SUSE: OpenStack for the mainframe and beyond

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Lots of companies offer the OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud distributions. Mark Smith, SUSE‘s global product and solutions manager, claims that SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 is the one you can use to transform your data center from IBM z System mainframes to Microsoft Hyper-V with its unique blend of hypervisor support. He’s not wrong.

The latest version, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6, is based on the OpenStack Liberty release. It also includes high availability enhancements and non-disruptive upgrades for future releases.

Specifically, OpenStack Cloud 6 offers the following features:

  • Non-disruptive upgrade capabilities to ease migration to future OpenStack releases.
  • Enhanced high availability features to enable customers to move legacy or business-critical applications to their cloud with the same level of availability of more traditional infrastructures.
  • Support for IBM z/VM alongside existing support for Xen, KVM, Hyper-V and VMware, making SUSE first to include all these hypervisor options. This gives SUSE OpenStack Cloud the widest range of hypervisor support available and allows customers to incorporate their mainframe platforms into their OpenStack private cloud.
  • Docker support to let customers build and run new and innovative containerized applications.
  • Full support for OpenStack Manila to provide direct access to the performance, scalability and management of the open source Manila shared file system service.
  • Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP 1 to allow customers to build their OpenStack clouds on the latest version of the top platform for enterprise workloads.

In addition, SUSE is offering new OpenStack training and certification for deployment and operation of OpenStack private clouds. This is a big deal because there is nothing like having enough experienced cloud administrators to go around.

A recent study commissioned by SUSE found that most respondents were concerned about installation challenges, possible vendor lock-in and a lack of OpenStack skills. SUSE is addressing this by introducing new OpenStack classes and certification

Specifically, SUSE is introducing the SUSE Certified Administrator-OpenStack certification along with a new training course on deploying and administering SUSE OpenStack Cloud to complement existing SUSE OpenStack Cloud training. Developed in collaboration with the OpenStack Foundation exam development team, the new course will specifically prepare students to take both the OpenStack Foundation Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) exam as well as the SCA-OpenStack exam. In this way, OpenStack professionals not only garner important community-supported credentials but also demonstrate real-life OpenStack deployment expertise.

As Nils Brauckmann, SUSE’s CEO said in a statement,”The market has started to realize that do-it-yourself approaches to deploying private clouds are too time consuming, too expensive and too prone to failure. As the first to offer an enterprise OpenStack cloud distribution, SUSE continues to focus on providing the OpenStack solution of choice for businesses. We combine rapid and simple deployment, configuration, management and maintenance with enhanced high availability features and the widest hypervisor support in the industry to give our customers access to the benefits of OpenStack without the complexities that hold some companies back.”


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