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SUSE simplifies building OpenStack private clouds with SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6

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SUSE is aiming to make it easier to deploy OpenStack-based private clouds with the launch of SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 and a range of new training and certification programs.

Built on OpenStack Liberty, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 was designed to capture the growing private cloud market. As industry analysts have noted over the last few years, OpenStack has become one of the top choices for building enterprise private clouds, but as private clouds become more widely accepted, many organizations are looking for easier ways to deploy them.

One way vendors have tackled the problem is by launching all-in-one appliances, but many OpenStack deployments still start with bare metal and a copy of the open source software (or one of the many distributions from the likes of Mirantis, Red Hat and SUSE). But do-it-yourself is a time-consuming and resource-intensive effort. SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 is meant to simplify those deployments, noted Nils Brauckmann, CEO of SUSE, in a statement.

According to SUSE's press release, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 is equipped with non-disruptive upgrade capabilities, updated high availability features to help shift legacy applications to a private cloud and support for Docker, OpenStack Manila, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Support Pack 1 and IBM z/VM (which builds on existing support for Xen, KVM, Hyper-V and VMware).

"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," Brauckmann said.

Another key challenge for deploying OpenStack is gathering enough expertise to make it happen. OpenStack skills are in need, and new training and certification from SUSE are meant to help address that issue. SUSE launched the SUSE Certified Administrator-OpenStack certification, which focuses on IT professionals' ability to deploy and administer a SUSE OpenStack Cloud. It was developed in collaboration with the OpenStack Foundation and builds on existing SUSE OpenStack training programs.

"OpenStack has rapidly matured to become a viable option for enterprise-grade private clouds," said Gary Chen, research manager for software-defined compute at IDC, in a statement accompanying the press release. "For most businesses, balancing and enhancing in-house skills with support, training and maintenance from an experienced, seasoned partner like SUSE is a key factor in the success of private cloud projects. Initiatives such as new training and certification programs will help accelerate OpenStack adoption, making it easier for more enterprise businesses to gain the full productivity and agility benefits from their private cloud investments."

For more:
- read the press release

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