Does this sound familiar? You implemented a distributed environment with x86 hardware for its low cost of acquisition. Then you piled on racks required by your organization’s growth while costs for hardware, wiring, electricity and your data center’s footprint also mounted. Next, you jumped on virtualization to reduce costs, and an explosion of virtual machines resulted in server sprawl and greater complexity. You also use a public cloud for its cost-savings and agile on-demand computing, but data security in the public cloud is a nagging concern. To complicate matters, regular and unplanned maintenance, from patching servers to fixing compromised and failed servers within your data center and in the public cloud, have IT staff running around. Keeping this environment up and running is like herding cats.
Enter IBM LinuxONE, conceived to remedy this situation by helping customers and cloud service providers unleash the potential of Linux for open, agile computing without limits and risk. This is done in multiple ways.
First, LinuxONE hardware can host thousands of servers and millions of containers in a single box, giving you the tremendous scalability you need for growth and eliminating an explosion of racks and virtual sprawl. Also, LinuxONE hardware provides the qualities of service IBM is known for: industry-leading performance, availability, scalability and security. So you can minimize the risk and simplify the maintenance of running mission-critical apps.
In addition, LinuxONE systems run the Linux operating system and use KVM, the leading open source hypervisor. KVM has grown up with Linux and become the default hypervisor for OpenStack, the most popular open source cloud infrastructure. So LinuxONE supplies a solid, open and agile foundation for OpenStack-based private clouds, which you can spin up and consolidate on one system—reducing complexity.
OpenStack-based Private Clouds
OpenStack is the market leader for open, private cloud infrastructure. In “Private Cloud Research 2015,” a recent SUSE-sponsored survey of more than 800 IT professionals in seven countries, 81 percent of respondents reported that they have or plan to implement an OpenStack private cloud.
An OpenStack private cloud can simplify data center complexity, cost and provide the benefits of a public cloud. With OpenStack you can optimize use of your existing resources, allocating capability and capacity for new workloads and migrating existing virtualized workloads to the cloud, as needed. OpenStack controls large pools of compute, storage and networking resources throughout your data center—all managed through a dashboard that gives your administrators control while empowering users to provision resources through a web interface. In this way OpenStack simplifies administration and lowers overhead. What’s more, you can get the agility and cost savings of on-demand computing—with security and compliance under your control.
OpenStack works with popular enterprise and open source technologies, making it ideal for heterogeneous infrastructure. It has a thriving community of developers and a strong ecosystem of partners, giving you current choice and future excellence. However, for some companies, there has been one catch: 65 percent of companies surveyed in a SUSE-sponsored study found it difficult to deploy OpenStack by themselves.
The solution is SUSE OpenStack Cloud. SUSE is a Platinum member of the OpenStack Foundation, providing financial and executive support to help ensure that OpenStack continues to evolve and supports the needs of the community. SUSE is also contributing to ongoing development and enhancement of the OpenStack code base.
SUSE OpenStack Cloud, released in 2012, was the first commercial OpenStack distribution and includes an installation framework that makes OpenStack easy and fast to deploy. Beyond the simplified deployment, line of business managers can easily provision IT-approved application frameworks as virtual machines to meet new market opportunities.
There’s more. SUSE also has been committed to a multi-hypervisor strategy (supporting KVM, XEN, VMware and Hyper-V) since the earliest releases of SUSE OpenStack Cloud and is planning a multi-architecture approach with IBM LinuxONE as well. These and other capabilities and features further fit in with the LinuxONE goal of reducing data center complexity and costs. Stayed tuned for part 2 of this blog series for more information on how SUSE helps you to create a data center that’s open, affordable and sane to maintain.