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C12G Labs Releases OpenNebula 4.0 Cloud Management Platform

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The OpenNebula project has just announced the immediate availability of OpenNebula 4.0 Eagle. The project has come a long way since the first "technology preview" of OpenNebula five years ago. During these years it has witnessed the rise and hype of the Cloud, the birth and decline of several virtualization technologies, but specially the encouraging and exciting growth of OpenNebula; both as a technology and as an active and engaged community.

OpenNebula 4.0 is the result of the terrific feedback of the day-to-day operation of virtualized infrastructures by many of its users, result of all their contributions, bug reports, patches, and translations, but one and foremost, OpenNebula 4.0 is the realization of a vision of simplicity, openness, code-correctness and a sysadmin-centric approach. This defines its personality as a community, it defines the OpenNebula Way.

OpenNebula 4.0 includes new features in most of its subsystems. It is showing for the first time a completely redesigned Sunstone, with a fresh and modern look and an updated workflow for most of the dialogs. The also new Sunstone Views functionality allows to customize the GUI for each type of user or group, so the interface implements a different provisioning model for each role. A whole new set of operations for VMs like system and disk snapshoting, capacity re-sizing, programmable VM actions and IPv6 among others. There are some new drivers also, like Ceph; as well as improvements for VMware, KVM and Xen. The scheduler has received some attention from the OpenNebula team to easily define more placement policies... and much more.

As enterprise-ready product, each OpenNebula Series is maintained for three years, in few days it will release the first Service Pack for the OpenNebula 3 Series.

As usual OpenNebula releases are named after a Nebula. The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and also known as the Star Queen Nebula) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745-46. It is located about 7,000 light-years away from Earth.

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The Project has created a series of screencasts to illustrate the most improtant features of OpenNebula 4.0.

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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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