OpenNebula Newsletter – December 2011

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

Technology

We announced a new rapid release development cycle that will allow us to more quickly deliver new features and innovations to the community as well as incorporate requirements of our users and feedback from the community. Shortly afterwards, we announced the first pre-release of OpenNebula 3.2, with OpenNebula 3.2 Final scheduled for December 20th (the blue-prints for this release can be found at the development portal).

A few days ago, we celebrated OpenNebula’s fourth birthday! We took a look back at how the project has grown in the last four years.

C12G Labs released OpenNebula 3.0 Pro, and a new version of the VMWare addon. In fact, the VMWare addon, with extended features developed by C12G Labs, will now be included with OpenNebula, starting with version 3.2.

Community

openSUSE 12.1 was recently released, with OpenNebula included in their Virtualization and Cloud repository.

OW2 announced its first CompatibleOne Cloud Broker Demonstration, enabling the deployment of applications across different OpenNebula and OpenStack cloud computing heterogeneous infrastructures.

Ken Barber (from Puppet Labs) gave a talk on Puppet and OpenNebula at the London Puppet Users Meetup. You can see a video of his talk here.

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan’s largest public research organization, was added to our list of featured users.

Finally, we were glad to see that most of the cloud providers in EGI (European Grid Infrastructure) are using OpenNebula.

Outreach

We have the following upcoming events:

  • OpenNebula will participate in the Open Source Virtualization and Cloud devroom at FOSDEM 2012 (Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting), Brussels, Belgium, February 4-5, 2012.
  • A workshop on basic and advanced use of OpenNebula will take place in the Open Source Datacenter Conference (OSDC) in Nuremberg, Germany, April 24-26, 2012

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page.

OpenNebula Newsletter – November 2011

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

Technology

After the release of OpenNebula 3.0, we’ve continued to highlight some of its features. In particular, many features are the result of feedback from the High Performance Computing community. In the blog post Building a Cloud for High Performance Computing we highlighted many of the requirements from this community, and how OpenNebula meets those requirements.

This month we also released development versions of two new extensions for OpenNebula: Microsoft Hyper-V drivers and Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) drivers, as a result of our collaboration with Microsoft and with the Xen project, respectively.

C12G Labs also released a new version of its OpenNebula Addons, including the LDAP Authentication Module, the Accounting Toolset, and the VMware Driver. All of these have been updated for OpenNebula 3.0.

Community

CERN continues to succesfully use OpenNebula in production in several departments. A recent presentation from their IT Department provides a summary of their experiences with OpenNebula within lxcloud for batch virtualization and public cloud services. They recently contributed a blog post describing their experiences in building a private cloud in the Engineering Department at CERN.

This last month, more organizations were added to our list of featured users or announced updates in their OpenNebula offerings, including leading research centers like DESY (Germany’s larger accelerator center), and companies like ZeroNines, ClassCat and IPPON Technologies.

André Monteiro, from the Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro, contributed a detailed guide on how to use Windows VMs with OpenNebula.

We were excited to hear that the UK’s Cabinet Office lists OpenNebula as an open-source alternative to proprietary solutions for cloud computing. The Canadian Cloud Best Practices Council has also been exploring OpenNebula, and is preparing a white paper on how the OpenNebula can be used for Government Cloud Computing.

Apache Libcloud 0.6.1 was released with support for OpenNebula API v3.0, thanks to Hutson Betts.

Finally, a big thanks to all the community members who continue to develop software around OpenNebula or give OpenNebula presentations around the world. This month, we’d like to thanks Ken Barber from Puppetlabs for developing an OpenNebula Puppet module, Ethan Waldo for giving a talk on Deploying Rails to your own private cloud with OpenNebula and Cobbler at an Austin on Rails meeting, and Łukasz Oleś for developing Python bindings for the XMLRPC OpenNebula Cloud API.

