OpenNebula Newsletter – October 2018

Our newsletter contains the highlights of the OpenNebula project and its Community throughout the month.

Technology

This month the team released vOneCloud version 3.2.1, which is based on OpenNebula 5.6.1, and as such, it includes all the bug fixes and functionalities introduced in 5.6.1

A few examples include:

  • 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.

For more details of what is included in vOneCloud 3.2.1, check the Release Notes.

There are several other items “in the oven”, getting ready for release.  Here are a few:

  • We’ve been working on making Virtual Network self-provisioning easier, by allowing end-users to create their own networks from pre-defined network templates.
  • We are making continued progress on the LXD drivers, and getting them in shape for version 5.8.
  • Very soon vCenter users will be able to download any appliance from the Marketplace. OpenNebula datastore drivers will take care of any image conversion required.
  • Lastly, King has “Funded a Feature” through our FaF program – this one allowing Virtual Machines to define automatic network selection for their NICs. The scheduler will pick the best Virtual Network at deployment time. This will simplify the VM Template management, as it will reduce the overall number of templates needed.

Community

Across the OpenNebula User Community, we continue to see interesting and important conversation and discussion.

Leboncoin posted a thorough overview on their own blog of their infrastructure needs – including High Availability and Production stability – along with details on how their choice of using OpenNebula has helped them to successfully build and manage their own IaaS environment.  Take a moment to read the article.

“[The] OpenNebula community is also particularly active and new features are coming out regularly.”

Nodeweaver posted that they have an update being prepared to allow for single-click deployment of their Terraformer VM which integrates Ansible and Terraform to manage OpenNebula resources.  Along with this, in the near future, expect to see the VM available for use in the OpenNebula Marketplace.

LINBIT has been working on a new storage driver that integrates LINSTOR with OpenNebula. Some of the features are:

  • Deploy disk images to storage nodes automatically, or on selected nodes.
  • Attach images to hosts over the network.
  • Easy deployment of highly available images.
  • Allows live migration of VMs, even using the ssh system datastore transfer manager

LINBIT will be leading the effort to create this as an OpenNebula Add-On, so “keep your eyes peeled”.

Though more generic, here’s a quick reference to an interesting article about the ongoing transformation of Data Centers.

And lastly, as we communicated late in September, OpenNebula released an initial prototype, (with source code and packages available at the OpenNebula GitHub), for Host Provisioning.  We continue to develop this set of capabilities. In the meantime, we published a Blog post reviewing a practical exercise we carried out using this Host Provisioning feature to demonstrate its value as the case for Edge Computing continues to grow.

Outreach

October is a long month, and we have been busy, but mostly with our sights set on November! We’ve put in a great amount of planning into this year’s OpenNebula Conference 2018, which is scheduled for November 12-13 in Amsterdam.  We have a great agenda of speakers lined up, with Hands-on tutorials, and plenty of opportunity to network, share, and discuss with experts and practitioners in the cloud community.  We look forward to seeing many of you in Amsterdam. For those who cannot attend, we will be providing updates, presentation documents, and videos from the #OpenNebulaConf.

In addition, OpenNebula will be attending the VMworld Europe Conference in Barcelona from November 5-8.  We’ll be there ready to showcase OpenNebula’s integration with VMware Cloud on AWS, along with the new features of both OpenNebula 5.6 and vOneCloud 3.2.1.  Be sure to swing by booth #E422!

Soon enough, 2019 will be here.  Start thinking about hosting an OpenNebula TechDay!

We’ll see you in November! Stay Connected!

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