v.5.8 “Edge” is ready!
OpenNebula 5.8 “Edge” is the fifth major release of the OpenNebula 5 series. As you will have seen in recent communications around the “beta” releases, we have focused on introducing enhanced features on the solid base of 5.6 Blue Flash, while highlighting several Edge-focused features to bring the processing power of VMs closer to the consumers, and to dramatically reduce latency. As outlined earlier, 5.8 Edge comes with the following major features:
- Support for LXD. This enables low resource container orchestration. LXD containers are ideal to run on low consumption devices closer to the customers.
- Automatic NIC selection. This enhancement of the OpenNebula scheduler will alleviate the burden of VM/container Template management in edge environments where the remote hosts can be potentially heterogeneous, with different network configurations.
- Distributed Data Centers. This feature is key for the edge cloud. OpenNebula now offers the ability to use bare metal providers to build remote clusters in a breeze, without needing to change the workload nature. We are confident that this is a killer feature that sets OpenNebula apart from the direct competitors in the space.
- Scalability improvements. Orchestrating an edge cloud will be demanding in terms of the number of VMs, containers and hypervisors to manage. OpenNebula 5.8 brings to the table a myriad of improvements to the monitoring, pool management and GUI, to deliver a smooth user experience in large scale environments.
In perfect alignment with the Edge Nebula, the aim of OpenNebula 5.8, is to provide computing power on a wide geographic surface to offer services closer to customers, building a cloud managed from a single portal over very thin infrastructure.
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.
OpenNebula 5.8 Edge is considered to be a stable release, and as such an update is available in production environments.