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Open Source Release of the OpenNebula Apps Suite

Automatic configuration and management of complex multi-tiered applications on OpenNebula clouds

Continuing its strong commitment to open-source and to the OpenNebula community, C12G Labs has just announced the open-source release of OpenNebulaApps, a suite of tools for users and administrators of OpenNebula clouds to simplify and optimize multi-tiered application management. The new software has been released under Apache license and will be incorporated into the main distribution of OpenNebula. After the announcement made two weeks ago about the public distribution of OpenNebula Maintenance Updates and Service Packs, the incorporation of this innovative functionality consolidates OpenNebula's position as the most advanced, enterprise-ready open-source cloud management platform.

OpenNebulaApps provides a service management layer on top of OpenNebula infrastructure management capabilities by configuring the stack in the virtual machines, managing multi-tiered services, and building a private market to distribute appliances across several OpenNebula instances. Because Cloud applications consist of stacks of software components, OpenNebulaApps contributes to significantly reduce the time needed to build, distribute, and run new applications. The suite includes:

  • AppStage to perform the automatic installation and configuration of the software stack that constitutes an application environment, enabling you to easily define software configurations for your virtual machines and share them with other users
  • AppFlow to enable the automatic execution of multi-tiered applications composed of interconnected virtual machines, managing them as a single entity
  • AppMarket to build a centralized and private catalog of cloud applications to share and distribute virtual appliances across different OpenNebula instances.

This new enterprise functionality, along with the existing production-ready processes for software release, Q&A and upgrade, and the availability of several support options directly from developers, reduces cost and complexity of building and operating OpenNebula clouds and ensures its long term stability and performance.

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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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