OpenNebula Newsletter – February 2012

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

Technology

Of course, the big news this month was the launch of OpenNebula 3.2, with lots of new features like:

  • VMware, out-of-the-box support for VMware that now includes live migration, advanced contextualization, image and network management.
  • Self-Service Portal, a new easy-to-use web-based end-user interface that complements the existing GUIs for the operation of the data-center (OpenNebula Sunstone) and for the management of multiple zones (OpenNebula Zones). You can see a couple screenshots of this new interface in this blog post.
  • User & Group Management, to easily share virtual resources with other users and groups.
  • Improved Security, that fixes security issues and incorporates new authentication drivers and performance improvements.
  • Networking Drivers, a new set of drivers are now available to perform networking setup operations.
  • Data Center Placement Policies, placement policies can be defined globally to optimize the resources of the datacenter. There are 4 predefined policies: packing, striping, load-aware, and custom.

We also recently updated the OpenNebula Public Cloud to OpenNebula 3.2.

Please note that, a few days ago, we released OpenNebula 3.2.1, a maintenance release that includes several bug fixes. This is a recommended update for everyone running the 3.x version of OpenNebula.

As we mentioned in our last newsletter, one of the new features in OpenNebula 3.x that is getting a lot of attention is OpenNebula Zones. We published a screencast that explains this feature in more detail, which we recently followed up with a second screencast showing how to manage Virtual Data Centers in OpenNebula.

Community

Ken Barber, from Puppet Labs, wrote a blog post (co-authored with our own Tino Vazquez) on how to “puppetize OpenNebula”, describing the integration between Puppet and OpenNebula.

The Business Application Modernization (BAM) Department of IBM India contributed two really interesting blog posts on using OpenNebula with Nested ESX VMWare, and on Using HybridFox and EC2 Interfaces on VMware-based OpenNebula Clouds.

We have a new contribution to the OpenNebula ecosystem: CLUES (Cluster Energy Saving), an energy management system for High Performance Computing (HPC) Clusters and Cloud infrastructures. The main function of the system is to power off internal cluster nodes when they are not being used, and conversely to power them on when they are needed. Thanks to the Grid y Computación de Altas Prestaciones (GRyCAP) group at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia for this contribution!

oVirt and OpenNebula were featured as the main new components in cloud and virtualization in Fedora 17.

A new book titled “Open Source Cloud Computing Systems” (by Luis Vaquero, Juan Cáceres, and Juan Hierro) was just published, including a chapter on OpenNebula.

Sebastien Goasguen posted a video showing how to upload Virtual Machine Images to an OpenNebula cloud via S3 and Boto. The Austin on Rails group posted a video showing how to deploy Rails to your own private cloud with OpenNebula and Cobbler

SARA launched its new Cloud with OpenNebula 3. Some of their first users gave it glowing reviews.

Outreach

We have the following events coming up:

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

OpenNebula Newsletter – January 2012

Happy New Year, everyone! This is our first newsletter of 2012, summarizing everything that happened during the last month of 2011. 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 2011.

Technology

Thanks to our new rapid release development cycle, this past month we released a beta and a Release Candidate of OpenNebula 3.2. This new release will include full support for VMWare, a whole slew of new network and security management features in OpenNebula core, and several improvements to Sunstone, OpenNebula Zones and VDCs, and our OCCI interface.

One of the new features that is becoming increasingly popular is OpenNebula Zones, and we published a screencast that explains this feature in more detail and shows how you can use it to manage multiple OpenNebula instances.

We also added a new HOWTO to our wiki explaining how to develop new external cloud drivers in OpenNebula, which allow OpenNebula to interact with external cloud providers in a “hybrid cloud” manner. OpenNebula currently includes drivers to interact with EC2 to combine local resources with resources from EC2, but we provide a driver framework that allows other developers to add support for additional clouds.

Community

A member of the OpenNebula community, Giovanni Toraldo, has written a book on OpenNebula 3 which is scheduled to be released in June 2012. We’re sure this will be a great asset for newcomers to OpenNebula and cloud computing in general!

Sebastien Goasguen’s team at Clemson University added an OpenNebula cloud to FutureGrid. They also prepared a screencast showing how to use CernVM to deploy VMs on Clemson’s Opennebula cloud.

Several community members presented the result of their work with OpenNebula at the eScience 2011 Workshop on Cloud and Virtualization for Industry.

The OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative has produced CompatibleOne, a new open source project that aims to provide interoperable middleware for the description and federation of heterogeneous clouds comprising resources provisioned by different cloud providers. In particular, CompatibleOne can broker resources from both OpenNebula and OpenStack clouds. Check out their website for a demo.

Canada Cloud presented an interesting “Catalyst Project” describing how OpenNebula could be applied in key areas such as E-Health Ontario’s ONE Services program.

