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OpenNebula Cloud Management Platform Celebrates Five Years

Five years of innovation in open source cloud computing

In OpenNebula, we have a lot to celebrate around here lately, including our fifth anniversary. Although OpenNebula started as a research project more than 7 years ago, it was in november 2007 when we created the OpenNebula open-source project. Since then, 12 stable versions have been released in a rapid release cycle to accelerate the transfer of innovation to the market, and OpenNebula has evolved into an active open-source project with a steadily growing community that, by many measures is more than doubling each year.

Some figures of the project:

  • 500 validated users in our development infrastructure
  • More than 100 active contributors
  • More than 1,100 subscribed users in the mailing list
  • More than 2,000 registered users in our demo cloud
  • More than 5,000 downloads per month only from our repository
  • More than 70,000 visits, 700,000 page views and 2,000,000 hits per month to our site
  • Tens of thousands of deployments around the globe

What's more interesting behind these figures is the quality of our community and their valuable contributions that includeIndustry and Research leaders building enterprise private clouds, cloud services, and clouds for HPC and Science. According to C12G's latest Cloud Architecture Survey, the majority of OpenNebula deployments, 43 percent, are in business accounts compared to 17 percent in research, and less than 10 percent in academia.  It is encouraging to receive such a great feedback from you.

We are extremely happy with the organic growth of the project. It's seven years old, it's parked in some of the biggest organizations out there, and that all happened without any investment in marketing, just offering the most advanced and innovative solution for cloud management. An active and engaged community, along with our focus on solving real user needs in innovative ways and the involvement of the users in a fully vendor-agnostic project, constitute the OpenNebula's recipe to success.

We're now looking towards the next five years and continuing to focus on making sure OpenNebula continues to be the most solid, powerful and flexible open-source management platform to build and manage enterprise clouds. If you haven't had a chance yet, please check out all of the new features of OpenNebula 3.8. And, as always, feel free to contact us with any questions!

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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