[CentOS-virt] OpenNode (CentOS based) virtualization solution preview released

Andres Toomsalu andres at active.ee
Thu Feb 25 11:28:41 UTC 2010


We have released first preview release of OpenNode - 
http://opennode.activesys.org - an open source server virtualization 
solution providing easy to use (CentOS based) bare-metal ISO installer 
and supporting both OpenVZ container-based virtualization and KVM full 
virtualization technology on the same physical host out-of-the-box. So 
everybody who wants to use OpenVZ and KVM together on CentOS host this 
should be appealing.

OpenNode main features are:

1) easy to use automated disk partitioning and LVM setup  (also creating softraid setup if desired - thou true hardware raid is reccomended for production servers)
2) installs minimum set of packages needed for out-of-the-box openvz and kvm hypervisors support  -  together with the libvirt (inluding virsh and virt-install CLI utilities) and func (Fedora Unified Network Controller) management interfaces
3) includes stable RHEL5 2.6.18 series kernel provided by OpenVZ project and rebuilded KVM kernel module package for this ovzkernel
4) does automatic bridge networking setup needed for OpenVZ veth (which enables broadcast traffic for container) and KVM networking - you just enter interface configuration data in the installer networking screen and bridge setup is taken care of by the installer
5) includes opennode cli utility which will run at console logon - provides (currently only openvz) templates download (CentOS, Ubuntu, LTSP, OpenVPN, Bind, etc.) and registering OpenNode with central management solution (in development)
6) disables unneeded services - just run only things that are needed by hardware node to provide stable virtualization platform

OpenNode installer ISO download is provided through sourceforge.net 
project page - http://sourceforge.net/projects/opennode

Please test the installer and also give us feedback for improving OpenNode.

Best regards,

Andres Toomsalu, andres at active.ee

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