OpenNebula was added to Fedora’s Cloud SIG wiki.

Outreach

OpenNebula has a big event coming up. OpenNebula has been invited by the European Commission to speak at the 4th EU-Japan Symposium on New Generation Networks and Future Internet in Tokyo the 19th of January, 2011. If you’ll be there, and want to meet with the OpenNebula team, make sure to drop us a line at contact@opennebula.org.

We also have the following events coming up:

  • 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 2011: Year in Review

As 2011 draws to an 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 2012. You have all the details about the great progress that we have seen for the OpenNebula project in our monthly newsletters that we started in June.  Most of the time has been spent developing new features to continue to deliver the open-source industry standard for data center virtualization, offering the most feature-rich and flexible solution for comprehensive management of virtualized data centers.

Technology

The stable version of OpenNebula 2.2 was released in March with the new SunStone GUI and important new features for fault tolerance and scalability. Seven months later, in October, the project released OpenNebula 3.0 with management of zones and virtual data centers, new authentication methods with usage quotas, a VM template repository, a new monitoring and accounting service, and a new network subsystem with support for Open vSwitch and 802.1Q tagging. OpenNebula 3.0 features the latest innovations in cloud computing for the deployment of cutting-edge enterprise-ready on-premise IaaS clouds.

A few days ago we announced the availability of the Release Candidate of OpenNebula 3.2. This is the first version developed within the new rapid release development cycle that will allow us to more quickly deliver new features and innovations to the community as well as incorporate our users’ requirements and feedback from the community. OpenNebula 3.2 focuses on network management, security management, enhanced VMware support, and a new OpenNebula self-service portal.

C12G Labs has delivered new versions of its addons to support VMware, accounting and LDAP. These addons are being incorporated into the main distribution of OpenNebula 3.2. In 2011, C12G announced several releases of the OpenNebulaPro distribution providing the rapid innovation of open-source, with the stability and long-term production support of commercial software.

Community

Last month, we celebrated OpenNebula’s fourth birthday. We took that opportunity to look back at how the project has grown in the last four years. OpenNebula has evolved into an active open-source project with a community that, by many measures, is more than doubling each year.  In 2011, OpenNebula.org had more than 600,000 visits and 7,000,000 page views.

During 2011, several new components have been contributed to the OpenNebula ecosystem, like SVMSchedPython bindings for OCA , VirtualBox driver, OpenVZ driverStudiCloud or OCCI 1.1 Implementation, and many organizations contributed new guides and experiences to our blog. 2011 also saw a truly remarkable growth in the number of organizations and projects using OpenNebula, and many large companies and research centers were added to our list of featured users.

We revamped the OpenNebula community wiki, which now has its own site: http://wiki.opennebula.org/. Many OpenNebula community members have used this wiki to share howtos or provide links to guides, white papers, or use cases. We have collaborated with the main open-source projects in the cloud computing domain, such as CFengineLibcloud, Puppet, Xen Cloud Platform, CompatibleOne, OpenVirtualization Alliance… , and companies in the virtualization market, such as Microsoft, which is providing technical guidance to help us add and maintain Hyper-V on the list of officially supported hypervisors. OpenNebula is now part of the repositories of the main Linux distributions: OpenSUSEFedoraDebian and Ubuntu.

We were excited to hear that several public organizations, like UK’s Cabinet Office, the Canadian Cloud Best Practices Council, or the European Commission, reference OpenNebula as an interoperable enterprise-ready open-source alternative to proprietary solutions for cloud computing. We created a new working group to help support the development of standards around OpenNebula.

Outreach

OpenNebula presented 20 keynotes, invited talks and tutorials in the main international events in cloud computing in 10 different countries

About 2012

The final release of OpenNebula 3.2 will be available in a few days. This update of the 3 series focuses on network management, security management, and out-of-the-box enhanced support for VMware clouds. It also features a first version of the new OpenNebula Self-Service Portal for end-users of the cloud. But that’s not all! We have also started developing the new features that will be available in OpenNebula 3.4, due in Q1 2012. In fact, we’re planning four major releases of OpenNebula in 2012.

In the coming year, we hope to accelerate the initiatives to support our wide community of users and developers, and the ecosystem of open-source components and innovative projects being created around OpenNebula. In addition, we’ll be ramping up some of our plans around developing training materials, collaborating with other communities, and doing our best to help grow the OpenNebula community in a sustainable way. We will also announce new collaborations 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 in no small part thanks to its awesome community of users and developers. We have updated the list of people that have contributed to OpenNebula during the last four years. Please send us an email if we forgot to include your name. 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. We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you health, happiness and prosperity in 2012 to you and your loved ones!

On behalf of the OpenNebula project.

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.