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OpenNebula book released!

I am pleased to announce that the first book on OpenNebula, rumored a few months ago, is finally available!

The book has been published by Packt Publishing and is a practical step-by-step guide for newcomers, including:

  • Planning the hardware infrastructure and keeping resources and hardware under monitoring
  • Installing OpenNebula, from sources or binary distribution and configuring it on your front-end host
  • Installing and configuring KVM, Xen and VMware ESXi on your hosts, building from sources when needed
  • Integrating with existing NAS/SAN infrastructure or providing flexible and scalable storage with distributed file-systems (GlusterFS, MooseFS)
  • Managing day to day virtual instances via both command-line and Sunstone web interfaces
  • Monitoring infrastructure continuously using Ganglia
  • Extending your private cloud with resources from Amazon EC2
  • Providing Cloud resources to external facilities through EC2 and OCCI interfaces

You can view the sample chapter and prefaces of the book, including the foreword section written by Ignacio M. Llorente and Rubén S. Montero on PacktLib (or you can download the sample chapter in PDF format).

Cloud Interoperability and Portability with OpenNebula

OpenNebula 2.0 emphasizes interoperability and portability, providing cloud users and administrators with choice across most popular cloud interfaces, hypervisors and public clouds for hybrid cloud computing deployments, and with a flexible software that can be installed in any hardware and software combination. The functionality provided by the new version of OpenNebula and the components in its quickly growing ecosystem enable:

Because two data centers are not the same, building a cloud computing infrastructure requires the integration and orchestration of the underlying existing IT systems, services and processes. OpenNebula enables interoperability and portability, recognizing that our users have data-centers composed of different hardware and software components for security, virtualization, storage, and networking. Its open, architecture, interfaces and components provide the flexibility and extensibility that many enterprise IT shops need for internal cloud adoption. You only have to chose the right design and configuration in your Cloud architecture depending on your existing IT architecture and the execution requirements of your service workload.

Ignacio M. Llorente

Release of OpenNebula 1.0 for Data Center Virtualization & Cloud Solutions

The dsa-research group is pleased to announce that a stable release (v1.0) of the OpenNebula (ONE) Virtual Infrastructure Engine is available for download under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0. ONE enables the dynamic allocation of virtual machines on a pool of physical resources, so extending the benefits of existing virtualization platforms from a single physical resource to a pool of resources, decoupling the server not only from the physical infrastructure but also from the physical location.

Main Features

The OpenNebula Virtual Infrastructure Engine differentiates from existing VM managers in its highly modular and open architecture designed to meet the requirements of cluster administrators. The last version supports Xen and KVM virtualization platforms to provide the following features and capabilities:

  • Centralized management, a single access point to manage a pool of VMs and physical resources.
  • Efficient resource management, including support to build any capacity provision policy and for advance reservation of capacity through the Haizea lease manager
  • Powerful API and CLI interfaces for monitoring and controlling VMs and physical resources
  • Easy 3rd party software integration to provide a complete solution for the deployment of flexible and efficient virtual infrastructures
  • Fault tolerant design, state is kept in a SQLite database.
  • Open and flexible architecture to add new infrastructure metrics and parameters or even to support new Hypervisors.
  • Support to access Amazon EC2 resources to supplement local resources with cloud resources to satisfy peak or fluctuating demands.
  • Ease of installation and administration on UNIX clusters
  • Open source software released under Apache license v2.0
  • As engine for the dynamic management of VMs, OpenNebula is being enhanced in the context of the RESERVOIR project (EU grant agreement 215605) to address the requirements of several business use cases.

More details at http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=documentation:rn-rel1.0

Relevant Links

  • Benefits and Features: http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=about
  • Documentation: http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=documentation
  • Release Notes: http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=documentation:rn-rel1.0
  • Download: http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=software
  • Ecosystem: http://www.opennebula.org/doku.php?id=ecosystem