Interactive Cloud OS 14.8.1 released

The new release 14.8.1 of Interactive Cloud OS is ready for download. It’s a maintenance release fixing a couple of bugs with sophisticated passwords for the OpenStack dashboard and the linux system as well.

Interactive Cloud OS 14.8.1 gives you a one node OpenStack Icehouse installation ready to run in less than 10 minutes.

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Interactive Cloud OS 14.8 released

The new release 14.8 of Interactive Cloud OS is ready for download. It gives you a one node OpenStack Icehouse installation ready to run in less than 10 minutes.

This is a maintenance release fixing a couple of bugs introduced in 14.7 but adding new features too:

  • Fixes a serious bug not properly deploying routers to external network.
  • Fixes a serious bug not allowing console access to instances.
  • New feature: supports booting from usb stick.
  • New feature: enables ssl for dashboard web access.
  • New feature: no reboot required after installation.

Update 2014-08-15: There’s a nasty bug in 14.8 always setting the password for OpenStack dashboard users to cloudos regardless of what you entered during installation.

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Interactive Cloud OS 14.7 ready for download

As promised, we are done with our new release of the Interactive Cloud OS. We are releasing version 14.7 for download from today in the download area.


Project Overview (CPU, RAM, Disk Space…)

With Interactive Cloud OS 14.7, we offer a complete OpenStack GUI (IceHouse version) and the following OpenStack services:

  • Network
  • MySQL
  • RabbitMQ
  • Keystone
  • Glance
  • Nova
  • Neutron
  • Dashboard (Horizon)

This release is based on OpenSuSE Linux and features Kernel Version 3.11.10-17. We will release aditional versions this year, but this is a good start for testing and training.

As said before, we would be happy to welcome supporters and contributors.

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Interactive Cloud OS 14.7

There are some last steps and goals to achive to have a good ISO image, but we are happy to give you a short forecast on Interactive Cloud OS version 14.7:

  • it contains a new Linux Kernel
  • has a fully functional OS
  • will deliver OpenStack Icehouse

This are the first new Sceenhosts:

Project overview:


Network Topology:


We are woking hard to have a release- there are some last steps to take, though.

Thanks to all fans beeing patient!



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Interactive Cloud OS on OpenStack Icehouse

Finally, we are up and running our new Cloud OS with OpenStack Icehouse version.

We have the system running in our lab – so far everything looks fine what we tested.
We have it installing from a TFTP server – so this is the crucial bottleneck for a smooth installation. We will have it as an installation from ISO file (CD, DVD etc.) next week.

Since tomorrow’s Thursday is a holiday in Germany, the development members are off for a long weekend.

But we are happy to finally announce our new version for next week. Should be around Tuesday. So please come back next week and download the new version.
As soon as we have it online, we will have an announcement at all contacts.

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New Interactive Cloud OS on Ice House to be released soon

We are happy to announce our new version of Interactive Cloud OS soon. As wrote before, we implemented the new OpenStack IceHouse version with various interesting additions to the whole framework.
There will be a lot of more information about this release, soon. So please keep tuned or enlist to our newsletter service here.

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Interactive Cloud OS featuring OpenStack HAVANA

OpenStack Havana

Interactive Cloud OS feat. OpenStack Havana

This is the first sneak preview of our new Interactive Cloud OS beta release featuring OpenStack Havana.

The new Havana edition makes it easy to build and deploy new services and applications in a cloud. We integrated new OpenStack fatures and services as well, e.g. metering gives you the ability to monitor, manage and bill performance and usage.

Havana Network topology

Network topology overview with LAN/WAN NICs


The Horizon WebGUI shows you all necesarry information and gives you an executive summary for your daily needs.

The new orchestration feature helps to enable turnkey solutions. Updated storage and QOS features combined with security and reliability help you to optimize your cloud and to get more from your servers. Havana is the best OpenStack release so far.

OpenStack Havana features at a glance


Manage Images and Snapshots

  • Better Scalability
  • Extend volume sizes seamlessly
  • Update quotas
  • Instance shelving
  • Global cluster capability (e.g. worldwide)
  • VPN-as-a-service integrated
  • Convenient firewall configuration
  • Metering for public and private cloud billing
  • Improved role management

Availability of Interactive Cloud OS with OpenStack Havana

We are looking to complete implementation of all needed OpenStack modules. Horizon and Keystone are implemented on our OS so far, but we need the whole suite. So please be patient- we will give more information as soon as possible.

If you want to start with Interactive Cloud OS and OpenStack Grizzly, please download our current version here.

To receive further information about Interactive Cloud OS and updates please enlist HERE

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You want to start to run your own private Cloud? Just start here:

It’s the fastest and simplest way to start with private cloud computing. And it‘s free & OpenSource.

Just start to download here and begin your own cloud today.

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Some thoughts on the wording of “OS” or “Operating system”

As you may have seen on several websites, there are various vendors playing around with the term “OS”.

In fact, “OS” in IT language stands for the acronym “Operating System”. An OS facilitates all peripheral and internal devices of a computer by handling, delivering and managing their functions and data.

Currently, HP is advertizing their new HP Cloud OS. But after we take a closer look at the Software, we find that it is based on Ubuntu, which is actually an Linux operating system. So, HP has really only designed a new graphical user interface (GUI) with some add-on tools to the OpenStack toolset. But this is not an OS, because it still needs an OS below to communicate with the computer.

It is very difficult for users to find out, what a system really does and what “cloud” is all about. And it seems to me that in the cloud area people tend to mix up with the definitions of devices and software. But this will just lead us to a total confusion!

In my humble opinion, this is not very helpful. If we do so, it would lead us to my favorite claim “Cloud is virtually anything”.

But if we make everything so “cloudy”, nobody will know what a software or project stands for.

To make it very clear, and since we have been asked to do so: Interactive Cloud OS is an Operating System. Yes, we do bundle it with the OpenStack Foundation GUI to give users a simple way to work with their servers and to manage the virtual servers and any services they wish to use.

But of course, if you don’t like the GUI, you are free to use another one with Interactive Cloud OS. There are alternatives to OpenStack… just ask us.

With our OS, you always get the freedom of choice.

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Interactive Cloud OS running on HP DL 380 G7 Servers

We successfully completed our tests on DL 380 Generation 7 Servers (please confer to the Download Area for details). The version 097-22 is running like a charm on these fast servers.

By mid of this year, we will have a test system on Hewlett Packard Blade Servers Generation 8 as well.

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