RESERVOIR/OpenNebula Training Session – Wrap Up

The RESERVOIR project organized an OpenNebula training session in Brussels on January 27-28, 2011. The training was given by CETIC and the DSA-Research.org group at UCM, taking place in the IBM Meeting Room at Digitaleurope. It featured an extensive tutorial on how to install, configure, tune and use OpenNebula to build Private, Hybrid and Public clouds. It also included a last session by IBM presenting its integrated Private Cloud Service Delivery Platform. The material from the training can be downloaded from the OpenNebula site and from the RESERVOIR site.

The event was attended by several organizations that actively use or are planing to use OpenNebula as their core toolkit to build clouds. Attendees included people from several companies, such as Capgemini, Guardis, 4D-Consult, Orange, Logica IT, Engineering, Alcatel-Lucent, Philips, SNCB and CAET; from grid and supercomputing centers, such as PDC, EGI, NIKHEF and JSC; from academia and research institutions, such as UPM and INRIA; and from government and public administration, such as European Commission. Many of these organizations have shown their interest to engage in the OpenNebula community.

All in all, it turned out to be a successful and very formative event. Given the success of this training, additional sessions will be organised within the upcoming months. Details will shortly be made available.

OpenNebula/RESERVOIR Training in Brussels, January 27-28, 2011

The RESERVOIR project is organizing an OpenNebula training session in Brussels on January 27-28, 2011. The training will be given by CETIC and the DSA-Research.org group at UCM and will take place in the IBM Meeting Room at Digitaleurope.

RESERVOIR is an IBM-led joint research initiative of 13 European partners to develop technologies that help automate the fluctuating demand for IT resources in a cloud computing environment. To pave the way to adoption of cloud technology by businesses, the RESERVOIR project has integrated a set of virtualization and cloud management tools. The training will focus on OpenNebula, a core component of the RESERVOIR framework. The training will show how to build and use your own private, hybrid and public cloud infrastructure with OpenNebula by covering all the management aspects: installation, configuration and administration. The course includes hands-on exercises to be performed using attendee’s laptops.

This event is free of charge, but you must register by sending an e-mail to reservoir@cetic.be as attendance is restricted to 30 persons.

OpenNebula at CloudCom 2010

The 2nd IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science will take place in Indianapolis, USA, from November 30th to December 3rd. Part of the OpenNebula team will attend to the conference to give a short 90-minute tutorial on Thursday, December 2nd, from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

This tutorial will present the exciting new features in OpenNebula 2.0, and will cover the following:

  1. Introduction to OpenNebula
  2. Features: What can you do with OpenNebula?
  3. Private cloud management
  4. Public cloud interfaces

Since this is just a 90 minute tutorial, we won’t be able to do much hands-on exercises. Nonetheless, we will be available all day for questions, hands-on tinkering, meetings, etc. If you’d like to meet with us, feel free to approach us that day or, better yet, contact our Community Manager beforehand to arrange for a specific meeting time.

OpenNebula Participation in Upcoming Cloud Events

The OpenNebula Project is participating in many upcoming events in cloud computing.

  • Invited Talk about OpenNebula in Virtualized Service Platform Session at Internet of Services 2010, Brussels, Belgium, 19th October 2010
  • Keynote about  “Key Research Challenges in Cloud Computing” at the 3rd EU-Japan Symposium on Future Internet and New Generation Networks, Tampere, Finland, 20th October, 2010
  • Keynote about “OpenNebula: Leading World Innovation in Open-source Cloud Computing” at CloudComp 2010, Barcelona, Spain, 26th October 2010
  • Keynote about “OpenNebula: Leading Innovation in Cloud Computing Management” at OGF30/Grid2010, Brussels, Belgium, 27th October 2010
  • Invited Talk about “OpenNebula Cloud Case Studies” and Panel about “Your Organization’s Cloud Where to Start What to Do, What to Avoid” at ISC Cloud 2010, Frankfurt, Germany, 28th and 29th October 2010
  • Invited Talk about “Enterprise Usage of OpenNebula” at the 7th International Cloud Computing Expo, Santa Clara, U.S.A., 1st November 2010
  • Keynote about “OpenNebula: Leading World Innovation in Open-source Cloud Computing” at OW2 Annual Conference 2010, Paris, France, 24th November 2010
  • Tutorial about “OpenNebula: Leading Interoperability and Innovation in Cloud Computing Management” at CloudCom 2010, Indianapolis, USA, 2nd December 2010
  • Invited Talk about OpenNebula at the Telecom Cloud Information Days & Standards Workshop, Santa Clara, USA, 6th December
Would be great to meet you at these venues.  If you want to connect, please send an email to contact@opennebula.org
The OpenNebula Project

OpenNebula at CCA09

The innovations provided by the OpenNebula open-source toolkit for cloud computing have been presented at CCA09 (Cloud Computing and its Application 2009) in Chicago. The presentation includes a description of the novel functionality  that has been incorporated into release 1.4 to address the technology challenges from the business use cases in the RESERVOIR project, and the ecosystem that is evolving around the OpenNebula open-source community.

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Ignacio Martin Llorente

The Private Clouds

Last month I’ve been invited to give a couple of talks about Cloud computing in the wonderful C3RS (Cisco Cloud Computing Research Symposium) and in a Spanish e-science meeting. (The slides are available online, if you want to check). Although the audiences were quite heterogeneous, there is a recurrent question among the participants of these events: How can I set my private cloud?. Let me briefly summarize the motivation of the people asking this:

  • Lease compute capacity from the local infrastructure. These people acknowledge the benefits of virtualizing their own infrastructure as a whole. However, they are not interested, in selling this capacity over the internet, or at least is not a priority for them. This is, they do not want to become a EC2 competitor, so they do not need to expose to the world a cloud interface.
  • Capacity in the cloud. They do not want to be the new EC2 but they want to use EC2. The ability of moving some services, or part of the capacity of a service, to an external provider is very attractive to them.
  • Open Source. Current cloud solutions are proprietary and closed, they need an open source solution to play with. Also, they are using some virtualization technologies that would like to see integrated in the final solution.

I say to these people, take a look to OpenNebula. OpenNebula is a distributed virtual machine manager that allows you to virtualize your infrastructure. It also features an integral management of your virtual services, including networking and image management. Additionally, it is shipped with EC2 plug-ins that allow you to simultaneously deploy virtual machines in your local infrastructure and in Amazon EC2.

OpenNebula is modular-by-design to allow its integration with any other tool, like the Haziea lease manager, or Nimbus that gives you a EC2 compatible interface in case you need one. It is a healthy open source software being improved in several projects like RESERVOIR, and it has a growing community.

Go here if you want to set up your private cloud!

Ruben S. Montero

Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference

This week we (Javier Fontan and me) are attending the Open Source Grid Conference. The conference overall is being great, and I feel that in general the audience is more active than that of a more paper oriented type of meeting. We have had the opportunity to talk to some GridWay users and discuss with them future directions and new features for the meta-scheduler. Also, there has been a couple of session tracks devoted to virtualization with some quite interesting presentations (you can get the slides from the conference site). In one of these sessions we performed a demo of the OpenNebula TP, where we demonstrated an use case: the dynamic provision of a SGE cluster… Fortunately everything worked out fine, and we also got very interesting feedback from some of the attendees.

GridWay Tutorial at the Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference
Photo from the GridWay Tutorial at the Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference ;)

Ruben S. Montero