Outreach

We have the following upcoming events:

  • Keynote at the OW2 Annual Conference, Paris, France, November 23-24th, 2011
  • OpenNebula will participate in the Open Source Virtualization and Cloud devroom at FOSDEM 2012 (Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting), Brussels, Belgium, February 4-5, 2012.

Last month we participated in various outreach events, but we wanted to point one out in particular: we gave a talk titled Presentation of Group Efforts in OpenNebula Interoperability and Portability at the 5th International DMTF Workshop on Systems and Virtualization Management: Standards and the Cloud describing our work on interoperability and standards, such as OGF OCCI, SNIA CDMI y DMTF OVF.

Remember that you can see slides and resources from all past events in our Outreach page.

OpenNebula Newsletter – October 2011

This last month has been a busy one, thanks to the release of OpenNebula 3.0. Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from the last month, including what you can expect in the coming month.

Technology

Of course, the big news is that we released OpenNebula 3.0! If you haven’t done so yet, check out the release notes and download it now.

One of the new features in OpenNebula 3.0 is an improved Sunstone Web UI. To get a better idea of how it works, check out this screencast. Remember we also have a free cloud testbed you can try out yourself (including Sunstone); in fact, we recently updated the cloud testbed to 3.0.

You can also read our blog post “Building a Cloud for Mission-Critical Applications“, which summarizes how the new features in OpenNebula 3.0 can be used to support mission-critical use cases.

We also announced an exciting new collaboration: we are working with Microsoft to add Hyper-V Support to OpenNebula

Finally, we are already working on OpenNebula 3.2. Check out the current planned features for 3.2. If you’d like to suggest new features, or discuss some of the proposed ones, please send a message to the OpenNebula discussion mailing list.

Community

Lots of stuff happening in the OpenNebula community too! We revamped the OpenNebula community wiki, which now has its own site: http://wiki.opennebula.org/. Any OpenNebula community member can use this wiki to share howtos or provide links to guides, white papers, or use cases.

In collaboration with several other groups and industry partners, we helped establish the OpenNebula interoperability group

C12G Labs released a new guide on integrating SUSE Studio with OpenNebula. This guide addresses how to create or adapt any SUSE Studio appliance by simply adding a 20-line script to the appliance, which will integrate the appliance’s network with OpenNebula and will handle the contextualization process.

On a related note, there is now an OpenNebula 3.0 appliance available in SUSE Studio

We have two new ecosystem components: Hector Sanjuan, Pablo Donaire, David Rodriguez contributed OneVBox, a VirtualBox driver for OpenNebula, and the Cloud Research Lab at Furtwangen University contributed StudiCloud, a backend-proxy for Shibboleth Single-Sign-On authentication in OpenNebula. Moreover, Nikolay created a wiki page about how to integrate OpenNebula with OpenVZ.

Finally, we were happy to find out that SARA’s OpenNebula HPC Cloud is now in production, and we learned a bit more about how OpenNebula is used at CERN and FermiLab.

Outreach

We have the following upcoming events:

Remember that you can see slides and resources from past events in our Outreach page.

OpenNebula Newsletter – September 2011

As the summer draws to an end, the OpenNebula team is gearing up for its next major release. Here’s our monthly newsletter with the main news from August, and what you can expect in the coming month.

Technology

The OpenNebula team has been hard at work on OpenNebula 3.0. We expect a Release Candidate to be available in mid-September, followed by the final release towards the end of the month.

One of the main new features in OpenNebula 3.0 will be OpenNebula Zones. In case you missed it, check out our blog post Federating Multiple Cloud Instances with OpenNebula Zones (a follow up to Virtual Data Centers with OpenNebula zones), which describes how OpenNebula Zones can be used to federate multiple OpenNebula sites, even geographically distributed ones.

C12G also contributed a howto explaining how to set up OpenNebula for High Availability using a MySQL Cluster.

