vOneCloud 3.2.1 released!

We want to let you know that OpenNebula Systems has just announced the availability of vOneCloud version 3.2.1.

vOneCloud 3.2.1 is based in OpenNebula 5.6.1 and as such it includes all the bug fixes and functionalities introduced in 5.6.1: OpenNebula 5.6.1 Release Notes.

vOneCloud 3.2.1 is a maintenance release with the following minor improvements:

  • Order of elements in list API calls can be selected (ascending or descending).
  • XMLRPC calls can report the client IP and PORT.
  • New quotas for VMS allow you to configure limits for VMs “running”.
  • The Virtual Machines that are associated to a Virtual Router have all actions allowed except nic-attach/dettach.

Also 3.2.1 features the following bugfixes:

  • User quotas error.
  • Migrate vCenter machines provide feedback to oned.
  • Fixed problem migrating vCenter machines to a cluster with a lot of ESX.
  • Improve feedback for ‘mode’ option in Sunstone server.
  • Accounting data does not display.
  • Spurios syntax help on onehost delete.
  • No way for hide Lock/Unlock button for VM in Sunstone view.
  • Update LDAP driver to use new escaping functionality (and issue).
  • Start script base64 enconding fails when using non utf8 characters.
  • Error when creating a vnet from Sunstone using advanced mode.
  • Restricted attributes not enforced on attach disk operation.
  • Improve the dialog when attach nic or instanciated vm in network tab.
  • VNC on ESXi can Break Firewall.
  • Slow monitoring of the live migrating VMs on destination host.
  • onehost sync should ignore vCenter hosts.
  • NIC Model is ignored on VM vCenter Template.
  • Unable to query VMs with non ASCII character.
  • vCenter unimported resources cache not working as expected.
  • Wild importation from vCenter host refactor.
  • Removing CD-ROM from vCenter imported template breaks the template.
  • Error with restricted attributes when instantiating a VM.
  • Onevcenter cli tool few improvements and examples added.
  • OPENNEBULA_MANAGED deleted when updating a VM Template.
  • Unable to update the Running Memory quota.
  • Monitoring VMs fails when there is not datastore associated.

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OpenNebula Newsletter – September 2018

Our monthly newsletter contains the major achievements of the OpenNebula project and its community during the month of September 2018.

Technology

This month the team released OpenNebula 5.6.1 – a new maintenance release of the 5.6 “Blue Flash” series, which addresses several bug fixes, as well as incorporating various feature enhancements.  A few examples include:

  • List subcommands use pagination when in an interactive shell.
  • Order of elements in list API calls can be selected.
  • XMLRPC calls report the client IP and PORT
  • New quotas for VMS allows to configure limits for running VMs “running”.
  • Update Host hook triggers to include all possible states.
  • ‘onezone set’ should allow temporary zone changes.
  • VMs associated to a Virtual Router now feature all lifecycle actions.

OpenNebula 5.6.1 is the first version which includes “Enterprise Add-ons”, which are extended capabilities available for customers of OpenNebula Systems with an active support subscription.

For more details of what is included in OpenNebula 5.6.1, check the Release Notes.

We also closed out the month with the Release of our Host Provisioning Prototype!  This is a project on which we have been working in order to bring additional flexibility and improved efficiency to data center configurations. And it’s just the first step in OpenNebula’s focus to support the deployment of Edge Computing environments.  You can review here the details surrounding this “oneProvision” prototype.

We continue to move ahead with OpenNebula 5.8.  One of the key features that will be included in this upcoming version is OpenNebula’s support for managing LXD containers (Operating System-level Virtualization).  Some of the details and key benefits are outlined in this earlier post.

For vOneCloud, we are currently working on vOne 3.2.1, which will incorporate the same functionalities and advances which we included in our release of OpenNebula 5.6.1.

Lastly, our push for completeness and flexibility continues to grow as we focus on incorporating Python binding, (in addition to Ruby and Java) within OpenNebula.

Community

This section is where we, at OpenNebula, get most excited!  As we all continue to work and focus on bringing real value to the market through the OpenNebula platform, one of the key goals we maintain is to foster genuine interest and engagement amongst our Community.  So much of what are able to achieve depends on you, the OpenNebula users and contributors. So when we see involvement and commitment across the Community, we know that the OpenNebula project is bound for continued growth.

