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Interactive Cloud OS 14.10.1 released

Interactive Cloud OS 14.10.1 is a maintenance release for 14.10 which fixes a couple of bugs in the installation and updates the software to the latest patches.

  • Fixed: Installation on some raid controllers (i.e. on ML 370 G5 or DL 380 G4) failed. Thanks to Mark Lants for reporting this.
  • Fixed: Installation failed on disks with more than 2 TB size.
  • Fixed: Checking for cpu virtualisation support failed if feature is not available.
  • New Feature: The apache server configuration disables SSLv3 to avoid the poodle attack.
  • Updated to latest kernel and security patches.

Interactive Cloud OS 14.10.1 gives you a one node OpenStack Icehouse installation ready to run in less than 10 minutes. With the new simple installation mode it is even possible to finish the installation in 5 minutes only. This includes booting from CD-ROM, formatting the hard disk, installing the Linux OS and configuring OpenStack Icehouse.

Interactive Cloud OS 14.10 released

The new release of Interactive Cloud OS 14.10 gives you an even easier and quicker installation for a one node OpenStack Icehouse Installation than ever before.

With the new simple installation mode, the whole installation can be done in 5 Minutes only. This includes formatting the hard disk, installing the Linux OS and configuring OpenStack Icehouse.

  • New Feature: Simple install mode with predefined network settings and DHCP:
    1. Boot your server from ISO Image of Interactive Cloud OS 14.10.
    2. Choose simple installation mode.
    3. Choose hard disk for installation.
    4. Enable DHCP on your notebook and plug it to the first NIC of your server.
    5. Point your browser to https://console.cloudos. Enjoy.
  • Previous expert install mode still available for easy customisation of network settings.
  • Updated to latest security patches, including fixes for Shellshock.

Update 2014-10-23: The password in simple installation mode is cloudos! So to login to the dashboard point your browser to https://console.cloudos and login with admin  and cloudos.

Interactive Cloud OS – What is it?

Interactive Cloud OS is a multi-functional operating system optimized and designed for virtualization and cloud computing. It is not based on other operating systems or distributions, but designed and built completely from scratch – based on the latest Linux Kernels available.

With Interactive Cloud OS, you can run more than one operating system on your computer simultaneously (Windows, Linux, BSD, Solaris…). The amount of Guest OSes is limited by your hardware resources (CPU, RAM and HDD Space) only.

In a deployment with more than one server, resources can be shared and balanced among your Cloud and Virtual Machines can be shifted from one computer to another and even from one site to another.

By using strong VPNs, you are able to locate your servers all over the world and shift your resources as needed.

Interactive Cloud OS is Open Source and free: No license fees and no hidden costs!

 

The Benefits are endless:

  • Reduce costs by using less hardware
  • Enhance flexibility of your installation by moving your VMs locally or worldwide
  • Reduce the CO2 footprint
  • Balance the Load of your servers
  • Allocate more space dynamically when you need it
  • Use VMs for testing or updating procedures
  • Destroy a VM when a test fails and start a new one in seconds from your saved snapshot
  • Use snapshots to clone your installation
  • Use snapshots to backup and cold-standby your services
  • Secure your servers with central security management
  • Connect your cloud worldwide via strong VPN tunnels and act worldwide
  • […]

Curious? Get more information about Interactive Cloud OS HERE

 

World’s first Interactive Cloud OS bundled with OpenStack out of the box!

Interactive Cloud OS is a turnkey solution bundled with well-known OpenStack environment.

Benefit from the best of two breeds:

  • OpenStack as a comfortable and powerful Graphical User interface to provision Virtual Machines.
  • Interactive Cloud OS as a solid Operating System optimized for fast, reliable and secure cloud computing.

This is world’s first open source cloud operating system and management distribution on one DVD. It is 100% optimized for cloud computing and security.

We are offering a complete solution (Interactive Cloud OS bundled with OpenStack (http://www.openstack.org) as an all-containing ISO File, so it can be easily installed from a DVD drive or via USB stick. And it is free – so you don’t have to pay any license fees!

Easy and fast cloud deployment in 10 Minutes!

Your first Login to the OpenStack Management Server

Login to the Management Dashboard

Cloud computing has never been easier: Install the DVD in 10 Minutes, restart the server and login to the management dashboard with a normal Internet Browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome).

Within seconds, you can set up your first Virtual Machine and start running your own cloud.

It is just that easy!

For bigger installations, you can set up one server as management system and deploy additional Interactive Cloud OS servers as you want. They will follow the commands of the management server.

The more servers you deploy, the bigger is your cloud computing platform.

Let’s take a look at the management interface. As soon as you login, you can view all existing projects running.

View Existing Projects

View existing projects running on Interactive Cloud OS

 

Start launching your own virtual machines, by selecting an instance. Of course, you can upload your personal images to the server and deploy your own environment.

LaunchInstance

After a few seconds, your server is up and running in your private cloud.

You can get futher details on our cloud solution here.

 

Interactive Cloud OS Overview

General Overview

Interactive Cloud OS is a multi-functional operating system optimized and designed for virtualization and cloud computing. It is not based on any other operating system, but designed and built completely from scratch. It is based on the newest Linux Kernels.

Technical Overview

The Interactive Cloud OS is an operating system, sitting directly on top of the server hardware (confer to the black bar below).

On top of the hardware, you can find the Cloud OS. It contains several add-on modules (e.g. Firewall, Software Switch for Networking, Denial-of-Service Mitigation). It contains a Web GUI as well (red) to manage the server with a regular web browser.

