[one-users] OpenNebula, can it help in a VMware based security lab?

Paul Griffith paulg at cse.yorku.ca
Mon Nov 10 09:27:39 PST 2014


Please forgive me if this question has been asked before. I am tasked 
with upgrading our security lab from VMware Lab manager ( now end of 
life) to vCloud Director/Suite, which is being replaced with vCAC.   My 
time line is 4 weeks.

A little back ground, our security lab consists on 9 servers running VMs.

- 9 x servers for the students to run their VMs (Linux and Windows) to 
explore security exploits and vulnerabilities.  These 9 servers consists 
on 6 x whitebox Xeon 5650, 2.67Ghz, 16GB and 3 x Dell R410, 5675, 
3.06Ghz, 32GB

- 1 x services server running AD, DNS and DHCP (Windows Server)

- 1 x NFS server (12 x 900GB 10K SAS drives)

When the lab is running it is disconnected from our network :) . 
Students access their VMs by using a KVM (Raritan) to connect to a 
Windows PC, where they run vSphere client to connect to their VMs (via 
vCenter) on a private internal network.

Since we are upgrading and with all the cloud talk, I wanted to see if 
there was something that didn't need as much work as vCloud Director or 

  Our Students are just working with VMs and virtual networks. At the 
end of the course they connect their separate networks and probe each 
others network.

Our department is a member of VMware Academic Program (VMAP), for a 
yearly fee we get access to

- VMware Workstation
- VMware Fusion
- VMware vCloud Suite Standard
- VMware vSphere Enterprise
- VMware vCenter Server Standard
- VMware vCloud Director

I was wondering if OpenNebula can help in anyway, or am I just better 
working with VMware.

Thank you for taking the time

Paul Griffith

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