OpenNebula in Ubuntu

The Ubuntu server team intends to offer a set of new software packages related to cloud computing in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope), due to be released in April 2009. Most notably:

OpenNebula
Provides a very convenient abstraction of computational ressources (both local (in your on data center) and remote (on Amazon’s EC2, for instance)).
Eucalyptus
Provides an EC2-like cloud, so that you can set up your very own local EC2).

I’m pleased to announce that as of a couple of days ago, the first of these, OpenNebula, is now available.

There are five packages in total, of which only two are going to be of general interest:

  • opennebula

    This is the core of opennebula. It contains oned, mm_sched and
    everything else that you’d find in a regular OpenNebula installation.
    Additionally, it creates an ssh key pair for the oneadmin user, to
    ease in setting up connections to other nodes.

  • opennebula-node

    As you may know if you’re a current OpenNebula user, OpenNebula doesn’t
    actually need any parts of OpenNebula installed on its nodes. All it
    needs is ssh access from the OpenNebula server and access to a hypervisor.
    Hence, this package installs the hypervisor packages (kvm and
    libvirt-bin) and prepares the oneadmin user.

If you have any feedback, please don’t hesitate to shout, and also feel
free to report any bugs here:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/opennebula/+filebug

A word of caution: Ubuntu 9.04 is still very much work in progress. Do
not use this in a production environment. If it breaks, you get to keep
both pieces. :)

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