SUSE Cloud 4 Now Available, Featuring Ceph Distributed Storage

        SUSE Cloud 4 Now Available, Featuring Ceph Distributed Storage

Latest SUSE Cloud also includes advanced VMware capabilities plus enhanced
scalability, automation and availability to ease enterprise OpenStack adoption
and reduce costs

PR Newswire

NUREMBERG, Germany, Aug. 13, 2014

NUREMBERG, Germany, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SUSE Cloud 4, the newest
version of SUSE's OpenStack distribution for building
Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds, is now available. SUSE Cloud 4 is
based on the latest OpenStack release (Icehouse) and features full support for
the Ceph distributed storage system. Along with Ceph support, the latest SUSE
Cloud platform includes advanced VMware capabilities and enhanced scalability,
automation and availability features to ease enterprise adoption of OpenStack
and help organizations maximize current IT investments.

"With SUSE Cloud, SUSE has taken the lead in making a standardized OpenStack
distribution deployable in today's enterprise data centers," said Michael
Miller, SUSE® vice president of global alliances and marketing. "SUSE Cloud
makes it easy and cost effective to implement a highly available,
mixed-hypervisor private cloud infrastructure. And the addition of Ceph
distributed storage capabilities increases the value and flexibility of SUSE
Cloud in almost any enterprise."

SUSE Cloud provides enterprises with the capabilities and support to
seamlessly deploy an open-standards private cloud. The SUSE Cloud installation
framework makes it easy to install and manage OpenStack clouds, and SUSE Cloud
is the first enterprise distribution with automated high availability
configuration and deployment of the OpenStack cloud services. This ensures the
continuous operation of private cloud deployments and the delivery of
enterprise-grade Service Level Agreements. In addition, SUSE Cloud supports a
multi-hypervisor cloud environment that gives enterprises increased choice and
interoperability in their cloud designs. Supported hypervisors include KVM,
Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.

Laura DuBois, program vice president for storage at IDC, said,
"Software-defined storage is an increasingly important component of
Infrastructure-as-a-Service clouds. Ceph and OpenStack are highly
complementary solutions that are increasingly valued by enterprises seeking to
deliver a more flexible and responsive infrastructure to deliver business
goals. By integrating the installation of Ceph with SUSE Cloud, SUSE has
simplified the deployment process, making it faster for enterprises to scale
their storage as part of an OpenStack cloud."

SUSE Cloud 4 offers the following benefits to enterprise customers:

  oReduced costs by deploying a software-defined storage solution based on
    the Ceph distributed storage system. SUSE Cloud's installation framework
    enables enterprises to automatically configure and deploy Ceph clusters.
    With a single solution using commodity hardware, Ceph enables provisioning
    of persistent block storage at the virtual machine level for quick
    retrieval and fast processing along with the construction of a resilient
    image and object storage cloud that is massively scalable.
  oMaximized VMware investments through enhanced integration between existing
    VMware vSphere environments and OpenStack. SUSE Cloud now includes
    advanced VMware capabilities for image management and support for VMware
    Virtual SAN™, in addition to previous support for VMware vSphere® compute
    nodes, VMware NSX™ network virtualization and the vSphere driver for block
  oSimplified workload deployment, while providing increased levels of
    scalability and automation. SUSE Cloud delivers database, load balancing
    and firewall-as-a-service. The standardization of these services makes it
    faster to deploy workloads by eliminating the need for users to manage and
    configure these services themselves. In addition, SUSE Cloud improves
    application scalability through tighter integration between the
    orchestration service that automates control and coordination of multiple
    virtual machines based on a set of predefined templates and the rest of
    the cloud services, such as compute, storage and networking.

Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, said, "The
OpenStack project is seeing increasingly wide adoption by enterprises. We've
heard from enterprise users that high availability, integration with their
preferred tools and platforms, and access to the latest upstream innovation is
important, and that's exactly the market SUSE is reaching for with Ceph
integration and HA tools."

Comments from SUSE Cloud Partners

"Enterprises are seeking a unified and flexible approach to OpenStack and
cloud computing," said Lew Tucker, vice president and CTO of Cloud Computing
at Cisco. "By delivering UCS Manager integration with the SUSE Cloud
installation framework and providing full support for the Nexus ML2 Driver for
OpenStack Networking, Cisco and SUSE are working to help customers easily
adopt open private clouds."

"Hedera Cloud Manager automates the deployment and management of resources for
private, hybrid and public clouds," said Jeremie Bourdoncle, CEO of Hedera
Technology. "The automation and high availability features built into SUSE
Cloud combined with the optimization and unified service management
capabilities of Hedera Cloud Manager enable customers to build a sustainable
cloud infrastructure to rapidly respond and adapt to changes in their business

"The OpenStack community is gaining momentum around its efforts to drive
enterprise adoption of private clouds," said Mauri Whalen, vice president at
Intel and director of Core System Software in the Open Source Technology
Center. "Intel and SUSE have worked together for 18 years to bring the
benefits of open source technology to enterprises. The two companies continue
to work closely with our joint customers to identify and deliver critical
requirements such as high availability to help accelerate deployments based on
Intel architecture."

"UForge for SUSE Cloud gives customers a ready-to-run hybrid solution that
integrates the SUSE Cloud OpenStack platform with simple, self-service
software templating and migration tools," said Alban Richard, CEO of
UShareSoft. "Together, SUSE Cloud and UForge enable enterprise customers to
implement hybrid clouds out of the box, offering efficient scaling of
resources and fast, simple, consistent workload deployment across existing
virtual data centers or new public or private clouds."

"VMware and SUSE have long partnered to increase choice and flexibility for
our customers," said Dan Wendlandt, director of product management for
OpenStack at VMware. "We continue to see strong customer demand for VMware's
enterprise-grade compute, network, storage and management technologies within
OpenStack and have contributed integrations for these VMware technologies to
the OpenStack community. SUSE Cloud 4 delivers these community contributions
as a product, making it even easier for customers to choose best-of-breed
VMware technologies as the building blocks for their OpenStack clouds."

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