Partner Profile: OpenNebula Systems

OpenNebula Systems, a leader in private cloud computing management, is a Technology Company started by the authors of OpenNebula and built on understanding the needs of its customers and partners as well as on delivering the Cloud Management Software, Support and Services to make them successful.

OpenNebula Systems offers a comprehensive set of support subscription services, through which customers and partners can get production level support or build a custom cloud infrastructure or solution. Among its customers are some of the world’s leading telecom operators, hosting providers and compute centers of leading research institutions.

OpenNebula is the result of more than 7 years of research and development in efficient and scalable management of virtual machines on large-scale distributed infrastructures. The technology has been designed to address the requirements of business use cases from leading companies in the context of flagship international projects in cloud computing. OpenNebula is a user-driven open-source project building a vendor-agnostic management platform to build clouds, proven by more than 5,000 clouds running worldwide, the largest with more than 270,000 cores, including leading organisations like BlackBerry, Runtastic, Akamai, BBC, China Mobile, etc; and research centers like the European Space Agency, FermiLab, etc. OpenNebula is a fully open-source and enterprise-ready solution without enterprise extensions, with a roadmap dictated by its most important assets, its users.

OpenNebula Systems is part of the BEACON consortium, and as such it will be involved in the architecture definition of the BEACON stack. Moreover, it will provide its expertise in OpenNebula to modify and extend its network capabilities to fit into the BEACON stack. These modifications are needed to enable cross site networking to federate cloud infrastructures. OpenNebula systems will lead the management of federated cloud infrastructure within BEACON, and actively participate in the management of federated cloud networking.

Other fundamental tasks for BEACON would be carried out through two case studies that will help define the requirements posed to the BEACON stack. The first use case study, Automated High Availability Across Datacenters, will introduce an advance in the state of the art of High Availability for Virtual Machines, namely the ability to create highly available Virtual Machines with cross-datacenter connections, not within one single datacenter as it is understood today.

The second introduced use case study by OpenNebula Systems dwells into the so called Datacenter Localisation Aware Elasticity, where services are self aware of its location and able to take advantage of location aware elasticity rules. This has huge implications at various levels, for instance if we take the example of implementing a Content Delivery Network, the ability to allocate resources close to the client, and thus reducing latency, can prove critical, as well as the possibility of taking into account location based security and legal constraints. These use cases stems from typical use cases of OpenNebula Systems customers on production environments, which help keeping BEACON into the right track of solving real world problems.