SUSE Cloud 2.0 Improves OpenStack Deployments
Open-source OpenStack cloud-based technology advances with improved installer and integration with SUSE Studio for building Linux software appliances.Linux vendor SUSE is releasing its latest open-source OpenStack cloud platform-based product today, SUSE Cloud 2.0.
The SUSE Cloud 2.0 release comes just over a year after the first SUSE Cloud release in August 2012. The timing of this release is also noteworthy in that it is coming out several weeks ahead of the next major OpenStack release, code-named Havana. "SUSE Cloud 2.0 is ready now, and we have customers who are looking to deploy with the existing level of functionality offered by SUSE Cloud 2.0," Doug Jarvis, Cloud Solutions marketing manager at SUSE, told eWEEK. "Our intention is to follow the major OpenStack release with a new version of SUSE Cloud two to three months later, allowing us to harden and test the code." SUSE Cloud 2.0 is based on the OpenStack Grizzly release that debuted in April of this year. SUSE is a key member of the OpenStack Foundation, with SUSE employee Allan Clark serving as chairman of the board. OpenStack is a multi-stakeholder open-source cloud development effort that has the support of many leading IT vendors, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Cisco and Intel. One of the new improvements in the SUSE Cloud 2.0 release is an enhanced installer. SUSE Cloud leverages the Dell Crowbar open-source project to provide installation services.
"We continue to use Crowbar, but it is an updated version of Crowbar that provides for, among other things, greater scalability, an improved user interface and other usability enhancements," Jarvis said. "Also, added to the installation framework is the ability to install and support Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware compute nodes, and an allowance for the deployment of mixed hypervisor environments."