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OpenNebula 3.8 Beta Cloud Management Platform Is Out

Most Solid, Powerful and Flexible Open-source Cloud Management Platform

The OpenNebula Project has just announced a new release, OpenNebula 3.8 Beta (Twin Jet), of its fully open-source, widely-used cloud platform for managing a data center's virtual infrastructure. As in previous releases, the software brings countless valuable contributions from many industry, research and academia members of its large user community. Twin Jet brings many new features cloud management and stabilizes features that were introduced in previous versions:

  • Tighter integration with VMware and KVM, which are the most widely used hypervisors in OpenNebula clouds. Twin Jet features an improved storage VMware interface with native support for VMFS and integration with cgroups and SPICE on KVM deployments
  • Wider support for with heterogeneous infrastructures using multiple hypervisors.
  • Seamless integration with the new Virtual Router in the OpenNebula marketplace to provide L3 services based on the OpenNebula virtual networks
  • Enhanced EC2 Query API server that now provides a complete implementation of the Elastic Block Store (EBS) and keypairs
  • Enhanced OCCI Cloud API that now brings new actions and hotplugging functionality
  • Extended virtual machine life-cycle to enhance robustness and integration capabilities
  • New features in the Sunstone and Self-service portals

OpenNebula is fully open-source software distributed and licensed for use under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0. An important effort has been made to synchronize the packaging format used by the OpenNebula project and those used by the Linux distributions. This will make even more easier to get and set OpenNebula up and running. Binary packages are available for the main Linux distributions.

As usual OpenNebula releases are named after a Nebula. The Twin Jet Nebula (Minkowski 2-9, abbreviated M2-9 ) is a planetary nebula that was discovered by Rudolph Minkowski in 1947. It is located about 2,100 light-years away from Earth.

OpenNebula delivers the most feature-rich, customizable, open solution to build enterprise virtualized data centers and private clouds on Xen, KVM and VMware. OpenNebula is an active project with a very large user base, more than 5,000 downloads per month and thousands of deployments that include leading research centers like CERN, FermiLab and ESA; supercomputing centers like SARA and NCHC; telecom operators like RIM, China Mobile and Telefonica O2; and integrators like Logica, Engineering and KPMG. C12G Labs, the company behind the project, delivers a commercial distribution of OpenNebula for organizations looking for a certified, long-term supported platform.

More Stories By Ignacio M. Llorente

Dr. Llorente is Director of the OpenNebula Project and CEO & co-founder at C12G Labs. He is an entrepreneur and researcher in the field of cloud and distributed computing, having managed several international projects and initiatives on Cloud Computing, and authored many articles in the leading journals and proceedings books. Dr. Llorente is one of the pioneers and world's leading authorities on Cloud Computing. He has held several appointments as independent expert and consultant for the European Commission and several companies and national governments. He has given many keynotes and invited talks in the main international events in cloud computing, has served on several Groups of Experts on Cloud Computing convened by international organizations, such as the European Commission and the World Economic Forum, and has contributed to several Cloud Computing panels and roadmaps. He founded and co-chaired the Open Grid Forum Working Group on Open Cloud Computing Interface, and has participated in the main European projects in Cloud Computing. Llorente holds a Ph.D in Computer Science (UCM) and an Executive MBA (IE Business School), and is a Full Professor (Catedratico) and the Head of the Distributed Systems Architecture Group at UCM.