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Why OpenNebula? Because It Simply Works!

Why would you recommend OpenNebula to a colleague? The main reasons for using OpenNebula have changed little.

“Because it simply works” is the most frequent answer to the question “Why would you recommend OpenNebula to a colleague?” that OpenNebula makes to its users in a short survey that tells them how they are doing. Other frequent answers are “Because it is easy to install, maintain and update” or  “Because it is easy to customize”. “Rich functionality and stability” and “support for VMware” are also frequently mentioned by the survey respondents.

 

The main reasons for using OpenNebula have changed little since they wrote a first post with the Top 10 a couple of years ago. Thanks to community feedback, they have seen that enterprise readiness, simplicity and maturity are now within the top reasons for choosing OpenNebula:

  • Powerful and Innovative: Most advanced and innovative enterprise-class functionality for the management of virtualized data centers to build private, public and hybrid clouds
  • Infrastructure Agnostic: Fully platform independent with broad support for commodity and enterprise-grade hypervisor, storage and networking resources, allowing to leverage existing IT infrastructure, protecting your investments, and avoiding vendor lock-in
  • Adaptable, Extensible and Integrable: Open, adaptable and extensible architecture, interfaces and components to build your customized cloud service or product
  • Interoperable: Cloud interoperability and portability providing cloud consumers with choice across standards and most popular cloud interfaces
  • Fully Open Source: OpenNebula is not a feature or performance limited edition of an Enterprise version, OpenNebula is truly open-source code, not open core, distributed under Apache license
  • Very Light Solution: Despite its technical sophistication and advanced functionality, OpenNebula is easy to download, install and update
  • Stable and Proven: Rigorously tested through an internal quality assurance process and by a large community with scalability, reliability and performance tested on many massive scalable production deployments
  • Mature: Development driven by user needs and matured through many release cycles
  • Enterprise-class Product: OpenNebula comprises all key functionalities for enterprise cloud computing, storage and networking in a single install, and ensures its long term stability and performance through a single integrated patching and updating process
  • One-stop Support: Wide variety of community and commercial support from the developers of OpenNebula

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.

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