New Mailing List

We have added a new mailing list: discuss@lists.opennebula.org. This new list is for all OpenNebula community members to discuss issues about the project itself:

  • Collaboration with other open-source projects and communities
  • Collaboration with research projects in cloud computing innovation
  • Outreach events and tutorials
  • Institutional involvement and opportunities for sponsoring
  • Exchange news, updates and opinions

You can find subscription instructions at the mailing list’s page.

Remember that the OpenNebula project has three other mailing lists:

  • Users. Use this mailing list when you need technical support regarding OpenNebula. If you want to ask about the project itself, planned features, its current direction, etc., you may want to use the “discuss” mailing list instead. And don’t forget that bugs and feature requests should be reported through our development portal.
  • Announce. This is a low-traffic mailing list for announcements only.
  • Ecosystem. This mailing list is for discussion and technical support of ecosystem components only.

Community

Cloud Plugfest #3 will take place September 18-22, 2011 simultaneously in Düsseldorf and Santa Clara, CA. Florian Feldhaus’s team will attend at the Düsseldorf location and will implement, test and demonstrate their OCCI server in combination with OpenNebula 3.0. There will also be a very early implementation of CDMI for OpenNebula.

OpenNebula is algo being used in the Contrail project, and is being packaged for inclusion in Fedora (thanks to Shawn Starr for leading this packaging effort within Fedora!)

Outreach

The next OpenNebula IRC sessions will take place on Tuesday, 13 September 2011, 15:00 UTC. In these sessions, the OpenNebula developers will be available for questions in the #opennebula IRC channel on irc.freenode.net. The developers will answer questions about the new features or development and configuration issues that cannot be found in the mailing list archive.

This month, the OpenNebula team will be participating in several events:

If you’d like to meet with us at any of these events, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

This last month, Ignacio M Llorente (OpenNebula project lead) gave a keynote on August 31st about OpenNebula and Challenges in Federated and Hybrid Clouds at ParCo 2011.

OpenNebula Newsletter – August 2011

Here is our newsletter for August 2011, summarizing news from the previous month that you may have missed on our blog and Twitter feed.

Technology

The OpenNebula team released the first beta of OpenNebula 3.0. This third major release brings many new features, such as multi-tenancy, support for Open vSwitch and VLAN tagging (IEEE 802.1Q), an enhanced SunStone portal with usage graphics and cloudwatch-like functionality, and many improvements in VM template management, monitoring and account. Another exciting feature in OpenNebula 3.0 is the support for Virtual Data Centers using OpenNebula zones. OpenNebula zones also offer centralized management of multiple instances of OpenNebula, potentially hosted in different geographical locations.

We also announced the release of new VMWare drivers that are compatible with the new 3.0 release.

Community

Carsten Friedrich wrote a blog post on how to extend OpenNebula’s LDAP authentication module.

The CFEngine project has provided documentation on how to use CFEngine to deploy an OpenNebula private cloud in an automated fashion.

Outreach

Ken Barber, from Puppet Labs, gave a talk in Manchester titled “Controlling your Cloud: Puppetising OpenNebula“.

Florian Feldhaus’s work on OCCI v1.1 support for OpenNebula was presented at the 2011 SNIA Cloud Plugfest

We have a few more outreach events planned for September. If you’ll be at any of these events and would like to meet with a member of the OpenNebula team, don’t hesitate to let us know!

OpenNebula Newsletter – July 2011

Here is our newsletter for July 2011, summarizing news from the previous month that you may have missed on our blog and Twitter feed.

Technology

We released OpenNebula 2.2.1, a maintenance release intended to fix a security issue found in the cloud servers (OCCI and econe).

Community

Rodrigue Chakode contributed a new ecosystem component, SVMSched, a tool designed to enable on-demand SaaS clouds on virtual infrastructures managed with OpenNebula.

The OpenNebula project joined the Open Virtualization Alliance, a consortium committed to fostering the adoption of open virtualization technologies including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM).

