Abiquo 1.6 Released

Today we have announced next release of our revolutionary Cloud Management Software, Abiquo 1.6, that will begenerally available within 45 days. It includes an industry-standard API for Cloud administration, which speeds Cloud adoption by enabling enterprises to cost-effectively deploy and manage Cloud resources centrally. Further vendor independence support, with Citrix XenServer being added to the list of supported hypervisors, enterprise-class network management and multi-datacenter remote services.

“Abiquo’s latest release further demonstrates that we already deliver the management glue that Global 2000 enterprises and service providers need to connect virtual infrastructure resources for any hypervisor to create private clouds,” said Pete Malcolm, CEO of Abiquo. “We’re the first and only offering that delivers this while others are now only talking about vendor-specific solutions that won’t be available until 2011.” “With Abiquo 1.6’s new APIs and other advanced capabilities, companies of all sizes can now seamlessly connect and cost-effectively manage their internal and external virtual enterprises, datacenters, and processes from a single GUI.” 

Abiquo 1.5 was the industries first strategic cloud management solution that managed all aspects of the virtualization infrastructure, from the physical cores to the network and storage resources. It was vendor agnostic, allowing drag-and-drop V2V conversions between five of the most popular hypervisors, and practicle, designed from the ground up to be useful to enterprises.  It would allow users capture and store stateful virtual images in shared, private, and public image repositories. These repositories allowed customers to view all virtual images, centrally load gold images from an enterprise’s existing storage systems, and deploy them immediately. As a result, enterprises no longer needed to start from scratch on the Cloud; they could leverage and deploy these existing images. 

Now with version 1.6, Abiquo is offering a Cloud Operator API, inspired by Sun Public Cloud (Resource Cloud API), enabling an Operator to run a dynamic, scalable cloud that is configured based on automated capacity rules. With this interfaces, Abiquo has removed one of the biggest obstacles to adoption namely leverage and scalability because enterprises can now cost-effectively deploy and manage the growing Cloud resources centrally.

Extending Vendor Independence

Abiquo 1.6 increases vendor independence by adding Cloud management support and virtual to virtual conversion enablement for Citrix XenServer to Abiquo’s existing support for VMWare ESX and ESXi, Microsoft HyperV, KVM, VirtualBox and Xen hypervisors.

In addition, Abiquo 1.6 now offers extended Logical Volume Manager (LVM) storage support on Linux based Servers to manage iSCSI LUNs, adding to the existing support for OpenSolaris ZFS storage technology. The new LVM storage connector is ideal for small deployments or testing environments.

Increasing Enterprise-Class Capabilities

Abiquo 1.6 provides extended multi-datacenter remote services support, which allows the deployment of multiple datacenters without any special, high-end infrastructure requirements.

In addition, Abiquo 1.6 includes advanced network management capabilities including support for 802.1Q VLAN model with trunking, multiple NICs per Virtual machine, multiple Virtual LANS (VLANs) per virtual datacenter, named networks, fully configurable address spaces, Allocation Policy management based on VLAN availability, physical NIC customization, and support for DHCP Relays. These new capabilities are added to Abiquo’s existing network management capabilities including the ability to identify, purchase and assign public IP addresses at a targeted location as well as the ability to centrally track all networks running in virtual enterprises.

Combined, these new network management and multi-datacenter remote services capabilities increase the robustness and scalability of Abiquo’s vendor-independent cloud management solution. For more information about Abiquo, visit www.abiquo.com.

Abiquo 1.5 is here, it was announced today in conjuncture with our re-launch as a US based company. The first product to allow IT managers to automatically convert virtual machine images built for one hypervisor technology to any other hypervisor supported by the product, most significantly including VMWare to Hyper-V conversions, in a single drag-and-drop operation. This brings Abiquo significantly closer to its unique vision of delivering a platform for managing fully interoperable, vendor-neutral public and private clouds.

