What’s the point, cloud-native edition: SUSE OpenStack Cloud, Amazon EKS, Eclipse Foundation

What's the point

SUSE cans OpenStack Cloud, focuses on application delivery

Linux distributor SUSE announced its decision to “cease production of new versions of SUSE OpenStack Cloud and discontinue sales” of said product. Going forward, the company will focus on the “increasingly dynamic hybrid and multi-cloud application landscapes”. 

In product terms this means more investments in the company’s Cloud Application Platform as well as its container management product CaaS Platform. Affected users will receive support throughout their remaining subscription period and transition to alternatives.

SUSE demonstrated its newly found focus on containerisation only yesterday by introducing a technical preview of containerised SUSE Enterprise Storage on the CaaS Platform to its customers. The project makes use of cloud-native project Rook to run storage platform Ceph on Kubernetes and therefore offer persistent storage for Kubernetes cluster backends.

Amazon makes EKS Windows Container support official

After listening to customer feedback for a couple of months, Amazon now officially offers support for Windows containers as part of its Elastic Kubernetes Service. The new addition lets users deploy Linux and Windows Server workloads alongside each other on Kubernetes.

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The container orchestrator project itself added Windows support in version 1.14 which was released in March 2019. Amazon however claims to be the first cloud provider to catch up, with competing offerings still stuck in preview land.

Eclipse Foundation tries to make a mark on cloud native software

With eyes set on driving the evolution and adoption of new standards for cloud-based developer tools, the Eclipse Foundation has launched a special working group for that purpose. The newly introduced Eclipse Cloud Development Tools Working Group already spans a relatively broad portfolio with projects such as IDEs Eclipse Che and Theia and counts companies such as Intel, Ericsson, and IBM to its founding members.

Besides spreading the word about its more established tools and probably adding a few more to the mix, the group plans to “explore the impacts and optimizations for running developer tools in a cloud environment”.

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