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Poor mans Private IaaS – An alternative to vCloud Director

My boss made me a aware of an Open Source IaaS CMP a few days back called vOneCloud based on Open Nebula. I had seen Open Nebula before but didn’t actually know there was VMware compatible version. So I gave it a try in the lab.


I downloaded the OVF appliance from followed the instructions to set it up. Fairly Simple.


You have do what you’d expect from a CMP and add in your cloud/virtualisation platform which I did. Something that is worth mentioning is it also supports KVM, Xen, AWS etc etc etc which is quite awesome for an open source product.


You then have the ability to carve out resources in VDC just like you would in vCloud Director and align those VDCs to users/groups.


You also have the ability to create a catalog from vSphere Templates.



The one irritating thing though is there is no control over datastores. So you cannot add which datastore for a user to choose where a template is deployed. I guess probably the best thing to do is align that with cluster configuration when you do the setup.


Also I’m not sure how you’d do any post deployment automation which today we use products like vRA and vRO from VMware todo.


Anyway since its FREE I’d say it could be a good alternative to something like vCloud Director. Given that VMware pulled the plug on selling vCloud Director for Private Cloud use this may be your answer. If you’ve followed any of my VMUG sessions you’d know we still plan to move ahead with vRA in place of vCloud Director but again Open Nebula is FREE, expect when you need support.


Velostrata = New Gold Sponsor

I’d like to welcome my new Gold Sponsor Velostrata. Velostrata do something interesting IMO. They are a startup vendor looking to help clients with Hybrid bursting woes and in their words:


“What if you could move production workloads to and from the public cloud in minutes, not months? What if you didn’t have to worry about migrating storage for those workloads? The hybrid cloud vision is to provide on-demand access without the “baggage”—time, complexity, cost, and risk—of migrating storage. Velostrata makes that vision a reality.


Velostrata streams production workloads to and from the public cloud in minutes with a unique architecture that decouples compute from storage. With Velostrata, enabling on-demand hybrid cloud for production workloads is finally fast, simple, cost-effective, and low-risk.”


They have a lot of plans to evolve this product but the use case today is something like this scenario:


Imagine you have your on-premises infrastructure, maybe a Vblock. You have tons of free storage and storage IO but then you are hit with an influx of work that causes CPU spikes left right and centre and the only way to resolve this is to move off some of your VMs. Now what do you do? Turn them off? Go out and buy new servers (which may take months to arrive) to cater for this infrequent spike? Well Velostrata could get you up and running quicker by allowing you to run the extra compute needed on a public cloud like AWS whilst the storage stays on-premises. Wanna know how? Click the advert below (NO REGISTRATION NEEDED). This is some cool shiz going on and they promise will only get better.


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