula.pro Support Portal. The subscription model brings several additional benefits in terms of long term multi-year support, integration and production support with professional SLAs, regular maintenance releases, product influence, and privacy and security guarantee, and all at a competitive cost without high upfront fees.

Additionally, a set of packages were developed to aid in the contextualization of guest images by OpenNebula, smoothing the process of preparing images to be used in an OpenNebula cloud. Installing these packages on a guest linux instance (there are packages for the main linux distros) will ensure that the guest are prepared to use the information passed through the OpenNebula contextualization mechanism.

The OpenNebula Marketplace is growing at a good pace, with newly added images like the Virtual Router which can automatically configure a wide variety of networking services. Moreover, a screencast was made available showing how easy is to import an appliance from the Marketplace to your local infrastructure using Sunstone.

And last, but not least, a set of administration scripts for OpenNebula, based on the command line interface, was published to aid cloud admins in common, daily tasks.

Community

A very busy month in the OpenNebula community, with the highlight of China Mobile’s post describing their Big Cloud cloud computing software stack, and how and why they chose OpenNebula as their core component to distributedly manage VMs. We are thrilled about our upcoming collaboration with China Mobile to accommodate their requirements, having them declared their willingness to contribute back in order to improve OpenNebula.

Another good piece of community contribution was performed by Shankhadeep Shome in his blog post about an OpenNebula numa-aware VM balancer using cgroup scheduling. This work comes from his experience implementing a virtual Hadoop cluster using OpenNebula, which is exactly the sort of feedback we love to hear about.

A great contribution was added by AGH University of Science and Technology, with a new set of drivers for OpenVZ, one of the providers of the container-based virtualization for Linux. This broadens the already wide selection of hypervisors supported by OpenNebula ecosystem components.

And we also have a new ecosystem component! The Contrail Virtual Execution Platform. Moreover, cloud.b.labs continues with his series of rather good tutorials, this one explaining how to create windows server 2008 VMs in clustered node machines.

Outreach

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

During this summer, members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in several Cloud events:

  • CloudOpen 2012, Linux Foundation, San Diego, USA, August 29-31, 2012
  • FrOSCon 7, Bonn, Germany, August 25-26, 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.

OpenNebula Newsletter – July 2012

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

Technology

It’s been a very exciting (and busy) month for the OpenNebula team with the release of the OpenNebula 3.6 beta, and several related goodies. OpenNebula 3.6 features a new hotplug mechanism for disk volumes that supports attaching either volatile volumes or existing images to a running VM. We have also re-written the Quota and Accounting tools from scratch. Quota and Accounting are now included in the OpenNebula core, which enhances their integration with the existing authorization and authentication mechanisms and other related tools (e.g. Sunstone).

OpenNebula 3.6 also features improvements in other systems, especially in Sunstone’s interface with the redesign of several tabs. Make sure you check out all the screenshots we published recently on our blog. If you want to try it out, just head over to the OpenNebula Demo Cloud, which we recently updated to OpenNebula 3.6 Beta.

Stay tuned for the stable release of OpenNebula 3.6: it is scheduled for July 9th.

We also announced a first public beta 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.

In this first beta, users could only download existing appliances from the public catalog and access specific information of the appliance configuration. A few days ago, we released a new version that allows users can easily post and share their own appliances. OpenNebula 3.6 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.

Finally, after releasing a Sandbox Appliance for VMware, we recently did the same with KVM. We also published some interesting articles on OpenNebula for large scale deployments and why OpenNebula is the solution for private cloud computing.

Community

Earlier this month, we heard how FutureGrid, a testbed providing users with grid, cloud, and high performance computing infrastructures, uses OpenNebula for image management in Cloud/HPC environments.

Three current European Union projects, SCI-BUS, SHIWA and EDGI, have organized a Summer School revolving around Cloud and Grid computing. A whole day is devoted to cloud computing where students are trained on how to build and use cloud systems. For this day, the organizers selected OpenNebula because of its widespread use in European projects.