For example, check out this great blog contribution by Inoreader, outlining their step-by-step evolution from a Bare-Metal server architecture to completely virtualizing their infrastructure using OpenNebula and KVM for virtualization, along with StorPool for storage.

Simon Haly, the CEO of LizardFS published a brief about their collaboration with Nodeweaver to create a plugin “scale [your] OpenNebula cloud to Petabytes and beyond.” https://www.prurgent.com/2018-09-18/pressrelease447786.htm

Additionally, in a tweet earlier this month – both simple and direct – LINBIT highlighted the ease with which one can use the OpenNebula image driver,…and then posted a video demo.

The image driver for @opennebula makes #DRBD volumes easily to place VMs on.

Even beyond the direct impacts of our code, many contributors from the OpenNebula Community provided feedback and insight into a recent European Union publication on how to bring Standards and the Open Source community closer together.

And lastly, in the Community space, OpenNebula introduced Michael Abdou, their new Community and Customer Success Manager…read here.

Outreach

In the last week of September, we collaborated with LINBIT as they hosted an OpenNebula TechDay in Frankfurt, Germany!  In addition to offering a FREE Hands-on Tutorial of OpenNebula, we saw presentations and demos carried out by LINBIT, Mellanox, and Hystax.  Here you can check out how things fared at the Frankfurt TechDay.

Keep an eye out for upcoming TechDays, as we try to schedule these sessions periodically throughout the year, in various locations – all free of charge. Or even partner with us to host one of your own!!  OpenNebula TechDay info.

Don’t forget!  The OpenNebula Conference 2018 is right around the corner.  On November 12-13 we will be in Amsterdam, and there will be plenty of which you can take advantage!  From Hands-on Tutorials and Keynotes to Lightning Talks and Community discussions. Take a look at the agenda – plan on joining us in Amsterdam!  http://2018.opennebulaconf.com/

Join our Sponsor Program and be sure to maximize your benefits from the Conference.  The OpenNebula Conference 2018 is currently sponsored by StorPool, LINBIT and NTS as Platinum Sponsors and Virtual Cable SLU and ROOT as Silver Sponsors.  We would love to see you be a part of our team of sponsors!

One more item to put on your calendar is VMworld in Barcelona, on November 5-8, 2018.  We will be there with an exhibit for all things OpenNebula and vOneCloud.  Make sure to swing by booth E422!

More to come in October!!  Stay connected!

Initial Release of Host Provisioning Prototype

Recently, we have shared with you our vision with the disaggregated cloud approach in the blog post A Sneak Preview of the Upcoming Features for Cloud Disaggregation.  Today we are very happy to announce the initial release of the Host Provision prototype, which provides the capability to deploy new physical hosts on selected bare-metal cloud providers, to install and configure them as KVM hypervisors, and to add them into existing OpenNebula clusters as an independent host.

Everything included in a single run of the new command “oneprovision”!

For the initial release, we support the Packet Host and Amazon EC2 (i3.metal instance type) bare-metal providers. The tool is distributed as an operating system package for RHEL/CentOS 7, Debian 9, Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04, or the source code archive. The package should be installed on your OpenNebula front-end and used under the privileges of user oneadmin.

Source code and packages are ready to download from our GitHub repository.

Detailed documentation which covers how to install, use or customize the tooling is available here.

Last, but not least – it’s all open source!

We would love to hear all your comments, suggestions or help with the problems you may experience.  Please use our community forum to get in touch with us.

New Maintenance Release: OpenNebula 5.6.1

The OpenNebula team is pleased to announce the availability of OpenNebula 5.6.1, a new maintenance release of the 5.6 ‘Blue Flash’ series.This version fixes multiple bugs and add some minor features such as:

  • List subcommands use pagination when in an interactive shell.
  • Order of elements in list API calls can be selected.
  • XMLRPC calls report the client IP and PORT
  • New quotas for VMS allows to configure limits for running VMs “running”.
  • Update Host hook triggers to include all possible states.
  • ‘onezone set’ should allow temporary zone changes.
  • VMs associated to a Virtual Router now feature all lifecycle actions.

Check the release notes for the complete set of changes, including bugfixes.

OpenNebula 5.6.1 features the first release of the enterprise addons, available for customers of OpenNebula Systems with an active support subscription.

