“SUSE is a ne­ces­sity for en­ter­prise DevOps Jour­ney”

Ra­jarshi Bhat­tacharyya, Coun­try Head SUSE

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How has Suse grown in In­dia and where is the growth hap­pen­ing now?

Suse has come a long way in the Linux mar­ket. We are con­stantly in­volved with the open source com­mu­nity and have many ‘firsts’ to our credit. We were the first en­ter­prise OpenS­tack Cloud dis­tri­bu­tion, the first Linux on the main­frame, and also the first Linux to make KVM and Xen avail­able. Be­sides, we are the pri­mary spon­sor of the com­mu­nity-sup­ported openSUSE Project, which de­vel­ops the openSUSE Linux dis­tri­bu­tion.

In In­dia, we are grow­ing by dou­ble dig­its, and with open source be­ing at the heart of the In­dian govern­ment’s IT Pol­icy, we are ex­pand­ing at a sig­nif­i­cant rate. Suse pow­ers the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive es­tab­lished by the govern­ment, by en­abling cloud ser­vices and value-added ser­vice providers with cut­tingedge, en­ter­prise- class open source tech­nolo­gies. More­over, adop­tion of open so­lu­tions from Suse al­lows th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions to build prod­ucts and so­lu­tions that are com­pa­ra­ble to their for­eign coun­ter­parts.

What are the ma­jor chal­lenges for Suse to op­er­ate prof­itably in the In­dian mar­ket? How do you over­come those chal­lenges?

To­day, the ma­jor chal­lenge that an open source or­ga­ni­za­tion faces in In­dia is the un­avail­abil­ity of skilled re­sources. Suse has been mak­ing huge ef­forts to pop­u­lar­ize the adop­tion of open source right from the el­e­men­tary school to a higher level of ed­u­ca­tions. There are a lot of uni­ver­si­ties, school boards and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres nowa­days that are adopt­ing open source ed­u­ca­tion as a part of their ICT cur­ricu­lum.

SUSE in­vests heav­ily in de­vel­op­ing course con­tent on cut­ting- edge new tech­nolo­gies. There are on­line

acad­e­mies as well as on- de­mand train­ing avail­able to mas­ter th­ese newer tech­nolo­gies. On top of th­ese, YouTube re­leases by ex­perts help in­di­vid­u­als to mas­ter the avail­able tech­nolo­gies. There is a unique pro­gramme wherein SUSE en­ables aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions to sub­scribe to all its course ma­te­ri­als at zero cost. Th­ese ma­te­ri­als are reg­u­larly up­dated. Also, stu­dents and in­di­vid­u­als can get them­selves cer­ti­fied on tech­nolo­gies like OpenS­tack and soft­ware de­fined stor­age.

What will be the role played by OpenS­tack as most en­ter­prises em­bark on their cloud jour­neys?

OpenS­tack has al­ready made its pres­ence felt as an en­ter­prise- class frame­work for the cloud. An in­de­pen­dent study, com­mis­sioned by SUSE, re­veals that 81% of se­nior IT pro­fes­sion­als are plan­ning to move or are al­ready mov­ing to OpenS­tack Pri­vate Cloud. What is more, the most in­no­va­tive busi­nesses and many For­tune 100 busi­nesses have al­ready adopted OpenS­tack for their pro­duc­tion en­vi­ron­ment.

As cloud be­comes the foun­da­tion on which fu­ture busi­nesses will be run, OpenS­tack gains the up­per hand with its flex­i­bil­ity, agility, per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency. Sig­nif­i­cant cost re­duc­tion is an­other ma­jor con­sid­er­a­tion for large en­ter­prises. Be­cause a pro­pri­etary cloud plat­form is ex­ces­sively ex­pen­sive to build and main­tain.