We have a new contribution to the OpenNebula ecosystem: one-ovz-driver, a driver that adds support for OpenVZ as a hypervisor in OpenNebula. Thanks to Dariusz Chrząścik, Marta Ryłko, Radosław Morytko, and Marcin Jarząb at Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza for this contribution!

Our list of featured users keeps growing, and we recently added several new users, such as Dell, Liberologico, Impetus, OnGrid

Finally, 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 recently started using Transifex to help us manage these translations, and we have launched a call for translations. The existing translations can be updated and new translations submitted through our project site at Transifex. The process is very simple: just create a Transifex account (or login with using your Twitter, LinkedIn, Google or Facebook account) and you’ll be able to translate individual strings from English to your native language.

Outreach

This summer, members of the OpenNebula team will be participating in several Cloud events:

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

This last month, we participated in several cloud events, including Clouds for Europe: From Cloud-friendly to Cloud-Active, and Matchmaking in the Cloud. Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page. We have also have a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.

OpenNebula Newsletter – June 2012

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

Technology

Shortly after the release of OpenNebula 3.4, C12G Labs announced the release of OpenNebulaPro 3.4. OpenNebulaPro is provided under open-source license to customers and partners on an annual subscription basis through the OpenNebula.pro Support Portal. The subscription model brings several additional benefits in terms of long term multi-year support, integration and production support with professional SLAs, regular maintenance releases, product influence, and privacy and security guarantee, and all at a competitive cost without high upfront fees.

Speaking of OpenNebula 3.4, we also published a screencast showing you how to bootstrap this new version, and how to create a VM from scratch.

We also published a blog post explaining why it makes sense to use OpenNebula on your existing VMWare infrastructure. C12G Labs also released an OpenNebula Sandbox for VMware to quickly deploy an OpenNebula cloud for testing, development or integration. These Cloud Sanboxes will be useful when setting up pilot clouds to quickly test a new feature without having to install and configure an OpenNebula front-end. It is therefore intended for testers, early adopters, developers and also integrators.

Community

We are really excited to announce that Giovanni Toraldo, an active member of the OpenNebula community, has just published a book on OpenNebula. The book has been published by Packt Publishing and it provides a practical step-by-step guide for newcomers. You can purchase the book, in both eBook and print format, on the book’s website.

OpenNebula’s openSUSE maintainer, Robert Schweikert, finished upgrading the packages to the latest OpenNebula 3.4.1 version. He has also contributed some KIWI examples and the openSUSE install guide has been updated to reflect the latest changes.

Outreach

Ignacio M. Llorente, Director of OpenNebula, gave an invited talk at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division – NASA Ames on the 24th of May about cloud computing architecture with OpenNebula, with special focus on cloud deployments for High Performance Computing environments. Follow the link for the slides from the presentation, and thanks to everyone at NASA who gave us such great feedback!

OpenNebula also participated the the LinuxTag conference, which took place from the 23rd to the 26th of May in Berlin, Germany. LinuxTag is one of the leading open source conferences in Europe and we had the chance to introduce OpenNebula to the public, explaining most of its features for cloud providers, integrators, and cloud consumers.

While at LinuxTag, we also had a chance to introduce OpenNebula at RootCamp Berlin. RootCamp Berlin is a bar-camp in which several participants meet and agree to hold presentations on several topics of their choice. This was the first edition of the RootCamp, and it ran under the wing of the LinuxTag 2012.

C12G Labs has recently started a series of Webinars focused on different aspects and possible deployments achieved by OpenNebula. Most of these Webinars are by invitation only, but C12G will also offer Webinars open to the general public, the first one will be taking place on June 7th.

Members of the OpenNebula project will be participating in Matchmaking in the Cloud on June 7 and 8, 2012, in Paris.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page. We have also have a Slideshare account where you can see the slides from some of our recent presentations.