When you think of Linux companies associated with OpenStack, you probably think of Canonical and Red Hat. SUSE would like to remind you that they're also an OpenStack player with its release of SUSE Cloud 4.
This OpenStack/Linux cloud distribution is the latest version of SUSE's Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) private cloud software. It's based on the latest OpenStack release, Icehouse. It also comes with support for the Ceph distributed storage system.
SUSE also claims that "SUSE Cloud is the first enterprise distribution with automated high availability (HA) configuration and deployment of the OpenStack cloud services. This ensures the continuous operation of private cloud deployments and the delivery of enterprise-grade Service Level Agreements (SLA)."
In addition, SUSE Cloud supports a multi-hypervisor cloud environment that gives enterprises increased choice and interoperability in their cloud designs. Its supported hypervisors include KVM, Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.
This release of the SUSE Cloud also includes other VMware capabilities, like enhanced integration between existing VMware vSphere environments and OpenStack. According to SUSE:
"SUSE Cloud now includes advanced VMware capabilities for image management and support for VMware Virtual SAN, in addition to previous support for VMware vSphere compute nodes, VMware NSX network virtualization and the vSphere driver for block storage, automation and availability features to ease enterprise adoption of OpenStack and help organizations maximize current IT investments."
"With SUSE Cloud, SUSE has taken the lead in making a standardized OpenStack distribution deployable in today's enterprise datacenters," said Michael Miller, SUSE VP of global alliances and marketing. "SUSE Cloud makes it easy and cost effective to implement a highly available, mixed-hypervisor private cloud infrastructure. And the addition of Ceph distributed storage capabilities increases the value and flexibility of SUSE Cloud in almost any enterprise."
In a statement, Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, added, "The OpenStack project is seeing increasingly wide adoption by enterprises. We've heard from enterprise users that high availability, integration with their preferred tools and platforms, and access to the latest upstream innovation is important, and that's exactly the market SUSE is reaching for with Ceph integration and HA tools."