SUSE Cloud 3 Heats Up OpenStack Havana
The Linux vendor updates its OpenStack solution and embraces VMware environments for deployment.Linux vendor SUSE today announced its SUSE Cloud 3 solution, providing users with the latest components from the OpenStack Havana release. OpenStack is a multi-stakeholder open-source cloud platform effort that counts many of the world's leading IT vendors—including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Cisco—among its participants. The most recent OpenStack release, code-named "Havana," debuted in October 2013. SUSE's Linux rival Red Hat released its enterprise-supported version of OpenStack Havana in December 2013. Doug Jarvis, Cloud Solutions marketing manager at SUSE, explained to eWEEK that his company does extensive quality assurance and security testing for each SUSE Cloud release. As well, SUSE tests its cloud product to make sure it can integrate with partner solutions, such as those from Cisco, EMC and VMware. "Our intention is to continue to closely follow the upstream OpenStack releases while ensuring the stability and enterprise readiness of SUSE Cloud," Jarvis said.
Vendors in the OpenStack cloud market typically use various installation technologies to actually get a cloud up and running. SUSE uses the open-source Crowbar project, which was originally started by Dell. SUSE is the No. 1 contributor to the Crowbar project, according to Jarvis, who added that the SUSE Cloud Administration Server, which is based on Crowbar, includes support for the automated installation of multiple hypervisors.