At the same time, an OpenS­tack-based ar­chi­tec­ture sup­ports the kind of in­no­va­tions that en­ter­prises are striv­ing to achieve, as it of­fers self-ser­vice de­vel­oper ac­cess. OpenS­tack will sup­port a much larger trans­for­ma­tion to­ward agility and de­vel­op­men­tal ef­fi­ciency and is not tied to vir­tu­al­i­sa­tion or con­sol­i­da­tion ef­forts.

How can open source im­pact the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion jour­ney of In­dian en­ter­prises?

Dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion is a headache for CIOs be­cause of its sheer het­ero­ge­neous and all-per­vad­ing na­ture. With the data at the cen­ter of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, it is of­ten im­pos­si­ble for CIOs to en­sure that the in­for­ma­tion that per­co­lates down is in­sight­ful and se­cure at the same time. They need a plat­form which is scal­able, flex­i­ble, al­lows in­no­va­tions and is quick enough to turn around. This is ex­actly what Open Source prom­ises.

Tech­nolo­gies like IoT and SMAC will make data more valu­able and vo­lu­mi­nous. The di­ver­sity of de­vices and stan­dards that will emerge will make open source a great fit for en­ter­prises to truly lever- age th­ese trends. In fact, we will be sur­prised to know that al­most all ‘dig­i­tal en­ter­prises’ in the world are al­ready us­ing open source plat­forms and tools to a great ex­tent.

How does Suse look at open source-de­fined data cen­ters?

Most en­ter­prises now con­sider open source to be the pre­ferred so­lu­tion for mi­grat­ing to soft­ware- de­fined in­fra­struc­ture (SDI). In­ter­est­ingly Linux adop­tion in the data cen­ters is grow­ing steadily at a pace of 15-20% YoY. The key driv­ers of SDI - ef­fi­ciency, scal­a­bil­ity and reli­a­bil­ity at min­i­mal in­vest­ment - can be achieved only with the adop­tion of open source plat­forms. Open source helps the en­ter­prises to be ag­iler in build­ing, de­ploy­ing and main­tain­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. Open source adop­tion is es­sen­tial for achiev­ing true ‘zero- down­time’ in Soft­ware-De­finedIn­fras­truc­ture.

Suse be­lieves that open source will have specif­i­cally large role to play in the soft­ware- de­fined-stor­age (SDS) space. It will help or­ga­ni­za­tions in over­com­ing the cur­rent chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with SDS. Open SDS so­lu­tions can scale in­fin­itely with­out a need to re­fresh the en­tire plat­form or dis­rupt the ex­ist­ing func­tion­ing en­vi­ron­ment. For ex­am­ple, Pi data cen­ter in Hyderabad is run­ning com­pletely on Suse. Cloud ser­vice providers like Sify, Tata Com­mu­ni­ca­tions are also run­ning on Suse.

How can open source plat­forms like Suse play the role of a cat­a­lyst in the en­ter­prise DevOps jour­ney?

In the cus­tomer- driven econ­omy, it is im­per­a­tive for or­ga­ni­za­tions to have DevOps and con­tainer­i­sa­tion tech­nolo­gies to in­crease re­lease cy­cles and qual­ity of ap­pli­ca­tions. Of­ten, en­ter­prises strug­gle to get the most out of DevOps model. The in­vest­ment as­so­ci­ated with repli­cat­ing the pro­duc­tion en­vi­ron­ments for test­ing the apps is not neg­li­gi­ble. They also fail to en­sure that the ex­ist­ing sys­tems are not dis­turbed while run­ning a test­ing en­vi­ron­ment within con­tain­ers.

Suse be­lieves that mi­croser­vices run­ning in Docker-like con­tain­ers, on an open and scal­able cloud in­fra­struc­ture are the fu­ture of ap­pli­ca­tions. OpenS­tack-based cloud in­fra­struc­tures are go­ing to be an ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity for en­ter­prises for a suc­cess­ful DevOp jour­ney. The flex­i­bil­ity and in­ter­op­er­abil­ity apart, the open cloud al­lows the DevOps team to re­use the same in­fra­struc­ture as and when con­tain­ers are cre­ated.


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