One of the more interesting things about today’s release of SUSE Cloud 2.0 is the emphasis the SUSE Cloud team has put on the support of many hypervisors in this new release.
This may seem like something that’s not a big deal, on the surface. So SUSE Cloud 2.0 has full support for the KVM, Xen and Microsoft Hyper-V, with VMware ESXi hypervisor support available as a technical preview. That’s nice.
It is indeed nice, but the importance of this mixed hypervisor support cannot be overstated. That’s because anyone who has been working with any given hypervisor in their data center will not have to balk at moving to real cloud computing with SUSE Cloud.
There’s a great deal of interest in OpenStack right now with companies hungry to start using the platform in their cloud initiatives,” said Michael Coté, research director of infrastructure software for 451 Research. “The nature of OpenStack encourages a modular approach, among other things, maximizing choice and agility for each customers. In order to support diverse customer requirements for the applications running in OpenStack clouds, the platform needs to support a wide range of hypervisors, so it’s great to see SUSE pushing this forward.”
And Coté is dead-on right: the need to move from one or more hypervisor platforms, where all the apps have been built to run, is more than enough of a resource barrier to prevent a cloud migration.
The presence of Hyper-V as a supported hypervisor is something that is a real star in the SUSE Cloud 2.0 feature set. Building on OpenStack Hyper-V integration from Cloudbase Solutions, the team of Dell, Microsoft and SUSE contributed to the Dell-led Crowbar open source project to simplify, standardize and automate the setup of mixed-hypervisor clouds.
Customers using Hyper-V Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 will have the same simple install process that our KVM and Xen customers have had, but more importantly, if any customer has used a mixed-hypervisor environment in the data center, they can use the same mix of hypervisors in their new cloud infrastructure.
The immediate benefit is clear: their current configuration can be maintained through the cloud migration. But as an ongoing benefit, having a mixed environment in cloud computing means you can manage your resources using the elastic configuration tools of cloud computing, matching resources to jobs and keeping licensing costs down.
Mixed hypervisor support, the ease of installation via Crowbar and the open source flexibility of an OpenStack-based cloud… these are the benefits of SUSE Cloud 2.0, the very real solution to your private and hybrid cloud needs.