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OpenNebula in EU Initiative to Build a Multi-site Cloud

Ignacio M. Llorente

Chief Executive Officer at OpenNebula Systems

Sep 9, 2010

BonFIRE is a 8,5-million-Euro EU-funded initiative (EU grant agreement 257386) funded by the 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme) under the Future Internet Experimental Facility and Experimentally-driven Research (ICT-2009.1.6) area, aimed at designing, building and operating a multi-site cloud facility to support applications, services and systems research targeting the Internet of Services community within the Future Internet.

BonFIRE will operate a Cloud facility based on an Infrastructure as a Service delivery model with guidelines, policies and best practices for experimentation. BonFIRE will adopt a federated multi-platform approach providing interconnection and interoperation between novel service and networking testbeds. The platform will offer advanced services and tools for services research including cloud federation, virtual machine management, service modelling, service lifecycle management, service level agreements, quality of service monitoring and analytics.

The BonFIRE project brings together a consortium of world leading industrial and academic organisations in cloud computing to deliver a robust, reliable and sustainable facility for large scale experimentally-driven cloud research. Multinational companies (ATOS, HP, SAP), renowned universities and super computing centres (DSA-Research@UCM, EPCC, HLRS Stuttgart, IBBT, TUB), research centres (IT Innovation, FhG Fokus, INRIA, i2CAT) and technology analysts (451 Group) provide the complimentary expertise and infrastructure resources necessary to accelerate the research and development within the Internet of Services community.

OpenNebula will provide the EU FP7 project with a powerful technoloy to build IaaS clouds supporting the cloud management functionality, the integration capabilities and the scalability and reliability to run large-scale experiments for future internet research. This news consolidates OpenNebula’s position at the cutting edge of cloud computing technology worldwide, following two recent announcements of its participation in the EU’s StratusLab project, aimed at bringing cloud and virtualization to grid computing, and its participation in the EU’s 4CaaSt project, aimed at building the PaaS cloud of the future.

OpenNebula is the leading and most advanced framework for cloud computing, with excellent performance and scalability to manage tens of thousands of VMs. OpenNebula is the result of many years of research and development in efficient and scalable management of virtual machines on large-scale distributed infrastructures. Its innovative features have been developed to address the requirements of business use cases from leading companies in the context of flagship European projects in cloud computing. OpenNebula is being used as an open platform for innovation in several international projects to research the challenges that arise in cloud management, and also as production-ready tool in both academia and industry to manage clouds.

Ignacio M. Llorente


  1. Miha Ahronovitz

    There are two aspects of product management that I hope are or might be included in this project: One is to determine who the users are (of IaaS, of PaaS and of Saas as part of the revenues stream generated for Bonfire cloud customers from their customers. The second aspect is to study the viability of the whole Bonfire concept as a product to be sold to large organizations or, in a scaled down version, to any organization. While doing this, research on the borderline of when such a private cloud is justified economically is also important.

    If there is any product life cycle management as a result can have the magic outcome of paying substantially for the 8.5M investment and even making a profit. See slides from

    The product management aspect may make the research attractive commercially, once it is completed

    • imllorente

      Thanks, we will send your feedback to the project consortium. Regards


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