Deployment Guide

SUSE® Cloud is an open source software solution that provides the fundamental capabilities to deploy and manage a cloud infrastructure based on SUSE Linux Enterprise. SUSE Cloud is powered by OpenStack, the leading community-driven, open source cloud infrastructure project. It seamlessly manages and provisions workloads across a heterogeneous cloud environment in a secure compliant, and fully-supported manner. The product tightly integrates with other SUSE technologies and with the SUSE maintenance and support infrastructure.

This guide provides cloud operators with the information needed to deploy and maintain SUSE Cloud administrative units, the Administration Server, and the Controller Node, as well as the Compute and Storage Nodes. The Administration Server provides all services needed to manage and deploy all other nodes in the cloud. The Controller Node hosts all OpenStack services needed to operate virtual machines deployed on the Compute Nodes in the SUSE Cloud. Each virtual machine (instance) started in the cloud will be hosted on one of the Compute Nodes. Object storage is managed by the Storage Nodes.

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Available Documentation

The following manuals are available for this product:

Deployment Guide

Gives an introduction to the SUSE® Cloud architecture and describes how to set up, deploy, and maintain the individual components.

User Guide for Administrators, (↑ User Guide for Administrators )

Guides you through management of projects and users, images, flavors, and quotas with SUSE Cloud Dashboard or the command line interface.

End User Guide, (↑ End User Guide )

Describes how to launch instances, manage volumes, and track usage.

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About the Making of This Manual

This book is written in Novdoc, a subset of DocBook (see The XML source files were validated by xmllint, processed by xsltproc, and converted into XSL-FO using a customized version of Norman Walsh's stylesheets. The final PDF is formatted through XEP from RenderX.