Some of you have been e-mailing me recently, asking why I’ve been so uncharacteristically silent these past few months. Well, I’m finally ready to do the big reveal, to pull the covers off what I’ve been working on all this time. I’m pleased to announce the Open Virtualization Management and Monitoring (OVM^2) Initiative.
An ambitious project by Hyper9, OVM^2 aims to provide a completely free and open software stack for managing and monitoring leading virtualization platforms such as:
- VMware ESX 3.x
- VMware VirtualCenter 2.x
- VMware ESX 4.x
- VMware vCenter4
- Microsoft Hyper-V
- Citrix XenServer 5.x
- *Amazon EC2
The OVM^2 Initiative is supported by a series of open source software projects that Hyper9 is announcing and making available today under the BSD license:
- Vangaea – Provides an open, RESTful interface and single sign-on access for communicating with leading hypervisors.
- UVAPI – A Java library that provides a universal model and API for accessing different virtualization platforms.
- JWbem – An on-going Java implementation of Microsoft’s Scripting Web-Based Enterprise Management (SWbem) API. JWbem allows Java developers to easily monitor and manage Microsoft Windows via Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).
- Hyper9-Common – Binds together all the other modules; a set of utilities providing common support.
When combined with supporting hypervisor SDKs, these projects fit together to form the basis of the OVM^2 Initiative.
I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the different parts of OVM^2 for a weeks now, and I’m finally satisfied enough with the various bits and pieces to approve the first public release of OVM^2, just in time for VMworld 2009.
In conjunction with the release, I recorded a quick demonstration highlighting some of the features of Vangaea, the RESTful API component of OVM^2. Take a look!
Hyper9 needs your support! If you are interested in working on any component of OVM^2 please e-mail me at akutz at hyper9 dot com, and let me know for which project you think you can be a positive contributor.