C12G/OpenNebula to Contribute to the European Cloud Strategy

C12G/OpenNebula will participate in the panel about Cloud Computing Fostering Innovation of the workshop Towards a Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe: Matching Supply and Demand organized by the European Commission to help identify the main elements of a European Cloud Strategy. This panel will discuss the opportunities presented by the cloud, interoperability and standards issues, and the potential for innovation. Other panelists are senior-management representatives of European companies, organizations and networks, and the European Parliament. The workshop is part of the 1st Digital Agenda Assembly.

Who Is Using OpenNebula?

There are more than 100 downloads of OpenNebula per day from our download site, and there have been more than 50,000 downloads since we released our first version in March 2008. Additionally, the code can be also downloaded from our software repository and from the several commercial and open-source distributions embedding our leading technology for cloud management.

Some weeks ago we started an initiative to create a list of organizations using OpenNebula. This ended up being more difficult than we expected given that many of our main users in the private industry, which are running very large scale infrastructures with thousands of nodes or even with datacenter federation, did not allow us to include their names on the list. The reason behind this is that cloud computing is a strategy move for most of these companies.

In spite of this, we have finally created a nice list of featured users from different industries that include Hosting Providers, Telecom Operators, IT Service Providers, Banking, Government, Professional Services, Supercomputing Centers and Research Centers. The list is not complete, we still have some emails to process.

If your organization or project is not listed, and you would be willing to be listed, please fill out this really quick form or contact our community manager.

We thank all the organizations that have allowed us to include their name on the list!

OpenNebula 2.2 (Codename Cat’s Eye) Released!

Today, the OpenNebula project announces the general availability of the final release of OpenNebula 2.2.0. This is a stable version and it is targeted at production deployments. Clouds running any OpenNebula 2.0.x versions are recommended to upgrade to this release.

Among the new features, OpenNebula 2.2.0 includes Sunstone, a web application to control your cloud with lots of eye candy. OpenNebula 2.2.0 also brings important new features in the fault tolerance and scalability areas. OpenNebula 2.2 is the seventh major release of the project and with it, it continues to fulfill the promise of building a state-of-the-art open source toolkit that also addresses the scalability, flexibility and security requirements of large-scale production systems.

As usual OpenNebula releases are named after a Nebula. The Cat’s Eye Nebula (NGC 6543, Caldwell 6) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Draco.

Acknowledgements

The OpenNebula project would like to thank the community for their effort and valuable contributions that have made possible this release; the European Commission for founding part of the developments of this release through the StratusLab and BonFIRE research grants; and our private sponsor, C12G Labs, for supporting the community and software contributions.

More Information and Download Links

The OpenNebula Team

OpenNebula Featured in the Internet of Services Newsletter

The March edition of the Internet of Services newsletter features OpenNebula as spinoff of RESERVOIR. This newsletter reports about the activities of the Software & Service Architectures and Infrastructures Unit in the Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission. The article highlights the innovation and interoperability of OpenNebula and its high number of downloads and adoption in production environments. OpenNebula is being used as reference open stack for cloud computing in many large research and infrastructure projects.

Interview with OpenNebula Project Leads in IEEE Internet Computing

In the last issue of IEEE Internet Computing, Dejan Milojicic, editor in chief of Computing Now, discusses cloud computing and OpenNebula with Ignacio M. Llorente and Rubén S. Montero, leads of the open source OpenNebula project. The video is available online in the Trend Wars section at the Computing Now site and the transcript has been published in the March/April issue of IEEE Internet Computing.

OpenNebula 2.2 RC1 Released

As you probably noticed, last week we migrated the OpenNebula community services (web pages, development repos…) to a new infrastructure to accommodate the quickly increasing number of visits and downloads. As a result the RC announcement did not hit the list, the software was available, though.

OpenNebula 2.2 RC1 is the last development release of the OpenNebula toolkit. Although OpenNebula RC1 is targeted at testers that would like to check the exciting new features of OpenNebula 2.2, it is considered stable enough for daily operations. OpenNebula 2.2 RC1 adds general stability, and performance improvements as well as the features from previous OpenNebula 2.2 Betas. OpenNebula 2.2 RC1 is backward compatible with the 2.x series in terms of the database schema, interfaces and API’s.

We really appreciate the work of the community testing the previous release and giving feedback about issues and bugs. Thanks!

The OpenNebula Project

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Are you using OpenNebula?

As an open-source community partially funded with public funding, it is very important for us to keep an updated list of organizations and projects using OpenNebula. Doing so puts us in a better position to get grants and keep OpenNebula well funded through a combination of public and private funding.

If your organization or project is not listed in our Users and Projects page, and you would be willing to be listed, please fill out this really quick form or contact our community manager. Details of your OpenNebula deployment are welcome, but not strictly necessary, as we know it is often not possible to reveal this information publicly. Just allowing us to list the name of your organization on the Users and Projects page would be enough.

How Cloud Computing Can Boost Europe’s Competitiveness

The European Commission has just distributed a press release to announce the promotion of cloud computing in Europe as an important objective of the Digital Agenda for Europe. Cloud Computing is one of the key enabling information technologies that can help European businesses –especially SMEs – to drastically reduce IT costs, help governments supply services at a lower cost to citizens and make computing much more energy efficient. OpenNebula is referenced in the press release as key technology to offer widespread cloud services. The press release also announces the visit of European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes to CeBIT2011 information technology (IT) exhibition in Hannover, Germany on 2 and 3 March, where the main theme is cloud computing.

OpenNebula 2.2 Beta1 Out for Testing!

The OpenNebula team is pleased to announce the availability of the first beta release of OpenNebula 2.2. This beta release is targeted at testers and users that would like to check the exciting new features of OpenNebula 2.2. This new release features a new component, Sunstone, a web application to control your cloud with lots of eye candy, improved fault tolerance capabilities and Ganglia support, among other minor enhancements and bug fixes.

OpenNebula 2.2 is backward compatible with the 2.x series in terms of the database schema, interfaces and API’s.

With this new release, the OpenNebula community continues to fulfill the promise of building a state-of-the-art open source toolkit that also addresses the scalability, flexibility and security requirements of large-scale production systems.

The OpenNebula project would like to thank the community for their effort and valuable contributions that made possible this release; the European Commission for founding part of the developments of this release through the StratusLab and BonFIRE research grants; and our private sponsor, C12G Labs, for supporting the community and software contributions.

The OpenNebula Project

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Sunstone Cloud Testbed

The OpenNebula Team is pleased to announce the availability of a Sunstone Cloud Testbed. While the Sunstone project is still at a beta stage, the web interface is presented to encourage feedback to anyone interested. Sunstone is offered on top of the OpenNebula Cloud, which offers a virtual computing environment accessible through two different remote cloud interfaces, OCCI and EC2, and now through a web interface, OpenNebula Sunstone.

It is worth noticing that these three mechanisms access the same infrastructure, i.e. resources created by any of the mentioned methods will be instantly available on the others. For instance, you can create a VM with the OCCI interface, monitor it with the EC2 interface, and shut it down using the OpenNebula Sunstone web interface.

Accounts are provided by request, send an email to <cloud@opennebula.org> to get yours! More information in the opennebula.org cloud page.