Feeds

SUSE's new OpenStack is Havana good time with VMware and EMC

Multi-stack private clouds are go in SUSE Cloud 3

Boost IT visibility and business value

SUSE has emitted the third version of its OpenStack distribution, and has taken further strides towards making it a good fit for multi-hypervisor clouds by including full support for VMware's vSphere and EMC's VNX storage arrays.

SUSE Cloud 3, to give the new release its full name, is based on the OpenStack Havana release and includes all one would expect, namely the Cinder storage and Neutron networking components, plus a new install tool based on the Crowbar project.

There's also, perhaps less predictably, integration with VMware's vCenter Server, Virtzilla's platform for managing multiple vSphere environments. Control is one-way only: one can manage a VMware cloud from within SUSE Cloud 3, but VMware's wares can't control the OpenStack rig.

SUSE president and general manager Nils Brauckmann says vCenter integration makes sense because the company “... is focused on making it easier for the enterprise user to adopt an OpenStack-based private cloud solution … that is easy to set up and use in any enterprise production environment.”

The EMC tie-up has come, according to verbiage in SUSE a canned statement attributed to Mark McLaughlin, a senior director in EMC's Office of the CTO, because mutual customers wanted it to happen.

That SUSE is making friends in proprietary-cloud-land should come us no surprise, as SUSE Cloud 2 added Hyper-V support. Hooking up with VMware therefore looks like further expression of a belief that multi-stack environments are common and maybe inevitable.

It's also a sign that OpenStack players are differentiating in much the same way as their Linux forebears, namely by creating distributions that find a way to differentiate by giving users more ways to put the software to work alongside other technologies. SUSE's an old hand at that game and it would be no surprise if SUSE Cloud 4, when it arrives, added hooks into more big-name enterprise vendors. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests
Big Blue finds containers are speedy, but may not have much room to improve
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?
Enough hot air to carry a balloon to the Moon
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'
$50k of PowerEdge servers? That'll be 85 coins in digi-dosh
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.