OpenStack Cloud – Mixing Evolution with Revolution


OpenStack is widely recognized as the ideal platform for developing new, agile and innovative cloud-native workloads. It’s also seen as the perfect environment for DevOps. While that is undoubtedly true, more and more enterprise users are also seeing its huge potential for transforming their existing traditional IT infrastructures.

That potential for IT transformation has become a growing theme over the past 6 months or so. It is clearly linked to how quickly OpenStack has matured and become widely trusted. The latest OpenStack user survey reports that 71 percent of projects are now in full production.

According to Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation, “the benefits of cloud are too great to only allow new workloads onto the platform”.  He is absolutely right.  Most businesses have a huge investment in existing IT they simply can’t ignore. They don’t have the option of starting from scratch with a green-field IT infrastructure.  They are looking to drive efficiency improvements, increase productivity and lower costs with the IT they already have in place.

So how do you deliver the full value of OpenStack?

You need a platform that delivers the right mix of IT evolution and revolution.  OpenStack can act as the integration engine, helping you conjure up revolutionary new apps and initiatives, while at the same time supporting the transformation of your existing IT and workloads.

What does that mean in practice?  Well, traditional and business-critical workloads need a rock-solid platform underneath them.  Migrating these workloads to the cloud requires the same built-in reliability you had with traditional platforms. In truth, even cloud-native workloads need a highly available cloud foundation. The cloud services still need to be there when you need them.

It’s no coincidence that SUSE has just announced SUSE OpenStack Cloud 7, our latest enterprise-grade private cloud platform.  Based on the Newton code release, it will now provide high availability (HA) protection for the cloud infrastructure, the compute nodes and extend it to the Virtual Machines (VMs) and workloads. It also includes non-disruptive upgrade capabilities to maximize uptime and avoid service interruptions. Just what you’d expect from an enterprise solution veteran like SUSE.

What else do you need?  Well, if you want to move existing virtualized workloads to your cloud, you’ll want support for the hypervisor they were designed to run on. SUSE OpenStack Cloud still boasts the widest hypervisor support available, including KVM, XEN, Hyper-V, VMware, and even z/VM for IBM mainframes. Why?  Because that’s what our customers have asked for.  They want to move workloads to their private cloud more easily and when it makes the most business sense for them.

There is one other key consideration.  Evolving an existing IT infrastructure into a private cloud requires support for all your existing hardware.  For OpenStack cloud, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is proving to be the ideal foundation, delivering the broadest hardware support and the best interoperability available. This all adds up to great investment protection.

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 7 is built using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. It also includes new Container-as-a-Service capabilities, supporting Docker, Kubernetes and OpenStack Magnum. We designed it to deliver the full value of OpenStack for your business.

If you are at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona this week, why not visit us on booth D27 for a demonstration of SUSE OpenStack Cloud in action and to talk to one of our OpenStack cloud experts?

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