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VMworld EU 2015 Buzz: Meeting OpenNebula

October 28th, 2015

Adding some more colour to the highlights from my VMworld Europe 2015 coverage:


2015-10-13 13.43.58I spent quiet a bit of time in the Solutions Exchange and made a point of going through the New Innovators section. I found OpenNebula which seems a very simple private cloud enabler which piqued my interest after worrying about the complexity of vRealize Automation and vCloud Director for private cloud. It seems a very simple solution, download an .OVA, suck in your templates and then provide a portal to clients to be able to deploy cloud like those templates, very simple just what many companies need. I believe it is even open source with an Apache license.

Open Nebula says it is an enterprise-ready turnkey solution for deploying private clouds, You can use KVM, Xen or ESXi as your hypervisor and can also layer it over vCenter to provide a multi-tenant private cloud.

As a consumer you can use AWS EC2 and EBS APIs, it has a marketplace of appliances ready to be run in OpenNebula, has chargeback/accounting, auditing, RBAC, quotas, etc. a pretty comprehensive list of features.

Community support is available or you can pay for commercial support straight from the developers.

I will certainly be downloading their software and having a look.


  1. Paul
    October 28th, 2015 at 11:47 | #1

    Hi Julian,

    if your looking for a vRealize alternative, try out CloudBolt. Its not free but very reasonably priced.

    We’re currently using it and have been extremely please with it. I think they’re now doing 25 free licenses so you can try it out.


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