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SUSE OpenStack Cloud 7 is based on OpenStack Newton and built on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2, the leading open source platform for enterprise workloads. It also closely integrates with SUSE Enterprise Storage powered by Ceph for highly scalable and resilient software-defined storage capabilities. See what's new in SUSE OpenStack Cloud 7 ›

Automated Install Process

  • SUSE OpenStack Cloud Installation Framework

Integration with the Crowbar project using predefined scripts provides an elegant and automated install process. This not only makes it quick and easy to deploy and configure your cloud environment, but also makes it simple to add new or existing compute and storage capacity. More ›

  • Making High Availability Deployment Easy

SUSE OpenStack Cloud automates the deployment and configuration of high availability services for your cloud. Seamlessly integrating high availability capabilities into the Administration Server and control node installation framework helps you to avoid unplanned downtime and helps ensure continuous access to key cloud services and resources. High availability capabilities are also provided for Linux compute nodes, making it easier to move traditional business-critical workloads to your cloud. More ›

Enterprise Ready

  • World-class Technical Support

SUSE OpenStack Cloud is backed by the award-winning, worldwide SUSE support organization. More ›

  • Standard Maintenance Processes

SUSE OpenStack Cloud is integrated into existing maintenance and product lifecycle management processes, ensuring that SUSE OpenStack Cloud deployments can easily receive maintenance and security fixes.

  • Highly Available Compute Node

SUSE OpenStack Cloud provides the option of extending the high availability cluster to include SUSE OpenStack Cloud KVM or Xen Linux Compute Nodes. This makes it easier for administrators to move business-critical or legacy workloads into an OpenStack private cloud and deliver the same level of availability of more traditional infrastructures.

  • Mixed Hypervisor Environments

SUSE OpenStack Cloud enables multiple hypervisors to be run in the same cloud. Supported hypervisors include KVM, Xen, VMware ESXi through integration with VMware vCenter and z/VM for IBM z System mainframes. Support for mixed hypervisor environments gives more flexibility in designing cloud deployments and helps to optimize licensing costs and workload performance. SUSE OpenStack Cloud supports the use of open source containers as well as virtual machines to deploy and manage cloud workloads. More ›

  • Highly Available Control Plane

SUSE OpenStack Cloud provides the option of building a highly available cluster of the SUSE OpenStack Cloud Control Node, so cloud administrators can deliver enterprise grade service level agreements.

What's New in SUSE OpenStack Cloud 7

  • Built on OpenStack Newton

Providing timely access to the latest cloud technologies in areas where innovation is occurring at a rapid pace.

  • Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the most interoperable and robust platform for mission-critical computing and the ideal choice for OpenStack private clouds.

  • Container orchestration support, including support of OpenStack Magnum, Kubernetes and open source containers.

Giving Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) capabilities to design and build new cloud-native applications fast and supporting DevOps initiatives.

  • Non-disruptive upgrade capabilities

Helping avoid the downtime and service interruption experienced when migrating to new OpenStack code releases.

  • Unified storage support for production workloads

Unified storage support for block, object and file access from a single distributed Software-defined Storage (SDS) cluster. This is delivered by the integration of OpenStack Manila with CephFS.

  • Improved scalability across multiple data centers

Enabling users to access, manage and control multiple private clouds through a single user interface.

Optimized Resource Provisioning and Deployment

  • Orchestration

Automates the control and coordination of multiple virtual machines or containers through the use of predefined templates. More ›

  • Centralized Resource Tracking

Provides insight into activities and capacity of the cloud infrastructure for optimized automated deployment of services. More ›

  • Rules-Based Scheduler

Streamlines the automated discovery and provisioning of resources based on predefined business logic. More ›

  • Metering and Monitoring

Provides data on cloud usage by resource and user that can be integrated into billing and operational reporting systems. More ›

  • Database-as-a-Service

Most leading hardware vendors support our Linux server OS, so you can save money by using your existing physical servers or low-cost commodity hardware. More ›

  • Shared Files as a Service

SUSE OpenStack Cloud enables the sharing of backend file systems between VMs to deploy more complex workloads. The file shares can be created on a variety of backend systems and can be defined through the self-service portal

Self-Service Provisioning

  • User Dashboard

Pushes the management of resources closer to the end user, and allows them to configure and deploy services as necessary, and track their own resource consumption. More ›

  • Image Repository

Allows the IT staff and business staff to determine and publish, as a catalog, standardized virtual machines that are predefined configurations for specific purposes or services that are used regularly.

Secure Provisioning

  • Identity and Authentication

Multi-tenant, role-based provisioning and access control enables IT to securely provision multiple departments and users on the same cloud infrastructure. More ›


  • Image Storage

The image repository of SUSE OpenStack Cloud can use Ceph or Swift as the back-end storage of images for rapid deployment within the cloud.

  • Block Storage

SUSE OpenStack Cloud Block Storage increases choice by enabling organizations to provide persistent storage at the virtual machine level. Additionally, with the integration of SUSE Enterprise Storage, SUSE OpenStack Cloud includes full support for Ceph. This includes Ceph Rados Gateway, which provides compatible Swift and Amazon S3 (Simplified Storage Service) APIs for block storage. SUSE is also working with partners such as EMC and NetApp to provide a broad choice of block storage plug-ins.

  • Object Storage

For the simplicity of a web accessible object storage cloud, Ceph and Swift provide the necessary scalability and easy access from inside or outside of the cloud.

  • File Storage

File sharing services are provided via the Integration of the OpenStack Manila with CephFS. This combination provides a unified storage system capable of supporting block, object and file access from a single distributed cluster for your private cloud. It is delivered using SUSE Enterprise Storage.


  • Networking

SUSE OpenStack Cloud includes many networking options by delivering networking-as-a-service to enable scalable network management, an API to build rich network topologies, and the ability to create advanced network services. SUSE OpenStack Cloud networking is also plug-in enabled, providing extended capabilities offered by vendors such as Cisco, Infloblox, Midokura, Nuage Networks, PLUMgrid, Open vSwitch and VLAN bridging solutions.

  • Load Balancing-as-a-Service

Use proprietary or open source load balancing technologies natively with SUSE OpenStack Cloud networking to distribute workloads across the cloud.

  • Firewall-as-a-Service

Easily deploy a built-in firewall to protect your network.

Scalable, Open Design

  • Massive Scalability

SUSE OpenStack Cloud is architected for unlimited growth of cloud environments. More ›

  • Open APIs

Provides integration of third-party software, such as network management, ticketing and billing solutions. More ›

Integrated with SUSE and Partner Product and Services Portfolios

  • SUSE Studio

Rapidly build and deploy applications for use within your private cloud, or in the public cloud of your choosing as part of a hybrid cloud installation. More ›

  • SUSE Manager

Manage and monitor the physical cloud infrastructure running on Linux as well as the Linux workloads deployed in your private or hybrid cloud. More ›

  • SUSE Consulting

Leverage our experts to design and implement a SUSE OpenStack Cloud infrastructure that meets technical and business requirements. More ›

  • OpenStack Partners

SUSE works with the OpenStack ecosystem of vendors to offer support for our joint solutions and easily implement a private cloud infrastructure More ›