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New OpenNebula Release and QA Strategy

Maintenance and Service Packs to Be Publicly Available to the Community

Continuing its strong commitment to open-source and to the OpenNebula community, C12G has just announced that every OpenNebula Maintenance Release and Service Pack will be made publicly available at the community site. From release 3.8, the OpenNebula community will enjoy the benefits of the OpenNebulaPro distribution including the C12G’s Quality Assurance processes.

This change in the Release and Q&A Strategy of OpenNebula will bring many benefits to all stakeholders:

  • Community users will now have access to a more frequently updated, certified enterprise-ready software distribution. The OpenNebula community will have access to regular Maintenance Releases with fixes and minor enhancements; as well as to Service Packs that will extend the life of each OpenNebula series for up to three years.
  • Commercial support subscribers will receive production level support for OpenNebula without having to wait for an additional certification process. All of the many benefits of C12G’s commercial support subscriptions will apply for OpenNebula cloud deployments. Also any community installation of OpenNebula can enter a support program without installing a new version of OpenNebula.

This new Release Strategy and Q&A Process, together with the existing Upgrade Process for production environments and the availability of several support options directly from developers, will reduce cost and complexity of your OpenNebula cloud and ensure its long term stability and performance.

There are now three different support options for OpenNebula:

  • Community Support for developers, researchers and technical enthusiasts to test and evaluate the capabilities of the software, and to build pre-production cloud environments.
  • Basic Support for corporations, research centers and governments that require expert support assistance with basic SLAs during customization and building phases or to operate non-production cloud environments for testing/development applications. The annual subscription rate for the basic support is a flat fee of 750 euros for unlimited servers.
  • Production Support for corporations, research centers and governments that require expert support assistance with production SLAs to operate cloud environments for production applications. The annual subscription rate for the production support varies with the level of service and the size of the cloud starting at 320 euros per server.

Basic and Production Support options are commercial support subscriptions that help sustain the OpenNebula project. Besides the long-term commercial support, utterly important to medium and large organizations, commercial support subscriptions bring additional benefits in terms of software, like access to the OpenNebulaApps suite or influence on the OpenNebula roadmap; documentation, with access to the PDF version of the guides and discounts in training; and legal protection.

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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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