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Time flies, and we are approaching the end of another successful year at OpenNebula!. We've had a lot to celebrate around here during 2012, including our fifth anniversary. We took that opportunity to look back at how the project has grown in the last five years. We are extremely happy with the organic growth of the project. It's five years old, it's parked in some of the biggest organizations out there, and that all happened without any investment in marketing, just offering the most innovative and flexible open-source solution for data center virtualization and enterprise cloud management. An active and engaged community, along with our focus on solving real user needs in innovative ways and the involvement of the users in a fully vendor-agnostic project, constitute, in our view, the OpenNebula's recipe to success. As 2012 draws to and end, we'd like to review wh... (more)

OpenNebula vs. OpenStack: User Needs vs. Vendor Driven

This post is a reprint of a post at OpenNebula.org We've crafted this post to answer a recurring question we've been hearing lately, specially from organizations planning to build their own private cloud: How do you compare OpenNebula with OpenStack?... This is indeed a complex question. There is no single answer because open-source projects and technologies present several dimensions. But we are far from afraid to answer it: the short, tl;dr version would be that they represent two different open-source models. While OpenNebula is an open-source effort focused on user needs, OpenStack is a vendor-driven effort. This is neither a question of one being better than the other, they simply represent different approaches. Let us compare both open source options based on the following criteria: internal organization, governance model, roadmap definition, contributor pro... (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)

OpenNebula Releases Xen Cloud Platform Integration Prototype

The OpenNebula project has just announced the release of a development version of the new plug-ins to build clouds based on Xen Cloud Platform. This new prototype, developed by C12G Labs and first result of the collaboration between OpenNebula and Xen announced last week, allows users to build and manage OpenNebula clouds on XCP. The new components, which are available for download as a new OpenNebula ecosystem project, bring the rich capabilities of XenAPI to OpenNebula. XCP provides a complete cloud platform to OpenNebula, with enhanced security, storage and network virtualization. Meanwhile, OpenNebula provides cloud orchestration to XCP with adaptable, extensible, proven, and interoperable data center virtualization management. The OpenNebula project provides support for the deployment and tuning of the new drivers through its ecosystem mailing list. ... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

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)

OpenNebula Cloud Computing Topic Launched on Ulitzer

OpenNebula Cloud topic launched today on Ulitzer, as the leading information source for this open source Cloud Computing platform. OpenNebula, which was was born as a research project in 2005 by Dr. Rubén S. Montero,  Dr. Ignacio M. Llorente, is an open and flexible tool that fits into existing data center environments to build any type of Cloud deployment. 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. The OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit is a widely used o... (more)

OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit Goes Commercial

The authors of the widely used OpenNebula toolkit have founded a company to provide value-added enterprise-solutions around this leading open source technology for cloud computing. C12G Labs has been created to address the growing demand for commercial support and services around OpenNebula. "Our experience is that one single cloud solution does not fit all the requirements and constraints from any data center. We provide our partners with technology and services to build their custom cloud solution, product or service", said Ignacio M. Llorente, co-lead of the OpenNebula open-source project and Chief Executive Advisor of C12G Labs. "We are very excited with this new venture that will contribute to the future sustainability of OpenNebula. This open-source cloud-enabling technology will continue being distributed under Apache license and matured through a vibrant co... (more)

Open Architecture and Interfaces for Cloud Computing Interoperability

OpenNebula has been designed to be easily adapted to any infrastructure and easily extended with new components.  The result is a modular system that can implement a variety of Cloud architectures and can interface with multiple datacenter services. In the new white paper OpenNebula APIs, C12G reviews the main interfaces of OpenNebula, their use and gives pointers to additional documentation for each one. Interfaces are classified in two categories: end-user cloud and system interfaces. Cloud interfaces are primary used to develop tools targeted to the end-user, and they provide a high level abstraction of the functionality provided by the Cloud. On the other hand, the system interfaces expose the full functionality of OpenNebula and are mainly used to adapt and tune the behavior of OpenNebula to the target infrastructure. ... (more)

Who Is Using OpenNebula?

There are more than 100 downloads of OpenNebula per day from its download site, and there have been more than 50,000 downloads since the project released its first version in March 2008. Additionally, the code can be also downloaded from its software repository and from the several commercial and open-source distributions embedding this leading technology for cloud management. Some weeks ago the OpenNebula project started an initiative to create a list of organizations using OpenNebula. This ended up being more difficult than they expected given that many of their 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 the project to include their names on the list. The reason behind this is that cloud computing is a strategy move for most of these companies. ... (more)

C12G Labs Delivers Accounting and Authentication Addons for OpenNebula 3.0

After the release of OpenNebula 3.0 (IRIS), C12G Labs is pleased to announce that a development version of the OpenNebula Addons has been contributed to the OpenNebula Project. The major objective with this release is to provide compatiblity between the Addons and the new OpenNebula 3.0. The contributed components are: LDAP Authentication Module that permits users to have the same credentials as in LDAP, so effectively centralizing authentication. Now tested against OpenNebula 3.0. Accounting Toolset that visualizes and reports resource usage data, and allows their integration with chargeback and billing platforms. Now tested against OpenNebula 3.0. The VMware Driver Addon, which enables the management of an OpenNebula cloud based on VMware ESX and VMware Server hypervisors, has been available since the Beta release of OpenNebula 3.0. The OpenNebula Project endorse... (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)