Enterprise Linux distributor SUSE recently announced news of SUSE Cloud 4, an IaaS platform based on OpenStack Icehouse, the latest release of OpenStack. SUSE Cloud 4 features support for the Ceph distributed storage system marked by the ability to deploy distributed block and object storage on commodity hardware. SUSE’s support for Ceph enables the creation of “massively scalable, highly reliable storage clusters” whose deployment can be automated using the SUSE Cloud Administration Server. Version 4 of the SUSE Cloud also features “enhanced integration between existing VMware vSphere environments and OpenStack” in addition to “advanced VMware capabilities for image management and support for VMware Virtual SAN™.” Supported hypervisors include KVM, Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. Overall, the platform boasts enhanced scalability and availability in addition to increased automation. SUSE Cloud 4’s integration of Ceph represents a particularly notable accomplishment given Ceph’s ability to increase the flexibility and scalability of OpenStack deployments.