The Software allows IT operations managers, responsible for maintaining the hardware, to create and manage pooled computer resources, or Resource Clouds, from any servers virtualized by any supported hypervisor. This Resource Cloud can then be provisioned or sold to those that need it, the users of the IT resources. These consumers can then use Abiquo to create virtual datacenters through which they can deploy instantly bundled virtual servers, storage and other physical resource, and applications from public and private virtual image libraries. All through a highly visual drag-and-drop user interface.

“The Cloud computing market is saturated with technology hype and incomplete offerings that don’t deliver enterprises the practical Cloud management solutions they desperately need,” said Pete Malcolm, CEO, Abiquo. “In contrast with other vendors, Abiquo includes all the required components to provide immediate business benefits. For example, delegating virtual datacenter control provides a significant reduction to an IT organization’s workload and immediate user empowerment benefits, eliminating IT bottlenecks. In addition, Abiquo allows IT to maintain management and control of their IT infrastructure, achieve full elasticity of computing resources, and eliminate virtualization and Cloud vendor lock-in. Abiquo has been extensively tested by both the open source community and by early commercial adopters including Global 1000 enterprises.”

Abiquo’s Complete Solution
Key new features in Abiquo 1.5 include:

  • Microsoft Hyper-V Support
  • Automatic “drag and drop” VM conversion between all supported hypervisor types
  • Auto-discover machine resources and manage existing live Virtual Machines
  • Capture and store stateful Virtual Machines

“As enthusiastic users of the current Abiquo solution, we are excited to learn of the new features in version 1.5”, said Jordi Mas, CEO, Nexica, a leading European hosted infrastructure provider (www.nexica.com), “we are particularly impressed by the hypervisor conversion and automatic provisioning which will allow us to save significant time and resources”.

The new features build on the unique benefits Abiquo provides:

  • Multi-tenancy with Delegated provisioning and management of Virtual Enterprises
  • Enforceable Resource Limits to ensure risk-free operation
  • Policy based Workload Management with automatic VM assignment
  • Hypervisor agnostic, supporting VMWare, Hyper-V, Xen, KVM and Virtual Box
  • Image Libraries (public, shared and private) for VM images and bundled appliances
  • Web-based graphical user interface with role-based context
  • Fully supports open standards including OVF and Stream Optimized Format

“While server virtualization technologies are relatively mature, they do not provide the complete management infrastructure required to create a private cloud service,” said Cameron Haight, research vice president, Gartner. “A production oriented private or on-premise cloud architecture should have four key components: access management, service management, resource management and the underlying resource tier.”

We’ve launched a new version of our product: abiCloud. The version is a new release candidate for 1.0.0. You can download it for Linux or Windows from sourceforge.

Fixed bugs

  • [ABICLOUD-340] – Reset button never receives the ‘power on’ event.
  • [ABICLOUD-352] – Unexpected error bundling images: Cannot recover from error.
  • [ABICLOUD-356] – Power on events not received
  • [ABICLOUD-367] – Tracer: problem with column virtualmachine

Improvements

  • [ABICLOUD-346] – Add a ‘recalculate’ buton per datacenter to calculate the existing performance
  • [ABICLOUD-363] – Change USER section name like GROUPS

If you need support, you can get it from wiki.abiquo.com

We are glad to announce a new release candiate for major version 1.0.0 of the abiCloud project, an open-source cloud platform manager which allows to easily deploy a cloud computing infrastructure . Users can create, manage and scale complext IT architectures easily trough our impressive user interface. You can download it for Linux or Windows from sourceforge.

New Features

  • Infrastructure:
    • Added “Cancel” button. Now, the user can cancel the deploy. [BETA]