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OpenNebula Newsletter – August 2018

Our monthly newsletter contains the major achievements of the OpenNebula project and its community this August.

Technology

The team is working to release a new maintenance release of Blue Flash shortly, version 5.6.1. It includes several bugfixes as well as non disruptive minor enhancements like revisited quota categories for running and total VMs. Included in the bugfixes comes a new way of handling the DB upgrades so different encodings do not break the final OpenNebula install. Stay tuned!

Also, 5.8 roadmap is getting shape. One of the novelties will be support for a new container technology. This is still work in progress, so we’ll disclose it in the next newsletter (or before if you are up to date in our development portal). How’s that for a cliffhanger?

We are proud to be among the first batch of technologies which are ready to manage VMware clouds on AWS, in their new shiny service. Check out more in our blog.

A new version of vOneCloud, 3.2, has been released this month. vOneCloud 3.2 is powered by OpenNebula 5.6 ‘Blue Flash’, and, as such, includes functionality presents in Blue Flash relevant to vOneCloud, like a revamped import mechanism, overall driver performance, VNC options for Wild VMs, network creation reworked, migrate VMs between clusters, marketplace (this one is a biggie!), Docker integration,Schedule periodic actions, and more. If you have a vSphere infrastructure, and you want to turn it into a multi-tenant private cloud, with a slick self-service provisioning portal, give it a try!

Community

It is always pleasant to see how people from the community are engaged during these summer months. We want to give a shout out and two big thumbs up to everyone that helps newcomers to OpenNebula in the community support forum! This greatly helps the project.

A report by the European Union on open source and standards is bound to talk about OpenNebula, and this one indeed does. Is worth reading it to see the scope of your favorite CMP project.

OpenNebula was designed to be Cloud-API agnostic. It provides Cloud consumers with choice of interfaces, from open Cloud to de-facto standards. OpenNebula does not try to reinvent the wheel and implements existing standards when available.

Also about standards, we are very proud that OpenNebula is the first reference implementation of the OCCI cloud computing API standard.

Outreach

Remember that if you register for the OpenNebulaConf 2018 before the 15th of September you will have a 20% discount! Check out the excellent keynotes and talks in the agenda, this conference is packed with amazing feedback from community members, not to miss out!

OpenNebulaConf EU, Amsterdam 2018 is sponsored by StorPool, Linbit and NTS as Platinum Sponsor and Virtual Cable SLU and root.nl as Silver Sponsor. There are still spots available to get the most of OpenNebulaConf 2018 by joining our Sponsor Program. Read more about how to sponsor and the benefits here.

An OpenNebula team representation attended the VMworld 2018 US in Las Vegas, participating in the OpenNebula and vOneCloud booth. In case you missed out, and you want an OpenNebula pen, stickers and a view of the latest features of OpenNebula with a live demo, you still have the chance to come to Barcelona this November to the european VMworld!


This month Hitachi Vantara held a TechDay in Santa Clara, where a hands-on tutorial was given to the attendees, and several quality talks, including a really interesting one by the hosts on their journey from vCloud Director to OpenNebula.

Also, if you are in the neighborhood, do not miss the following TechDay and get your free OpenNebula training session!

OpenNebula and VMware Announce OpenNebula for VMware Cloud on AWS


OpenNebula and VMware have just announced that OpenNebula is available to customers of VMware Cloud™ on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware’s enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software and elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to give organizations consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud. OpenNebula enables cloud orchestration and provisioning features to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. OpenNebula provides cloud provisioning features integrating on-premise vSphere deployments with VMware Cloud on AWS.

The OpenNebula team will be present at VMworld US next week in Las Vengas with a booth (#2008) dedicated to showcase the new features of OpenNebula 5.6 and vOneCloud 3.2. OpenNebula 5.6 has been validated and is supported on VMware Cloud on AWS. Customers can contact the support team through the commercial support portal to know specific configuration and limitations.

The press release is available here.

