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.

In SUSE Cloud, there are several high-level user roles (or viewpoints) that we need to discriminate:

SUSE Cloud Operator

Installs and deploys SUSE Cloud, starting with bare-metal, then installing the operating system and the OpenStack components. For detailed information about the operator's tasks and how to solve them, refer to SUSE Cloud Deployment Guide.

SUSE Cloud Administrator

Manages projects, users, images, flavors, and quotas within SUSE Cloud. For detailed information about the administrator's tasks and how to solve them, refer to SUSE Cloud Admin User Guide.

SUSE Cloud User

End-user who launches and manages instances, can create snapshots, and use volumes for persistent storage within SUSE Cloud. For detailed information about the user's tasks and how to solve them, refer to SUSE Cloud End User Guide.

This guide provides cloud operators with the information needed to deploy and maintain SUSE Cloud administrative units, the Administration Server, and the Control 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 Control 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.

Many chapters in this manual contain links to additional documentation resources. These include additional documentation that is available on the system as well as documentation available on the Internet.

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Available Documentation

The following manuals are available for this product:

Deployment Guide

Gives an introduction to the SUSE® Cloud architecture, lists the requirements, and describes how to set up, deploy, and maintain the individual components. Also contains information about troubleshooting and support, as well as a glossary listing the most important terms and concepts for SUSE Cloud.

Admin User Guide, (↑Admin User Guide)

Guides you through management of projects and users, images, flavors, quotas, and networks. Also describes how to migrate instances.

To complete these tasks, either use the graphical Web interface (based on OpenStack Dashboard, codename Horizon) or the OpenStack command line clients.

End User Guide, (↑End User Guide)

Describes how to manage images, instances, networks, volumes, and track usage.

To complete these tasks, either use the graphical Web interface (based on OpenStack Dashboard, codename Horizon) or the OpenStack command line clients.

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About the Making of This Manual

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