OpenNebula Releases Microsoft Hyper-V Drivers
The OpenNebula project last week released drivers to support Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V. The version 3.2 drivers support SCSI disks, improve the CD ROM context mechanism and enable a "direct connection to Windows Servers nodes without requiring a proxy machine," according to an OpenNebula blog post. It's an enhancement over last month's release, which added support for Windows Remote Management.
With the 3.2 drivers installed, an OpenNebula cloud that uses Hyper-V can be managed using multiple management tools, such as the command-line interface in OpenNebula, various Web interfaces, Sunstone and other OpenNebula-supported cloud interfaces. The one caveat: virtual local area network (VLAN) tagging isn't supported yet, according to the release notes for version 3.2.
OpenNebula is an Apache open source project providing management resources for datacenters, based on private, public or hybrid cloud architectures. The project is hypervisor agnostic, and also supports VMware, Citrix and KVM hypervisors used with Linux-based servers.
Microsoft announced support for Hyper-V on OpenNebula back in September. The support is part of Microsoft's interoperability outreach toward open source software, especially where mixed server environments are in use.
Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.