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C12G OpenNebula Releases Cloud Architecture Survey Results

Main Building Blocks that Constitute the Existing OpenNebula Clouds

C12G Labs, the company behind the widely-used OpenNebula cloud management platform, today announced the results of a survey to determine the main building blocks that constitute the existing OpenNebula clouds. The full results can be seen at http://www.c12g.com/survey

Executive Summary
The results of this survey were collected during the 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2012 from the OpenNebula open source cloud management platform community with regards to the type of cloud deployment and its main architectural components. The aim of the survey is to acquire information in order to improve the support for the most demanded infrastructure platforms and deployments.

Since the foundation of the open-source project in November 2007, OpenNebula has been downloaded more than 80,000 times from the project site. However, the number of downloads is much higher because the code can be also downloaded from the software repository and from the official repository of the main Linux distributions. Moreover, several commercial and open-source distributions use OpenNebula as an embedded cloud management platform.

Although more than 2,500 users took part of the survey, just 820 reported to have an OpenNebula cloud up and running, and hence we have only included them in the analysis. The rest of users were mostly building a pilot cloud or a cloud to perform research on cloud computing.

Regarding the use of OpenNebula, the Survey shows that 43% of the deployments are in industry and 17% in research centers. 79% of the respondents use OpenNebula to build a private cloud and 21% use OpenNebula to offer public services. When asked about the type of workload, 58% said that they use OpenNebula for running non-critical environments while 42% use OpenNebula for running production workloads.

Regarding the building blocks of the cloud, KVM at 42% and VMware at 27% are the dominant hypervisors, and Ubuntu at 31% and CentOS at 26% are the most widely used linux distributions for OpenNebula clouds. There is no clear preferred choice for the storage back-end, distributed file systems are used by 38% of the deployments, local host storage by 34% and block-based solutions by 23%. Finally, 51% of the OpenNebula deployments are medium size with a number of physical servers between 10 and 100, and a 13% of the deployments have more 500 physical nodes.

About OpenNebula
OpenNebula delivers the most feature-rich, customizable, open solution to build enterprise virtualized data centers and private clouds on Xen, KVM and VMware. OpenNebula is an active project with a very large user base, more than 5,000 downloads per month and thousands of deployments that include leading research centers like CERN, FermiLab and ESA; supercomputing centers like SARA and NCHC; telecom operators like RIM, China Mobile and Telefonica O2; and integrators like Logica, Engineering and KPMG.

C12G Labs, the company behind the project, delivers a commercial distribution of OpenNebula for organizations looking for a certified, long-term supported platform. OpenNebula and C12G are trademarks of C12G Labs. Other product or company names mentioned may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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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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