SUSE Launches Cloud4, Latest Version of Cloud Computing Platform Based on OpenStack Icehouse Release

The Cloud4 platform will support multi-hypervisor cloud computing ecosystems with automated high availability (HA) capabilities.

The Cloud4 platform will support multi-hypervisor cloud computing ecosystems with automated high availability (HA) capabilities.

suseGREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by the SuSe open source software support company on Wednesday August 13, 2014 that it is going to release the latest version of it cloud computing platform named as Cloud4. It is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform, which is based on the latest release of the OpenStack cloud version called as Icehouse. The company staked its claim in the domain of cloud computing services and negated the general thinking that Red Hat and Canonical are only Linux based companies that deal with OpenStack cloud platforms.

In an official statement of the company, it was further informed about the features of the newly released cloud computing based product that, it supports the feature of automated high availability (HA), which is very critical for the enterprises and large companies. The Cloud4 infrastructure as a service is capable of support multiple hypervisor at the same time, which will lead to open up a new dimension of interoperability of cloud services among diverse hypervisor providers. This new release will also support the Ceph Distributed Storage System.

The company further claimed, in the official statement that, “SUSE Cloud is the first enterprise distribution with automated high availability (HA) 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 (SLA).”

In his official comments, the VP of Global Alliance and Marketing at SUSE, Mr. Michael Miller said, “With SUSE Cloud, SUSE has taken the lead in making a standardized OpenStack distribution deployable in today’s enterprise datacenters. 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.” Meanwhile, the Executive Director of OpenStack platform, Mr. Jonathan Bryce commented about the adoptability of the OpenStack platform that, “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.”

The statement of the company further maintained that, “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 storage, automation and availability features to ease enterprise adoption of OpenStack and help organizations maximize current IT investments.”

VMware Veterans Starts a Cloud Computing Based SaaS Service on Platform9

This new cloud computing based SaaS platform of Platform9 would allow the developers and IT experts to transform legacy servers into self operating private servers.

This new cloud computing based SaaS platform of Platform9 would allow the developers and IT experts to transform legacy servers into self operating private servers.

vmwareGREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by a team of the VMware veterans on Tuesday August 12, 2014 that they started new cloud computing based software as a service (SaaS) platform on its existing cloud platform ‘Platform9’. This newly launched platform will help IT customers and the professional developers to transform their traditional servers into high performance self service private cloud based servers.

The company was earlier founded by a group of VMware veterans with an idea to bring the agility of the public cloud computing environment to the existing infrastructure. The service offered by the Platform9 allows the customers to easily implement the private cloud with self service provisioning workloads on to their cloud computing infrastructure based on OpenStack platform. This service will also enable the customers to track their KVM, Dockers, and vSphere ecosystems through one window. The service also offers cent percent API compatibility too.

While talking about the Platform9 cloud platform, the CEO of the company, Mr. Sirish Raghuram said, “We founded Platform9 because as early engineers at VMware, we observed how customers were struggling to achieve Amazon Web Services-like efficiency with increasingly archaic management software. We believe that just like SaaS revolutionized the world of enterprise applications; it can do the same for enterprise data centers.”

Mr. Raghuram further added that, “Platform9 transforms an organization’s existing servers into an AWS-like agile, self-service private cloud within minutes. The organization can then focus on using their existing infrastructure to run applications instead of babysitting the management stack.”

The official statement further elaborated about the status of this newly launched service that, with the help of more than a dozen small and large enterprises, the service is being beta tested before the release of the commercial version at full scale.

The company’s official statement also announced that the Plaftform9 has bagged as much as $4.5 million of funding from the Redpoint Ventures. This funding has been collected in the A Series category of funding, as informed by the company statement. It was further informed that this funding is meant to be used for enhancing the growth of the cloud computing services of the company. The commercial version of the service is expected to be released later this year.

Red Hat Launches Cloud Computing Management Certification for Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

The cloud computing management certification would offer a recognized career track to the technical professionals, and confidence in OpenStack ecosystem to the customers.

The cloud computing management certification would offer a recognized career track to the technical professionals, and confidence in OpenStack ecosystem to the customers.

redhatGREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by the open source software giant Red Hat on Monday, August 11, 2014 that it is going to start a new career track for the professionals to become certified professionals in the domain of cloud computing management based on the Red Had Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. This was announced through an official press release statement of the company. According to the official statement, this new technical career path would be stated as the part of the largest commercial ecosystem based on OpenStack cloud computing platform called as Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network.

While explaining the purpose of the new career path, it was further elaborated that this program would enable the technical professionals to acquire the structured knowledge and expertise in the domain of cloud computing management based on the fast growing OpenStack based cloud platform. It was further informed that the organized track to acquire the knowledge to manage the cloud ecosystem based on Red Hat supported platform would develop the confidence in the customers and partners across the globe. The professionals certified under this certification would be able to get the priority while seeking the technical jobs in the field of cloud computing.

Meanwhile, it was informed that Red Had is closely working with numerous providers of cloud computing management solutions such as, HP, BMC and many others, which are the partners of Red Hat’s OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network. They have already contributed a lot in developing the certification course to make sure that the certificate serves the desired purposes.

The General Manager at Red Hat’s Visualization and OpenStack division, Mr. Radhesh Balakrishnan, in his statement said, “As OpenStack is becoming a core element of the enterprise cloud strategy for many customers, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is architected and backed by the broadest partner ecosystem to be the preferred platform. The growth and maturity of the ecosystem reflects the evolution of the product moving from addressing infrastructure-centric alignment to help with early deployments to now be well-managed, to be part of enterprise hybrid cloud implementations.”

The corporate representatives of both HP and BMC were of the view that this certification would be very beneficial for the entire Red Hat’s cloud ecosystem.