Fixed bugs

  • [ABICLOUD-262] – When a Virtual Machine does not start properly, the Virtual Machine stays in the hypervisor endlessly
  • [ABICLOUD-295] – Change 1.0.0-SNAPSHOT title to 1.0.0-RCx
  • [ABICLOUD-304] – GUI update on users view
  • [ABICLOUD-307] – user-unfriendly error message when creating a volume without available storage
  • [ABICLOUD-310] – “NULL” hypervisor name in event description
  • [ABICLOUD-312] – Erroneous event message when deleting a VirtualDataCenter with VirtualAppliances
  • [ABICLOUD-313] – I can’t change the virtual Machine name
  • [ABICLOUD-314] – Clone Physical Machine, hypervisor port is not clonned.
  • [ABICLOUD-315] – Better information when /opt/vm_repository is not well created
  • [ABICLOUD-316] – Bad visualization when I have an image with a long description
  • [ABICLOUD-323] – RIMP: error clonning disk, if the disk exist
  • [ABICLOUD-325] – Appliance Manager doesn’t works on Windows
  • [ABICLOUD-328] – Description text should word wrap in Virtual Machine information screen
  • [ABICLOUD-330] – Problems in a special case in Apply Changes functionality
  • [ABICLOUD-333] – I can’t modify the VDC name
  • [ABICLOUD-334] – RIMP: no mount nfs repository
  • [ABICLOUD-336] – Cannot upload virtual images
  • [ABICLOUD-337] – Passwords in virtual-factory and vsm are not in sync
  • [ABICLOUD-341] – IP pool is sorted lexicograph instead of numeric
  • [ABICLOUD-342] – Resources are not released after bundling
  • [ABICLOUD-343] – After bundling images, in infrastructure the bundled virtual image is still shown with red status
  • [ABICLOUD-349] – IP selection overwritten if clicked save button
  • [ABICLOUD-350] – AM: can’t download image
  • [ABICLOUD-351] – I can’t delete an Image
  • [ABICLOUD-353] – Cannot modify a running Virtual Appliance. It redeployes the removed node.
  • [ABICLOUD-354] – Bundle fails and stays in unstable state
  • [ABICLOUD-357] – Lost IPs when assigning DHCP leases
  • [ABICLOUD-358] – The fileid of the Disk Section is indexed by the virtual image name, then 2 different images with the same name will share the latest file
  • [ABICLOUD-359] – JDBC Exception when bundling an image several times
  • [ABICLOUD-364] – Pagination say 1 of 0 pages
  • [ABICLOUD-366] – Unnecesary power-on of virtual machines when bundling images

Improvements

  • [ABICLOUD-60] – Hard Disk text box
  • [ABICLOUD-201] – Everytime a virtual machine is created, it should have a name derived from the virtual image name
  • [ABICLOUD-287] – Consider chaning omapi port from 7791 to 7911 (the default OMAPI port)
  • [ABICLOUD-309] – New enterprises don’t have the ‘abispace’ default repository
  • [ABICLOUD-317] – Signal with datacenters without virtualfactory (remote service)
  • [ABICLOUD-319] – If there is no virtualFactory on the datacenter… stops the deployment
  • [ABICLOUD-324] – Improvements on AM startup
  • [ABICLOUD-329] – Refresh subscriptions
  • [ABICLOUD-361] – The cursor on abicloud start
  • [ABICLOUD-365] – “Upload” remote repository should not appears

If you need support, you can get it from:

We are glad to announce a major release of a new version (1.0.0-RC1) of the abiCloud project, an open-source cloud platform manager which allows to easily deploy a cloud computing infrastructure . Users can create, manage and scale complext IT architectures easily trough our impressive user interface. You can download it for Linux or Windows from sourceforge.

New Features

  • Important changes in Appliance Library section:
    • Multi-enterprise management. Each enterprise has his own private repository and remote-repositories
    • Upload process to generate new Virtual Images from your computer to repository
    • Download process to catch a virtual image from repository to your computer
    • Design improvements in the usability
    • Now, Enterprise admins will be able to manage their enterprise’s repositories
  • Bundled images:
    • Abicloud allows users to generate their own virtual images using virtual machines that are running on the platform
    • Management of master/slave images.
  • Metering:
    • Developed an eventing system that stores the events generated in the application
    • Filter and show the eventing information
  • Networking:
    • Now you can decide the initial private IP for generate private IP ranges
  • Infrastructure:
    • Changed creation of physical machines process in order to avoid not necessary information
  • VirtualBox:
    • Now abicloud supports the V. 3.0.0 API. Tested over v. 3.0.8.

