SUSE Releases OpenStack-Based Platform

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SUSE has introduced the latest version of its OpenStack distribution for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds. Formerly called SUSE Cloud, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 5 is based on the latest OpenStack release (Juno) and provides increased networking flexibility and improved operational efficiency to simplify private cloud infrastructure management. It also provides “as-a-service” capabilities to enable development and big data analytic teams to rapidly deliver business solutions along with integration with the new SUSE Enterprise Storage and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 data center solutions.

“Furthering the growth of OpenStack enterprise deployments, SUSE OpenStack Cloud makes it easier for customers to realize the benefits of a private cloud, saving them money and time they can use to better serve their own customers and business,” said Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager of SUSE. “Automation and high availability features translate to simplicity and efficiency in enterprise data centers.”

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 5 includes enhanced networking flexibility, as well as additional support for third-party OpenStack networking plug-ins. In particular, it provides for the implementation of distributed virtual routing, which enables individual compute nodes to handle routing tasks individually or as clusters. Configuring distributed virtual routing as part of a SUSE OpenStack Cloud installation increases scalability, performance and availability by enabling the network to expand as compute nodes are added, reduce traffic through central routers, and decrease exposure to a single point of network failure. 

The latest release is also integrated with SUSE Enterprise Storage and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, the vendor said. SUSE OpenStack Cloud 5 includes support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 as compute nodes within the cloud, giving customers the most current versions of KVM and Xen. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 nodes can exist alongside SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 nodes. SUSE OpenStack Cloud 5 also integrates the recently announced SUSE Enterprise Storage, powered by Ceph. This provides an enhanced platform for object, block and image storage within the SUSE OpenStack Cloud, while retaining the same ease of installation of Ceph components that was available in earlier releases of SUSE OpenStack Cloud. 

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 5 also includes data processing project “Sahara,” which provides a simple means to provision a data-intensive application cluster like Hadoop or Spark on top of OpenStack. SUSE and MapR have teamed to provide support for MapR Enterprise running on SUSE OpenStack Cloud using the MapR Sahara plug-in.

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