 

 

vOneCloud 3.2 Released – Marketplace and Docker

OpenNebula Systems has just announced the availability of vOneCloud version 3.2. This is the first vOneCloud release that offers full storage and network management capabilities.

vOneCloud 3.2 is powered by OpenNebula 5.6 ‘Blue Flash’, and, as such, includes functionality present in Blue Flash relevant to vOneCloud:

  • Revamped import mechanism, vOneCloud Sunstone import of vCenter resources has been greatly streamlined.
  • Overall driver performance, all operations, specially monitoring, run quicker and consuming less resources.
  • VNC options for Wild VMs, now they can be defined at import time to avoid collisions.
  • Network creation reworked, with more admin feedback in the network representation.
  • Migrate VMs between clusters, now is possible to migrate VMs between different vCenter clusters from voneCloud.
  • Marketplace, vOneCloud users and admins can now enjoy the OpenNebula Systems public and private marketplaces to easily download new appliances.
  • Docker integrationeasily build a Docker fabric using vOneCloud.
  • Schedule periodic actions, now with time relative to VM creation. Check the VM Template creation dialog for options.

Multiple bugfixes and documentation improvements have been included in this version. The complete list of changes can be checked on the development portal.

OpenNebula Systems will run a booth at VMworld 2018 US in Las Vegas and at VMworld 2018 EU in Barcelona, with live demos of the new version.

vOneCloud 3.2 has been certified with support for vSphere 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5.

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OpenNebula Newsletter – July 2018

This monthly newsletter gives an overview of the work and achievements during the last month by the OpenNebula project and its community.

The Santa Clara’s TechDay is around the corner. If you are in the area by the end of August, do not miss the chance to register.

Technology

The team is working on the roadmap definition for OpenNebula 5.8. Yes! You read it right. 5.6 has been just recently taken out of the oven, but 5.8 is already on the works. There is still time to influence the roadmap, so please feel free to steer towards our development page in GitHub and let us know about which cool features we can add to your favourite cloud management platform.

After the recent release of vOneCloud 3.0.7, the team is also working on a new version of vOneCloud (3.2), based on OpenNebula ‘Blue Flash’ 5.6.0, to bring the innovations in the vCenter driver to vOneCloud: stability and performance improvements, new features like a extended multi cluster support or a redesigned importation workflow with new Sunstone tabs.

In case you haven’t heard, AWS now offers a bare metal service as another choice of EC2 instances. This condition enables you to leverage the highly scalable and available AWS public cloud infrastructure in order to deploy your own Private Cloud platform based on full virtualization. We’ve prepared a post describing in high detail how can you deploy an OpenNebula instance in AWS bare metal to build a private cloud on a public cloud provider.

During the last months we have been working on a new internal project to enable disaggregated private clouds. The next OpenNebula release will bring the tools and methods needed to grow your private cloud infrastructure with physical resources from bare-metal cloud, initially individual hosts but eventually complete clusters, running on a remote bare-metal cloud providers.

Community

It appears that not everyone is in the beach this past month of July. The OpenNebula community is engaged and vibrant as ever, let us highlight a few examples.

Our friends at Nordeus agrees with us that OpenNebula and Ansible are a match made in heaven. See this blog post on how they manage their virtual infrastructure with Ansible modules that talk with OpenNebula. Delicious!

And now for a reisited blast from the past. This article describes a vulnerability in OpenNebula which has been fixed a while back, it is a very interesting security read. Also, it describes OpenNebula in a very to the point paragraph, which we would like to highlight further.

By relying on standard Linux tools as far as possible, OpenNebula reaches a high level of customizability and flexibility in hypervisors, storage systems, and network infrastructures.

We love community feedback. The critical one because it makes us improve further. And the good one, because it makes us blush, like this tweet about a smooth upgrade to 5.6. Smooth upgrade is our sign of identity!

Outreach

Remember that if you register for the OpenNebulaConf 2018 before the 15th of September you will have a 20% discount! Check out the excellent keynotes and talks in the agenda, this conference is packed with amazing feedback from community members, not to miss out!

OpenNebulaConf EU, Amsterdam 2018 is sponsored by StorPool, Linbit and NTS as Platinum Sponsor and Virtual Cable SLU and root.nl as Silver Sponsor. There are still spots available to get the most of OpenNebulaConf 2018 by joining our Sponsor Program. Read more about how to sponsor and the benefits here.

Members of the OpenNebula team will be presenting a new version of vOneCloud, alongside OpenNebula 5.6.0, in the VMworld 2018 US in Las Vegas. If you are around, don’t forget to pass by booth 2008 and chat with us! Also, we will be featuring a booth at VMworld EU 2018 that will be held the 20th of November in Barcelona.