Fixed bugs

  • [ABICLOUD-51] – Open 3 appliance at the same time
  • [ABICLOUD-69] – VM status does not match with current status of the Virtual Appliance
  • [ABICLOUD-138] – Download image from remote repository is OK but appears some error
  • [ABICLOUD-189] – The physical resources consumed by the virtual machine when a node is deleted when the virtual app is running are not roll back
  • [ABICLOUD-193] – Problems with the vnc client
  • [ABICLOUD-202] – PAE not supported in VirtualBox
  • [ABICLOUD-204] – The SAVE button should not be enabled when the VA has not been modified
  • [ABICLOUD-205] – Minor bugs/Improvements in Bundle
  • [ABICLOUD-206] – I can’t update the physicalMachine information (HARD DISK)
  • [ABICLOUD-209] – Error editing a storage pool
  • [ABICLOUD-210] – Hard disk controller entry in OVF is not recognized
  • [ABICLOUD-214] – Network card entry in OVF is not recognized
  • [ABICLOUD-220] – End of download/upload notification event never arrives
  • [ABICLOUD-223] – Enterprise Admin cannot manage his/her own repository
  • [ABICLOUD-225] – Implement in the metering search view the correct view hiearchy for each role
  • [ABICLOUD-226] – Show information of the item that generated the event in Metering
  • [ABICLOUD-228] – An enterprise Admin CAN’T create enterprise
  • [ABICLOUD-229] – An enterprise admin MUST access to Appliance library
  • [ABICLOUD-231] – I can’t create PUBLIC appliances
  • [ABICLOUD-232] – Problem adding a VirtualFactory in a DC created
  • [ABICLOUD-236] – Clone Physical Machine, Hypervisor information is not clonned
  • [ABICLOUD-237] – I can’t delete a DataCenter if exists VirtualDataCenters asigned on it
  • [ABICLOUD-239] – When an image is downloaded from a repository the RAM assigned in DB i 0 instead of the RAM of the OVF
  • [ABICLOUD-240] – Interface: “Delete Appliance” fail
  • [ABICLOUD-244] – Enterprise Admins can create enterprises
  • [ABICLOUD-245] – If a user is deleted, it’s not possible to create a new user with the same username
  • [ABICLOUD-246] – Download events seems to work randomly
  • [ABICLOUD-249] – Java process does not dead. Timers are still alive.
  • [ABICLOUD-250] – Bundle with vBox
  • [ABICLOUD-252] – Cannot edit virtual machine. Changes are ignored
  • [ABICLOUD-254] – Deleting a virtual application from the virtual applications editor returns strange results
  • [ABICLOUD-255] – Change the Virtual Appliance name when is running
  • [ABICLOUD-258] – Cannot create new enterprises
  • [ABICLOUD-267] – Cannot bundle image.
  • [ABICLOUD-158] – Fix the Hypervisor value to show in the Create Virtual Datacenter popup
  • [ABICLOUD-188] – AM: Wrong location for conf files
  • [ABICLOUD-191] – Cannot deploy a KVM machine from Virtual datacenters screen.
  • [ABICLOUD-207] – No error when the session is invalid
  • [ABICLOUD-221] – It’s not easy to distinguish Master and Slave dependant images in the repository
  • [ABICLOUD-222] – Upload does not show progress information on the screen
  • [ABICLOUD-230] – Dashboard layout
  • [ABICLOUD-247] – Edit Virtual Image does not populate the mandatory ‘description’ field
  • [ABICLOUD-248] – The icon of a virtual image is not updated on database from repositories after download
  • [ABICLOUD-253] – If you modify the name of a virtual machine clicking on the icon, the name is not changed in the lower information screen
  • [ABICLOUD-256] – Date Filter
  • [ABICLOUD-257] – Add new remote service: ok enabled but doesn’t works
  • [ABICLOUD-260] – Error traces should be displayed with the full trace and with ‘CRITICAL’ severity
  • [ABICLOUD-261] – VNC in a new tab
  • [ABICLOUD-264] – Create events should contain all the information of the artifact created in raw text
  • [ABICLOUD-265] – Cannot logout of the console if session timeout expires
  • [ABICLOUD-266] – Chaotic behaviour of User Session
  • [ABICLOUD-270] – If you delete a repository space, all the local master and slave images are deleted
  • [ABICLOUD-271] – Clone Physical Machine doesn’t work
  • [ABICLOUD-272] – Filters on Event Section can’t be erased
  • [ABICLOUD-274] – idEnterprise in Bundle images
  • [ABICLOUD-297] – Can not create Virtual Datacenter
  • [ABICLOUD-98] – Rimp exceptions (and openwiseman exceptions I guess) are truncated.
  • [ABICLOUD-167] – Downloaded image from repository is always VMware
  • [ABICLOUD-173] – Wrong URL adding a repository makes the UI to stall
  • [ABICLOUD-180] – Changes in the Apps Library images are persisted, but information does not change in the screen
  • [ABICLOUD-190] – Openwsmand checks if still running in start method
  • [ABICLOUD-216] – Categories in OVFindex.xml separator cannot be space, change to comma
  • [ABICLOUD-227] – Spanish letter “ñ” doesn’t works
  • [ABICLOUD-267] – Cannot bundle image.
  • [ABICLOUD-275] – The scheduler has to discrimate the hypervisor technology
  • [ABICLOUD-278] – Exceptions in AMSink are not inserted in the eventing system
  • [ABICLOUD-280] – Cannot save a Virtual Machine. Raises an exception and start the deployment of the Virtual Appliance by itself
  • [ABICLOUD-283] – If you delete a repository space and register it again, still ‘remember’ downloaded images
  • [ABICLOUD-284] – When a wrong RS is added, an unexpected error from VA appears
  • [ABICLOUD-285] – In the process: Create a duplicate RS, Delete the duplicate RS and trying to enter the originary one, an error is occurred
  • [ABICLOUD-288] – If you upload a Virtual Image, the memory allocated by default is 99999999
  • [ABICLOUD-289] – Delete a Physical Machine throws an exception. Can not delete its Virtual Machines
  • [ABICLOUD-291] – If bundling a virtual appliance fails, it should recover from the error
  • [ABICLOUD-294] – Error trying to shutdown two virtual applications at the same time
  • [ABICLOUD-298] – Text fields in metering screen overlaped
  • [ABICLOUD-300] – IP information on Physical Machine detail is truncated
  • [ABICLOUD-301] – Chart of used CPU is not correct