The openSUSE wiki includes a detailed guide on how to create a private cloud with openSUSE and OpenNebula

The StratusLab project released StratusLab 1.0, which included OpenNebula 2.2

Outreach

At the workshop Towards a Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe: Matching Supply and Demand (part of the 1st Digital Agenda Assembly), Ignacio M. Llorente gave a presentation highlighting OpenNebula as a European success story in cloud computing research and innovation.

We held our second OpenNebula IRC session. The log is available here.

Finally, don’t forget member of the OpenNebula team will be participating in a variety of upcoming events.

About July 2011

The OpenNebula team continues to work hard on releasing a first beta of the new OpenNebula 3.0. Stay tuned!

OpenNebula Newsletter – June 2011

Starting this month, we will be publishing a monthly newsletter on our blog providing a recap of the previous month’s OpenNebula news, and giving an advance of what to expect in the coming month. So, without further ado, here is the June 2011 newsletter!

Technology

On the technology front, we provided a first glimpse into the upcoming features in OpenNebula 3.0, which will provide a lot of added stability in many backend components, and major improvements in networking and multi-tenancy support.

C12G announced an enterprise-class distribution of OpenNebula 2.2 and new professional services. They also contributed a scalability guide that addresses how to install and tune OpenNebula for optimal and scalable performance, a guide on integrating public clouds with OpenNebula for “cloudbursting”, and a guide on image contextualization.

Finally, Alberto Zuin contributed a detailed guide on setting up High Availability in OpenNebula with LVM.

Community

Our community continues to grow (check out our list of featured users) and to contribute software to the OpenNebula Ecosystem.

Most notably, Florian Feldhaus and Piotr Kasprzak, from TU Dortmund, released the first version of their OCCI for OpenNebula project. This exciting new project aims to develop a complete, robust and interoperable implementation of OCCI 1.1 for OpenNebula.

This month, OpenNebula participated in the EGI User Virtualisation Workshop, which highlighted the wide deployment of OpenNebula in HPC and Grid systems.

Outreach

OpenNebula developers continue to participate in workshops and conferences around the world. If you’d like to attend an OpenNebula talk or tutorial, or want to meet with developers, check out our list of upcoming events

To answer questions from the community more interactively, we held our first OpenNebula IRC sessions on May 9.

Finally, we announced that C12G and OpenNebula will contribute to the European Cloud strategy through their participation in the panel about Cloud Computing Fostering Innovation of the workshop Towards a Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe: Matching Supply and Demand.

About June 2011

What can you expect from us this month? We will be working hard on OpenNebula 3.0, so stay tuned for more blog posts on all the new features we will be including in our upcoming release.

OpenNebula 2010: Year in Review

This year has seen some great progress for the OpenNebula project, with the release of the most advanced and flexible enterprise-ready cloud management tool, and the continued growth of an active and engaged open-source community. As 2010 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 2011.

Orion Release

After a first Beta release in July, the stable version of OpenNebula 2.0 was available for download in October. OpenNebula 2.0 marked the end of a large and laborious release cycle and an important milestone for the project in terms of functionality, maturity and community engagement. Besides many exciting new features for your Cloud and an improved scalability and robustness, this release also marked the start of a new add-on section for high-quality, third-party open-source components. OpenNebula 2.0 is targeted at production environments, including integration, management, scalability, security and accounting features that many enterprise IT shops need for private and hybrid cloud adoption. We’re delighted with the response from our community. Besides the huge spike in downloads, we have received many congratulations over email and Twitter from many of our users, specially those who are deploying OpenNebula in very large infrastructures

OpenNebula Quality Assurance

As part of the OpenNebula Orion release in October we also opened our internal QA & testing  procedures to the community.

