SUSE Debuts Alpha Version of OpenStack-Powered Cloud Infrastructure Solution

SUSE has released an early development snapshot of its OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure solution. SUSE Cloud powered by OpenStack, says SUSE, is the industry's first, fully configured, OpenStack-powered appliance based on OpenStack's latest version, Diablo. It is also the first public preview of SUSE's hypervisor-agnostic, operating system neutral, open source cloud infrastructure solution.

Now available for free on SUSE Gallery, this early release is intended to show customers and partners how easy it can be to build, deploy and manage both private and public cloud infrastructure.

Based on OpenStack's interrelated cloud computing platform components, SUSE's cloud infrastructure solution runs on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and leverages existing and proven tools such as SUSE Studio and SUSE Manager. The integration of SUSE tools, platform and OpenStack, coupled with SUSE's extensive experience delivering enterprise-class, open source solutions, is intended to remove many of the complex, cost-prohibitive and risky issues associated with cloud computing, the vendor says.

"We think that this really provides an easy way to set up and build for early experimenting and testing with OpenStack based on an enterprise Linux distribution and therefore, delivers something people didn't have before," Holger Dyroff, director of product management and vice president of business development for SUSE, tells 5 Minute Briefing, pointing out that the introduction was made just weeks after SUSE joined the OpenStack community.

SUSE has heard from organizations that they have had difficulty setting things up, and with this offering the aim is to make it as easy as possible, while also sending a clear signal that there will be future offerings and support built on this as well, says Dyroff.

According to Dyroff, over the next 6-9 months, SUSE Cloud will be in the technology preview stage, with general availability planned for the second half of 2012.

To download and test SUSE Cloud powered by OpenStack, visit SUSE Gallery at