Based on OpenStack Pike, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 8 is the first release to integrate the best of SUSE OpenStack Cloud and HPE OpenStack technology, which was acquired by SUSE last year. The new release would help accelerate customer software-defined infrastructure deployments.
“Enterprise IT organizations are under significant deployment pressures as new, modern application and cloud models take hold and grow in adoption,” said Gary Chen, IDC research manager, Software Defined Compute. “With more organizations moving to a software-defined infrastructure such as OpenStack, streamlining operations through simplified maintenance and upgrades will be key to success by reducing complexity while coping with an expanding skills gap.”
In addition to accelerating the deployment of software-defined infrastructure, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 8 would deliver better interoperability, scalability, and flexibility to enable the IT transformation enterprise customers need to conquer today’s competitive market and business challenges.
SUSE OpenStack Cloud 8 joins a portfolio of solutions that are developed in collaboration with customers, partners, and open source communities – “to deliver reliable innovation that helps simplify IT transformation and reduce cost.”
“Throughout SUSE’s 25 years of open source experience and leadership, we’ve learned to continuously adapt to the requirements of customers, partners, and the market,” said Gerald Pfeifer, vice president of Products and Technology Programs, SUSE. “We have applied that know-how to SUSE OpenStack Cloud 8 with new and updated features that will enhance its reputation as the open source cloud of choice for enterprise business. For customers, the speed, ease, and flexibility of deployment make SUSE OpenStack Cloud stand out. The breadth of hardware certification and hypervisor support that SUSE OpenStack Cloud offers is unmatched in the market, giving customers more choice in how they deploy their software-defined infrastructure.”
Enhancements to SUSE OpenStack Cloud 8 includes
- Full support for OpenStack Ironic – which provides the ability to “quickly and easily” provision bare metal dedicated servers for end users who want to deploy a workload image to a physical machine instead of a virtual machine instance on a hypervisor.
- Expanded interoperability – with new support for VMware NSX-V for software-defined networking.
- Enhanced scalability – to support large deployments.
- Support for OpenStack Freezer – to give distributed backup/restore DRaaS platform capabilities to customers who want to automate data backup and restore.
- Two lifecycle tool options – for deploying, maintaining and upgrading customers’ OpenStack environments, including the traditional Crowbar tool and the Cloud Lifecycle Management tool based on Ardana.
- Extended three-year lifecycle support – to accommodate enterprise customers’ longer maintenance and rollout timeframes.
- A pre-integrated monitoring solution, “highly scalable and enterprise-grade” – that would simplify the monitoring and management of SUSE OpenStack Cloud environments and workloads.
To help users overcome the skills gap and jump-start their SUSE OpenStack Cloud deployment, SUSE Select Services are available. These services come with fixed-priced, flexible offerings combining consulting, maintenance services and knowledge transfer. This would enable customers to more quickly realize a return on their private cloud investment.