OpenNebula QA is the part of the OpenNebula project which covers all testing of the software that makes up an OpenNebula release. Its goal is to assure the stability and quality of the OpenNebula releases and updates. Testing & QA of a cloud management tool was particularly challenging as it requires to verify the integration of multiple software components, from different hypervisors and storage architectures to operating systems and DB backends

Innovative, Groundbreaking Projects in Cloud Computing

During 2010, we were very happy to announce that OpenNebula is being enhanced in several flagship international projects in cloud computing, such as StratusLab, aimed at bringing cloud and virtualization to grid computing infrastructures; BonFIRE, aimed at designing, building and operating a multi-site cloud-based facility to support research across applications, services and systems targeting services research community on Future Internet; and 4CaaSt, aimed at creating an advanced PaaS Cloud platform which supports the optimized and elastic hosting of Internet-scale multi-tier applications.

These collaborations with world-leading industrial and academic organisations in cloud computing consolidated OpenNebula’s position at the cutting edge of cloud computing technology worldwide. We have also continued our  collaboration with the most demanding users of cloud computing management tools that are using OpenNebula to manage several tens of thousands of virtual machines.

Community

This is a very good opportunity to acknowledge our active and engaged community, if OpenNebula has gotten so far, it is in no small measure due to the many users and organizations in our community who have actively contributed to the project.

In February, we created a new OpenNebula.org site, a new place for the community to share resources, contribute developments and discuss about components and solutions around OpenNebula. We defined the different ways to contribute, from using the technology and spreading the word to contributing fixes and developing new functionality. We also established the OpenNebula Ecosystem in order to promote the different tools, extensions and plug-ins that are available to complement OpenNebula from a wide variety of projects, companies, and research centers. Many new useful components by leading companies and research groups have been added to the ecosystem catalog.

The first edition of the OpenNebula Technology Days took place in Madrid in July. The event was attended by several partners that actively use OpenNebula as their core toolkit to build clouds. All in all, it turned out to be a successful and very formative event.

This year OpenNebula was selected as a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) mentoring organization. We were very excited about this great opportunity to work with very talented and motivated students. During the summer, our students were part of our community and had the opportunity to learn the basics of virtualization, cloud computing and OpenNebula.

During 2010, OpenNebula presented 30 keynotes, invited talks and tutorials in the main international events in cloud computing in 15 different countries. We have also continued and started collaborations with the main open source efforts and standards bodies.

In May 2010, C12G Labs was created to provide the professional integration, certification and technical support that many enterprise IT shops require for internal adoption. OpenNebula.org is a project now managed by C12G Labs. This did not and will not change any of the objectives and core values of the project. C12G contributes to the long term sustainability of the project and is committed to maintain a fully open source technology and to enlarge the OpenNebula community .

About 2011

In line with our aim to develop the most-advanced, highly-scalable and adaptable software toolkit for cloud computing management, we are working hard on new features that will be available in the following months. Several exciting features are in our short term roadmap: an operations network to simplify the management of OpenNebula cloud instances, fault tolerance functionality to maximize uptime in your cloud, enhanced management of images and templates, new security functionality, enhanced support for federation of data centers and support for multi-tier architectures. Our goal is to get stable releases out more often so users can see progress more often, and our current plan is to have a three-month release cycle. These releases will concentrate on a new “big” feature and a collection of bug fixes and minor features. As a whole we think this will give a greatly improved user experience.

In few days we will also announce the second edition of the OpenNebula Technology Days that will be organized in Brussels at the end of January, our participation in new large innovative projects, and our collaboration with leading IT companies in open-source and innovation in cloud computing management.

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If OpenNebula has become such a successful open source project, it is largely thanks in no small part to its community. We really appreciate your help in maintain OpenNebula’s position as the leading and most advanced open-source technology to build cloud infrastructures. As always, we appreciate our users feedback and welcome your comments on everything. The team will be monitoring this post for the next weeks or so and will try and answer all the questions we can.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you health, happiness and prosperity in 2011 to you and your loved ones!

On behalf of the OpenNebula project.