In IT today, the push to automate services is at the core of many IT manager and CIO lists. Do more with less, the budgets tell them, while staying ahead of the deluge of data that comes in from their business every minute of every hour.
Cloud deployments is one way IT managers are tackling this problem, be they public, private, or somewhere in-between. Data centers, both virtual and physical, are often marshaled too. Managing such deployments is a real challenge, of course, but it doesn’t have to be. The trick is to start with the right set of tools for deployment.
That’s why today’s announced release of SUSE Studio 1.3 should be welcome news for enterprise data centers and independent software vendors who want to deploy full-stack instances of their applications to customers.
The latest update to SUSE Studio includes new features to help customers more easily deploy and manage self-contained, portable workloads across virtual and cloud environments such as Amazon EC2, OpenStack, and SUSE Cloud. The idea here is to let users click a few options on a browser-based interface and build the machines they need fast, deploying them however and wherever they wish.
Take, for instance, the cloud. SUSE Studio 1.3 is tightly integrated with our own SUSE Cloud. With SUSE Studio 1.3, customers can choose SUSE Cloud as their pre-defined application image format. Additionally, using the SUSE Studio webhooks feature, all SUSE Cloud images built in SUSE Studio are automatically and immediately imported into SUSE Cloud.
Using a public cloud? Amazon Web Services customers can upload and launch Amazon EC2 instances directly from SUSE Studio, with support for all Amazon EC2 regions.
SUSE Studio 1.3 works well with a variety of hypervisor environments, so you can roll out your instances from anything from Hyper-V to KVM. The list of virtualization and cloud platforms SUSE Studio now supports is like the all-star list of this sector: VMware, VirtualBox, Xen, KVM, Hyper-V, OVF virtual machines, SUSE Cloud, OpenStack, and Amazon EC2.
Getting off on the right foot for any instance is a great thing, but it’s not just deployment you have to worry about. You need to manage those instances, wherever they may be, over the lifecycle of the instance in question. SUSE Studio 1.3 lets you do that, too.
A new update tab in SUSE Studio enables admins to add the built-in SUSE Lifecycle Management Server as a management agent before image building begins. SUSE Lifecycle Management Server gives customers a single platform to manage entitlements and deliver unified updates to images deployed using SUSE Studio.
All of this adds up to a great new release and an incredibly easy way to build and deploy any kind of stack you need to run your apps.