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Linux Vendor SUSE Releases OpenStack-Based Enterprise Private Cloud

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Linux vendor SUSE announced on Wednesday at CloudOpen 2012 that it has launched its first commercially supported private cloud solution based on OpenStack.

SUSE Cloud is an automated cloud management platform that allows enterprises to deploy and manage an IaaS private cloud. It integrates with SUSE Studio and SUSE Manager so enterprises can deploy, adapt and manage applications and workloads across private and public clouds.

SUSE Cloud supports all components of the OpenStack Essex release, while future versions of SUSE Cloud will continue to track the six-month cycle of OpenStack upstream releases, according to the press release.

This launch comes a week after Piston Cloud released Airframe, a “slimmed-down version” of its cloud management platform and OpenStack distribution, Piston Enterprise OpenStack.

As OpenStack picks up momentum, several companies have launched free OpenStack distributions, including Linux vendor Red Hat earlier this month. Red Hat says it has increased its OpenStack participation and contributions “over time.” In April 2012, Red Hat was named the third overall contributor to OpenStack, and announced its intention to become a Platinum member of the OpenStack Foundation.

Linux distribution Ubuntu also supports OpenStack Essex, and plans to support it for the next four upcoming releases of Openstack.

In an interview with PC Advisor, Peter Chadwick, senior product manager of cloud at SUSE, admits that OpenStack is a “crowded space” but it will capitilize on its 20-year track record with the open source community. He says SUSE is more heterogeneous than Red Hat because it fully supports both Xen and KVM hypervisors.

“Over the past twenty years, we’ve accumulated the strength, capabilities and resources to build a solid foundation our customers can rely on in order to succeed in the next twenty years and beyond in three strategic areas: enterprise Linux, cloud, and integrated systems,” Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager, SUSE said in a statement. “SUSE Cloud is driven by our customers’ desire and need to increase business agility and reduce costs through a cloud solution. We are delivering on our cloud strategy by combining the advantages of an open cloud platform with our history of world-class support and our reputation for working with a broad, diverse ecosystem of partners.”

SUSE Cloud also integrates Dell’s Crowbar software framework that simplifies deployment and ongoing administration of the cloud infrastructure. The WHIR spoke to Joseph B. George, director of cloud and big data solutions at Dell, about its work with OpenStack in May.

Talk back: Do you think OpenStack is becoming “too crowded”? How will SUSE separate itself from Red Hat? Let us know in a comment.

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