Improvements

  • [ABICLOUD-46] – Virtual Machine states
  • [ABICLOUD-47] – Repository Space on Appliance Manager don’t show long strings
  • [ABICLOUD-106] – AbiServer should use notifications to register new downloaded images on the ApplianceManager
  • [ABICLOUD-151] – Show the hypervisor type for images in VirtualApp view
  • [ABICLOUD-199] – Cannot have multiples Remote Access open at the same time
  • [ABICLOUD-200] – Implement a ‘Copy to clipboard’ button besides the VRDP IP and port
  • [ABICLOUD-233] – Create physical Machine should be the default option
  • [ABICLOUD-234] – Default rack on physical Machine
  • [ABICLOUD-235] – Filter by Location on Datacenter management
  • [ABICLOUD-279] – Change ‘description’ field in Virtual Image to text type, or truncate to 255
  • [ABICLOUD-64] – Deleting a virtual image
  • [ABICLOUD-112] – Time out on Remote repository connection
  • [ABICLOUD-147] – Different hypervisor instalation path on each physical machine
  • [ABICLOUD-197] – UUID cannot be the name of the image. It’s not human readable

If you need support, you can get it from wiki.abiquo.com

In order to understand one of our new cool features, we include a short presentation to understand the concept.

In next weeks we will publish our own public appliance repository.
If you are an appliance provider or a software company that want to distribute your development as a virtual appliance, feel free to contact us and ask for posible colaborations.