Also, if you are in the neighborhood, do not miss the following two TechDays and get your free OpenNebula training session!

Wishing you the best summer!

OpenNebula 5.6 ‘Blue Flash’ is Out!

The OpenNebula team is proud to announce a new stable version of the leading open source Cloud Management Platform. OpenNebula 5.6 (Blue Flash) is the fourth major release of the OpenNebula 5 series. A significant effort has been applied in this release to enhance features introduced in 5.4 Medusa, while keeping an eye in implementing those features more demanded by the community. A massive set of improvements happened at the core level to increase robustness and scalability, and a major refactor happened in the vCenter integration, particularly in the import process, which has been streamlined. Virtually every component of OpenNebula has been reviewed to target usability and functional improvements, trying to keep API changes to a minimum to avoid disrupting ecosystem components.

In this release several development efforts have been invested in making OpenNebula even better for large scale deployments. This improvements includes both, changes in OpenNebula core to better handle concurrency as well as refined interfaces. Sunstone dashboard has been redesigned to provided sensible information in a more responsive way. Sunstone also features some new styling touches here and there, and it has been updated to version 5 of Fontawesome.

Blue Flash also includes several quality of life improvements for end-users. In particular, it is now possible to schedule periodic actions on VMs. Want to shutdown your VM every Friday at 5p.m. and start it on Monday 7p.m. just before work… We got you covered. Also, don’t to want accidentally terminate that important VM or want to freeze a Network; now you can set locks on common resources to prevent actions to be performed on them.

5.6. ends the major redesign on the vCenter driver started in 5.4. The new integration with vCenter features stability and performance improvements, as well as important new features like a extended multicluster support or a redesigned importation workflow with new Sunstone tabs as well as a new CLI.

New integrations also bring Docker management. Any OpenNebula cloud can import from the marketplace a VM prepared to act as docker engine, allowing the deployment of Docker applications on top. Also, an integration with Docker Machine is available to seamlessly manage docker engines without having to interact with OpenNebula APIs or interfaces.

Following our tradition this OpenNebula release is named after NGC 6905, also known as the Blue Flash Nebula, a planetary nebula in the constellation Delphinus. It was discovered by William Herschel in 1784.

OpenNebula 5.6 Blue Flash is considered to be a stable release and as such, and update is available in production environments.

The OpenNebula project would like to thank the community members and users who have contributed to this software release by being active with the discussions, answering user questions, or providing patches for bugfixes, features and documentation.

The SetUID/SetGID functionality for VM Templates is funded by University of Louvain. The Ceph drivers enabling VM disks in the hypervisor local storage are funded by Flexyz B.V.

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vOneCloud 3.0.7 released!

We want to let you know that OpenNebula Systems has just announced the availability of vOneCloud version 3.0.7.

vOneCloud 3.0.7 is based in OpenNebula 5.4.15 and as such it includes all the bug fixes and functionalities introduced in 5.4.15: OpenNebula 5.4.15 Release Notes.

vOneCloud 3.0.7 is a maintenance release with the following minor improvements:

  • Better updateconf, check VM state to allocate a new cluster VNC port
  • Better timeouts for xml-rpc clients
  • Fix history records when VMs are imported in POWEROFF state
  • Changed cpu mode and fallback
  • Filter in CLI commands now accept != operator
  • Improved Sunstone text fields

Also 3.0.7 feature the following bugfixes:

  • vCenter driver is capable of import network names with slashes
  • Fix check in updateconf for non-running VMs
  • Changing overcommitment on a host updates other hosts too
  • Fixed bug with updateconf and vnc port
  • Sunstone reloads the page with a group change of a user
  • Memory overcommitment doesn’t support float values
  • Changes in VM Template not saved during update
  • Rollback datastore quotas. Add datastore quotas to one.vmtemplate.instantiate
  • Disk SIZE is not a valid integer
  • Do not reset resizes and quotas after a recover –recreate
  • AR size change in reservations should be disabled in Sunstone
  • Multiple DISK attributes into VM Template section
  • VM created w/ wrong disk size (size on instantiate)
  • Error in group create/update
  • ActionManager threads counter not decreased
  • Groups shouldn’t be cached in Sunstone

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