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June 2020 – OpenNebula Newsletter

Our newsletter contains the highlights of the OpenNebula project and its Community throughout the month.

Technology

There’s little doubt that the main event this month has been the release of our new version, the spectacular OpenNebula 5.12 “Firework”! After several months of hard work, here you have a release we feel especially proud of. Now, thanks to the integration with both Firecracker and Docker Hub, OpenNebula has become a real alternative for implementing an agile and serverless cloud paradigm for containerized workloads! Here you’ll find, for instance, an interesting comparative between our orchestration model for application containers and a solution based on Kubernetes 🤓

But that is only one of the many novelties that this new release brings along, so we invite you to have a look at its official micro-site, watch the presentation webinar that’s now available on-demand, and take some time to discover “Firework” in more detail. We promise it won’t disappoint you! And if you want to find out where its code-name comes from, you can read all the details in this guest post by astrophysicist Jordi Burguet-Castell

But wait, there’s more! This month we’ve also announced our new Enterprise Edition, a more tested, hardened, and production-ready version of OpenNebula that incorporates additional bug fixes developed by OpenNebula Systems and software patches with minor enhancements, along with a series of Enterprise Tools to simplify upgrades and the maintenance of OpenNebula clouds in production environments.


Community

June has been a month with lots of Community events! We have to say a big thank you to all the members of the OpenNebula Community, Champions and Technological Partners that have helped us organize this month’s events. Our first virtual Techday of the year, for example, wouldn’t have been possible without the invaluable support of our local community in Barcelona. Kudos to CSUC (Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya) and Cloud Admins Barcelona!

Yesterday we published the results of the OpenNebula Architecture Survey 2020. Thanks to all of you who participated in this survey! Your contributions to this initiative, as always, are essential for ensuring that we maintain a proper focus on you, our community of users, and your evolving needs. This is the fifth architectural survey of OpenNebula since 2012 📊

And this month we’ve also published a blog post explaining how OpenNebula is contributing to GAIA-X, the project that aims to achieve an open, federated, secure and trustworthy data and cloud infrastructure for Europe. We are bringing to the table our expertise in distributed and federated cloud environments, hyperconverged cloud infrastructures, complex storage and virtual networking architectures, management and automation tools for large cloud deployments, and Edge Computing. We’ll keep you posted about this amazing initiative!


Outreach

Our team has also been busy participating at external events like OpenExpo Europe, where we delivered a talk on “the past, present and future of OpenNebula” and presented OneEdge, our current project on Edge Computing. And our new Webinar series has also been a source of inspiration and knowledge, providing a chance to discover the new LXD 4.0 and explore how OpenNebula can be used to deploy and manage LXD system containers. Many thanks to Stéphane Graber, Technical Lead for LXD at Canonical, for joining our webinar as guest speaker!

And speaking of events… please remember that our OpenNebula Conference 2020, that was going to take place in Brussels (Belgium) later this year, has been re-scheduled for late April 2021 due to the current COVID-19 crisis.

PS: Take care of yourselves and of those around you. All our support to those who are fighting the pandemic on the front lines! 💪

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Alberto P. Martí

Open Source Community Manager at OpenNebula

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