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The SUSE Version of OpenStack Havana Cloud Computing 3 Heats Up the Market



By: pentago

May 13, 2014 11:05 am

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In February, we heard the announcement that SUSE Cloud 3 solution is aiming to provide and offer its users with the latest components and features from the OpenStack Havana release for cloud computing.

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SUSE has updated their solutions by embracing the VMware environment for a better and more reliable deployment plans and activities.

Competitive OpenStack Versions

OpenStack is a world-renowned multi-stakeholder and open-source cloud platform initiative that is coined as one of the many world’s leading IT vendors where IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell as well as Cisco are among the names included as its participants.

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The most recent release, known as the “Havana,” was first introduced and debuted in October 2013, while SUSE’s Linux competitor, Red Hat, has released their enterprise-supported version of such technology in December 2013.

According to an interview of eWeek with Cloud Solutions Marketing manager of SUSE, Doug Jarvis, the company always ensures to conduct extensive and high quality assurance as well as security testing and review for each SUSE cloud release version in order to ensure the reliability and compatibility of the software that they are offering.

In addition to this, Jarvis also said that SUSE always assesses its cloud products to make sure that they are compatible and would be easy to integrate with partner solutions such as that of those from EMC, Cisco as well as VMware.

Furthermore, Jarvis also expressed that SUSE’s intention is primarily to continue and closely follow the upstream of OpenStack (Why OpenStack?) releases while also guaranteeing the stability, reliability and, of course, the readiness of the enterprises that are developed under the SUSE cloud technology.

SUSE’s Version of OpenStack

For those who are familiar and exposed with the vendors of OpenStack Cloud in the market today, surely most of them have noticed that most of these merchandisers typically utilize various installation technologies in order to get the cloud technology up and running.

But for SUSE, they use open-source project known as the Crowbar to do this. Crowbar was originally started by Dell before and later on, SUSE became the no. 1 contributor to this project and according to SUSE’s Cloud Solutions Marketing manager, they always include options for support for the automated version of installation for multiple hyper-visors.

Jarvis also claims that SUSE’s Cloud Administration Server is also based on the Crowbar project.

Moreover, with the years of experience and outstanding performance of the company, SUSE is proud to announce that they have always worked on the scalability and stability of their solution.

Simultaneously, SUSE also makes it a habit to achieve improvement on the level of comfort that they are giving to users in experiencing their system through a new graphical user interface and features.

The company also takes note that all of these known and beneficial enhancements they have been deploying to their clients and partners, especially on Cloud Administration Servers, were primarily contributed back to the Crowbar Project.

Development of the Platform

The company garnered a lot of users on its cloud computing platform, which was primarily released in the year 2012 and was updated with enhanced features on its second release in 2013. With this development, some clients would probably think that it would be a hassle if they wanted to upgrade from 2 to 3, but Jarvis speaks with assurances that customers can simply have their technology upgraded from SUSE Cloud 2 to SUSE Cloud 3.

In order to make life a lot easier for clients, SUSE has packaged such offer with upgrade scripts as well as quick descriptions for the process in order to help customers achieve the upgrade they wanted their system to have.

On the platform level, OpenStack directly supports multiple virtualization hypervisor technologies in which VMware is included. The Cloud Solutions Manager has, furthermore, explained that with SUSE Cloud solution, leveraging VMware and vCenter driver can be simply handled.

This enables clients to use existing VMware virtualized nodes and even add more nodes from VMware. Now, this is especially important for me as being Australian and MacquarieTelecom cloud services customer for some time now

Future Promises

Looking forward to wide venues for further improvements, Jarvis expressed that next two big things for SUSE’s Cloud Technology will soon be made available where the OpenStack Icehouse release is currently planned and set on the 17th of April.

Jarvis also hinted that among the new features and specifications that will be incorporated in the OpenStack Icehouse is a database that acts as a service project that is designed to provide more flexibility and adaptability, especially in terms of setting up cloud-based workloads.

Jarvis is confident that Icehouse will continue its performance and its aim to evolve in a way that it could provide more enhanced and dependable features to the current OpenStack components. He acknowledges the fact that such is a very critical foundation in ensuring a long term, flexible as well as highly adaptable vision of the project.

With this latest and constant updates in the cloud computing technology, arising issues and dilemmas encountered by cloud servers and their managers will surely be attended and addressed in the best means possible. However, with the bunch of Linux vendors found in the market today, it is always be tricky when it comes to picking out the best among the options.

Hence, to maintain consistency and even a better performance to all cloud computing operations and activities of each related company, it is always practical and wise to stick with the trusted and respected one such as SUSE.

Increasing the features and components of cloud computing facilities from the offerings of companies such as SUSE will guarantee maximum benefits as they always ensure to only provide what is conducive and appropriate for cloud servers and cloud technologies in general.

Check out for the latest updates and upgrades of the company for OpenStack cloud-based technologies to make sure that you have the best, secured and the most reliable facilities to cater and accommodate the bulk of cloud-related activities your company has day to day.

Just like how SUSE amazed the market before and now, surely they would be able to deliver something again in the future that will make every one at awe and grateful for their innovation and impressive performance in the industry.

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