Linux developer Suse has released a new build of its cloud computing platform based on the OpenStack framework, adding new capabilities to make deployment easier. It is also the first OpenStack distribution to add full support for Microsoft's Hyper-V, the firm claimed.
Available now, Suse Cloud 2.0 is an updated version of the firm's enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution for building private infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud computing environments.
Among the chief enhancements is a more robust installation process. This has been delivered through integration with the open source Crowbar project for bare-metal deployment. Used in conjunction with a set of Chef recipes, predefined scripts, and autoYAST, this can be used to rapidly provision and configure a complete private cloud, according to Suse.
Suse Cloud 2.0 also has better support for mixed hypervisor cloud environments, adding support for the Hyper-V hypervisor thanks to a collaboration with Microsoft, Dell, and cloud specialist Cloudbase Solutions, Suse said.
With VMware ESXi integration also included as a technical preview, Suse Cloud 2.0 can be deployed atop KVM, Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware environments, the firm claimed.
Such mixed hypervisor cloud environments are likely to be a fact of life in data centres, and so this level of support gives enterprises the flexibility to maximise existing technology investments, according to Suse vice president of global alliances, Michael Miller.
"Our collaboration with Microsoft, Dell and Cloudbase Solutions demonstrates the value of open source development in ensuring customers get maximum performance from a best-of-breed cloud solution, while mitigating the risk of vendor lock-in and technology obsolescence," he said.
Suse Cloud 2.0 is based on the most current Grizzly release of the OpenStack platform, although the upcoming Havana version is scheduled for release by the OpenStack Foundation within weeks.
It also features better integration with Suse Studio and Suse Manager, tools that make is easier build and manage cloud-based applications, respectively.
Unlike some OpenStack builds, Suse Cloud 2.0 does not come pre-packaged with an operating system, except for the Suse Cloud Administrative Server which is built on Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3.
The Administrative Server is used to provision and configure one or more Suse Cloud Control nodes plus the Suse Cloud Compute and Storage nodes that actually make up the infrastructure for the cloud.
Licensing for Suse Cloud 2.0 starts at €8,300 (£6,975) for the Cloud Administration Server and a single Cloud Control Node, plus €670 (£560) per pair of sockets for each physical server. In the case of Hyper-V, this latter figure rises to €800 (£670).
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