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Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

The OpenNebula Position on the OpenStack Announcement

As many of you know, a new open-source cloud platform, OpenStack, was recently announced. Here at OpenNebula, we think this is a very exciting development in the cloud community, and we're glad to see so many major players coalescing around an open-source solution. However, we have also been concerned by the all the high-profile announcements and opinion pieces that describe OpenStack as the first initiative for the definition of an open architecture for IaaS cloud computing and a "real" open-source project, criticizing some existing open-source cloud projects as being "open-core" closed initiatives (in some cases conflating "open-core" with "having an Enterprise edition"), and pointing out their lack of extensibility and inability to efficiently scale to manage tens of thousand of VMs. This is the reason why we have decided to write this post in order to clearly ... (more)

New OpenNebula Release and QA Strategy

Continuing its strong commitment to open-source and to the OpenNebula community, C12G has just announced that every OpenNebula Maintenance Release and Service Pack will be made publicly available at the community site. From release 3.8, the OpenNebula community will enjoy the benefits of the OpenNebulaPro distribution including the C12G’s Quality Assurance processes. This change in the Release and Q&A Strategy of OpenNebula will bring many benefits to all stakeholders: Community users will now have access to a more frequently updated, certified enterprise-ready software distribution. The OpenNebula community will have access to regular Maintenance Releases with fixes and minor enhancements; as well as to Service Packs that will extend the life of each OpenNebula series for up to three years. Commercial support subscribers will receive production level support for ... (more)

OpenNebula 1.2 for Data Center Virtualization & Private Cloud Computing

We have just announced the availability of OpenNebula 1.2, the second stable release of the project. This is an important milestone for the project and marks that most of the components of OpenNebula are now in place. See this post with the details of the first release. What is OpenNebula? The OpenNebula virtual infrastructure engine provides efficient, dynamic and scalable management of groups of interconnected VMs within datacenters involving a large amount of virtual and physical servers. OpenNebula supports Xen and KVM platforms and can interface with remote cloud sites, being the only tool able to access on-demand to Amazon EC2 to dynamically scale the local infrastructure based on actual usage. OpenNebula also exhibits an open and flexible architecture which allows the definition of new algorithms for virtual machine placement, and its integration with any virt... (more)

OpenNebula Implements the OGF Open Cloud Computing Interface Draft Spec

Last Friday, the OpenNebula project announced the implementation of the OGF OCCI draft specification.  The release, that will be part of OpenNebula 1.4,  includes a server implementation, clients command for using the service and enabling access to the full functionality of the OCCI interface, and several supporting documents. The last version of this open source toolkit for cloud computing, available for download in beta release, also brings libvirt, EC2 Query API, and a powerful CLI, and all of them can be used on the same OpenNebula instance, so users can use their favorite interface. In fact, OpenNebula brings support to develop other Cloud interfaces. Moreover all those interfaces can be used on any of the virtualization technologies supported, Xen, KVM and VMware. The Open Grid Forum (OGF) Open Cloud Computing Interface  (OCCI) Working Group was officially l... (more)

OpenNebula Takes Star Turn in Cloud Computing Innovation

OpenNebula Session at Cloud Expo "Most of its innovative features have been developed to address requirements from business use cases in RESERVOIR, flagship of European research initiatives in virtualized infrastructures and cloud computing," according to Ignacio M. Llorente, who will be leading a session about OpenNebula at Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! "The innovations comprise support for elastic multi-tier services; flexible and scalable back-end for virtualization, storage and networking management; and support for Cloud federation and interoperability," he writes. "The session will end with an introduction to the community and ecosystem evolving around OpenNebula and its contributions to ongoing standardization efforts in Cloud Computing." Ignacio M. Llorente, Ph.D in Computer S... (more)

C12G Announces OpenNebula Enterprise Edition v1.4

C12G has just announced the release of OpenNebula Enterprise Edition 1.4 (build 7eae48fa). OpenNebula EE 1.4 is an enterprise-grade distribution of the widely used OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit. The codebase for OpenNebula EE 1.4 is built from the last stable release of OpenNebula plus selected patches form the OpenNebula repository and additional bug fixes and features. OpenNebula EE 1.4 has been also extensively tested and certified for the most common platforms in the industry. OpeNebula EE 1.4 highlights are: Based in the most advanced open-source toolkit for building private, public and hybrid clouds, offering unique features for Cloud Management to administer the complexity of large-scale distributed infrastructures. Specific patches to improve the scalability of OpenNebula on thousands of cores Support for new heuristics for VM placement Stability fixes for the K... (more)

Building Your Open Source Private Cloud in Five Steps

C12G has just contributed to the OpenNebula Ecosystem its OpenNebula Express installer under GPL open-source license.This installer eases the installation and deployment of OpenNebula clouds. In few minutes you will get a fully operational cloud from a cluster with a a clean install of the operating system. This is the fastest track to cloud computing, enabling any organization to have an enterprise-grade cloud in four steps. OpenNebula is the most advanced solution for Cloud Computing. It can be adapted into any existing datacenter to build a private, public or hybrid cloud. Due to this flexibility, OpenNebula can be configured in many different ways, and at times, for new users, it might be challenging to read through the documentation to decide about the structure of their deployment. The aim of this innovative component is to provide a simple installer to deplo... (more)

Release of RESERVOIR Cloud Stack

RESERVOIR, flagship of European projects in cloud computing technology coordinated by IBM, has just announced the release of its cloud stack featuring Claudia Service Manager (Telefonica’s tool for automatic management of service scalability), OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit and security services for cloud federation. The RESERVOIR Cloud Stack supports the delivery of services on an on-demand basis, across countries, at competitive costs and without requiring a large capital investment in infrastructure. RESERVOIR enables the migration of resources across distributed administrative domains, maximizing resource exploitation, and minimizing costs to the end-user with guaranteed quality of service.  RESERVOIR defines an open federated infrastructure cloud architecture and delivers a framework of open source components you can download from the RESERVOIR website and integrat... (more)

OpenNebula: Open Source Cloud Management

What Is OpenNebula ? It is cloud management solution – industry standard open source cloud computing tool to manage the complexity and heterogeneity of distributed data center infrastructures. OpenNebula is a fully open-source management toolkit for on-premise Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing. OpenNebula can be primarily used as a virtualization tool to manage your virtual infrastructure in the data-center or cluster, which is usually referred as Private Cloud. OpenNebula supports Hybrid Cloud to combine local infrastructure with public cloud-based infrastructure, enabling highly scalable hosting environments. OpenNebula also supports Public Clouds by providing Cloud interfaces to expose its functionality for virtual machine, storage and network management. OpenNebula can be primarily used as a virtualization tool to manage your virtual infrastruc... (more)