Michael Miller vice president of Global Alliances and Marketing at SUSE

Michael Miller, vice president of Global Alliances and Marketing at SUSE

SUSE Unveils Icehouse OpenStack Private Cloud

SUSE has released the latest version of its open source private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution built on OpenStack Icehouse.

SUSE has launched an updated version of its private cloud solution. This latest version, dubbed SUSE Cloud 4, was designed based on OpenStack Icehouse, the latest version of the open source cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform.

In addition to being based on Icehouse, SUSE Cloud 4 also supports the Ceph distributed storage system, but it also includes new VMware (VMW) capabilities and enhanced scalability, automation and availability features for easing enterprise adoption of OpenStack, the company stated.

"SUSE Cloud makes it easy and cost-effective to implement a highly available, mixed-hypervisor private cloud infrastructure. And the addition of Ceph distributed storage capabilities increases the value and flexibility of SUSE Cloud in almost any enterprise," said Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of Global Alliances and Marketing, in a prepared statement.

A few of the benefits SUSE is touting in the newest version of its private cloud solution include:

  • Reduced costs through a software-defined storage solution based on Ceph. The installation framework gives customers the ability to automatically configure and deploy Ceph clusters.
  • The ability to maximize VMware investments using enhanced integration between existing VMware vSphere environments and OpenStack. According to the company, SUSE Cloud 4 has advanced VMware capabilities for image management and support for VMware Virtual SAN. Previously, SUSE had announced support for vSphere compute nodes, VMware NSX network virtualization and vSphere driver for block storage.
  • A simplified workload deployment that also provides increased levels of scalability and automation. SUSE has standardized workloads like database, load balancing and firewall (all as-a-service), which the company stated makes it faster to deploy workloads by eliminating the need for users to manage and configure the services themselves.

"The OpenStack project is seeing increasingly wide adoption by enterprises," said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, in a prepared statement. "We've heard from enterprise users that high availability, integration with their preferred tools and platforms, and access to the latest upstream innovation is important, and that's exactly the market SUSE is reaching for with Ceph integration and HA tools."

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