SUSE Cloud 2.0 Launches in Beta
SUSE announced the beta release of its SUSE Cloud 2.0 offering.SUSE has launched a beta release of SUSE Cloud 2.0 to give users an early look at the company’s latest enterprise-ready technology for building private clouds. Announced at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention 2013 (OSCON) in Portland, Ore., SUSE Cloud 2.0 is based on the open-source OpenStack Grizzly release–the latest version of the OpenStack project. SUSE Cloud 2.0 features enhanced installation and management, additional hypervisor support options, and hardened technology from OpenStack projects for networking and storage, the company said. Additional support for partner solutions such as Cisco and EMC will further enable enterprises to deploy private clouds that fit their existing infrastructure, SUSE officials said. SUSE Cloud 2.0 builds on OpenStack to deliver advanced cloud technology and the broadest solution choice to ensure smooth deployment of a private cloud into an enterprise data center. The SUSE Cloud Administration Server has been augmented for greater scalability through integration with the latest release of the open source deployment framework Crowbar and an updated user interface. To enable SUSE customers to maximize their previous technology investments, SUSE Cloud 2.0 continues its mixed hypervisor approach, adding full support for Microsoft Hyper-V and a technical preview of VMware ESXi. “SUSE Cloud 2.0 is the next version of SUSE Cloud, the original enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds,” said Michael Miller, vice president of global alliances and marketing for SUSE, in a statement. “The beta program helps battle-harden the software for customers as they deploy proof of concepts with the latest technology, and it allows selected partners to ensure integration of their solutions with SUSE Cloud. Integrating this outside testing with our well-established QA and development process will expedite the availability and enhance the quality of SUSE Cloud 2.0.”
In addition, SUSE Cloud 2.0 expands cloud storage options via support for the OpenStack Block Storage, Cinder. Cinder enables users to provide persistent block storage at the virtual machine level. Cinder is also extensible with third-party solutions, so enterprises can plug in devices from their preferred storage vendors. SUSE is working with partners such as Coraid, EMC, Inktank and NetApp to give SUSE Cloud users a broad choice of supported block storage plug-ins.