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Achieve more with your current IT staff and data center infrastructure

With SUSE OpenStack Cloud you get increased levels of automation for managing and tracking your cloud infrastructure so you can manage more virtual images and increase server utilization.

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SUSE OpenStack Cloud provides increased levels of automation for managing and tracking virtualized infrastructures, so enterprises can:

  • Manage more virtual images without increasing staff
  • Further increase server utilization rates
  • Cut down on unnecessary virtual machine sprawl

SUSE OpenStack Cloud improves the productivity of the IT staff and frees you to perform higher value functions by limiting the need to actively provision workloads and rebalance the infrastructure. This means that with the automation capabilities and scalability of SUSE OpenStack Cloud, enterprises can massively scale their infrastructures without scaling the IT staff. This lets enterprises realize dramatic server-to-administrator ratio gains. It also reduces the need to hire additional IT staff to handle growth in computing requirements.

As your cloud scales up and down, the automation enabled by the central resource tracker and rules-based scheduler of SUSE OpenStack Cloud ensures that workloads are optimally deployed across the physical infrastructure. As a result, server utilization rates increase and enterprises realize even higher capital expense efficiency than an environment that is merely virtualized.

The orchestration module of SUSE OpenStack Cloud further improves productivity and resource efficiency by streamlining the launch of multiple composite cloud applications. This is achieved by automating the control and coordination of multiple virtual machines based on a set of predefined templates. Through the orchestration module the necessary infrastructure resources, such as servers, floating IPs, volumes, and security groups required for a specific application are identified as well as the relationships between these resources facilitating the programmatic management of the cloud.

Through the self-service portal and image repository, included in SUSE OpenStack Cloud, non-IT staff can select and provision workloads. This makes it very simple to add new virtual machines on demand. And the rules-based scheduler identifies the best place within the virtual infrastructure for deployment of the workload.

SUSE OpenStack Cloud provides metering and monitoring of cloud activities measuring usage by infrastructure resource and consumer. The data collected can be used to feed billing systems, improve service to end users or to ensure the performance and ease the management burden of maintaining the cloud infrastructure. For instance, this data can be integrated with the SUSE OpenStack Cloud orchestration module's autoscaling service to provision and deprovision resources as necessary. Additionally, fine grain visibility into usage helps end users recognize when workloads are no longer necessary and shut them down. By reducing VM sprawl, enterprises can further improve server utilization rates, while lowering administration costs.