Interactive Cloud OS Overview

Interactive Cloud OS Overview

It shows the hardware as fundament, the Interactive Cloud OS as the operating system and several important services and their connections integrated.

On top of the Interactive Cloud OS, there is room for plenty other Internet add-on services (blue) and Third-Party Software (purple), e.g., Monitoring Tools, Virus and Malware scan.

Abstraction Layer

Interactive Cloud OS is a Host OS, giving the ability to install other OS on the same machine (the Guest OS). Since we use the latest technology and optimize it for cloud computing only, we achieve high performance and high security.

From the administrator perspective it looks like this:

Interactive Cloud OS as Host-OS with Guest-OS installed above

Interactive Cloud OS with Guest-OS installed above

This shows many different Guest OS running on the Interactive Cloud OS (e.g. RedHat, SuSE Enterprise Linux, Microsoft Windows, Debian, Ubuntu…).

The amount of such Guest OSes is only limited by your hardware resources (CPU, RAM and HDD Space). It allows for server consolidation (many OS on one server) and centralized management and security.

In a deployment with more than one server, resources can be shared and balanced among your cloud, Virtual Machines can be shifted from one computer to another.

Main Benefits

  • Reduce costs by using less hardware
  • Enhance flexibility of your installation by moving your VMs locally or worldwide
  • Reduce the CO2 footprint
  • Balance the Load of your servers
  • Allocate more space dynamically when you need it
  • Use VMs for testing or updating procedures
  • Destroy a VM when a test fails and start a new one in seconds from your saved snapshot
  • Use snapshots to clone your installation
  • Use snapshots to backup and cold-standby your services
  • Secure your servers with central security management
  • Connect your cloud worldwide via strong VPN tunnels and act worldwide
  • […]

Summary

With the free and OpenSource Interactive Cloud OS, you can run many other operating systems on one computer in a fast, safe and reliable way.

By adding additional computers, you will be able to run your own cloud – up to hundreds of computers with virtual unlimited machines and applications.

Since Interactive Cloud OS is free and Open Source, there is no faster way to get into the cloud.

Build your cloud your own way!

Secure Public Cloud Setup? An idea…

Running a virtual machine on any public cloud has an inherent security risk: The cloud service provider.

The cloud service provider may take a snapshot of the virtual machine at any time. Thus allowing him access onto any data available at the moment of the snapshot, even onto encrypted data. Or to suspend the virtual machine to maliciously inject a root kit into the virtual machines memory, no matter if it’s running Windows or Linux or any other Operating System.

Call me paranoid. But besides those sophisticated attack scenarios there are much simpler ones, like just peeking the virtual disk. Anyhow, this allows data privacy violation as well as industrial espionage by a cloud service provider, regardless if he acts on his own or is forced by court or an intelligence service.

And do not forget, that the Washington Post has shown that the U.S. intelligence runs a program called PRISM to secretly mine data from U.S. internet companies.

So it may be of some interest for the internet community to create a secure public cloud setup (SPC — let’s call it spice) with Interactive Cloud OS –or any other Linux– which is not vulnerable to unrestricted and unnoticed access to private data.

But how could a user protect his data or virtual machines in a public cloud? Some requirements come to mind:

  • Any access on a virtual machine or its disks will be logged and shown to the user.
  • Any user should be able to check at any time that the running OS hasn’t been altered.
  • The running OS should be open source, thus allowing the community to check for back doors.

At a first glance it looks impossible to achieve the requirements.

But, on the other hand, Interactive Network already developed award winning system Intermediär with similar requirements which is used to ensure high grade data privacy for the German Haemophilia Register. Using a combination of digital signatures, cryptographic functions and organisational conditions Intermediär is protected against any unnoticed alteration or eavesdropping, including hardware based attacks, like key loggers.

After all it ought to be possible to achieve the requirements.

But even if there is a chance to fail, creating an open source process to SPiCe up the cloud would be worth the effort, wouldn’t it?

Feel free to join the discussion.

It’s time for the next generation operating system

The cloud offers huge opportunities

Technically speaking, the cloud is the virtualization of hardware and network infrastructure and has the goal to supply users with software and services hosted at redundant datacenters. It is a big market with high growth rates and will evolve.

There are several cloud operating systems (OS) on the market, mainly as commercial distributions, which are not specialized in cloud computing and security. Most of them derive from standard Linux kernels.

But operating systems are prone to be attacked

The design of these operating systems is based on huge distributions, which carry along a lot of unnecessary and outdated software. In connection with Internet usage, this opens the doors to attackers and malicious threats. Due to the concept of an underlying operating system, which has always to be run as the system’s foundation, this is the Achilles heel of these systems: If a hacker can take over the underlying OS, he would be highly able to compromise the guest OSs above as well.

Furthermore, the commercial packages are no fast followers of the newest internet and technology trends, but bound to tight company’s strategy.

Therefore we will create an open source Linux cloud OS

Linux has been proven for high security and availability, but has to be hardened and optimized for its proper usage. So it is time for a new Linux distribution, which is open source and dedicated to cloud computing only. And it is time to discard the burden of old technology and workarounds to accelerate processes with a newly designed OS.

By reducing the amount of packages from tens of thousands to numbers below 500, it would be easier, faster and more secure than any cloud OS available today.

The well known and accepted open source mechanisms allow it to be freely distributed. For commercial customers, the wide basis of independent installations ensures the production grade and quality.

On top of the OS which we identified as the first milestone in cloud evolution , there could be many services (e.g. free / commercial).