SUSE Announces Enhancements To SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 Service Pack 2 And SUSE Manager 4.1

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  • The SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2 comes with improved business continuity as it increases system uptime by up to 12 months with SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching
  • The SUSE Manager 4.1 as per the company is an open source infrastructure management and automation solution that lowers costs identifies risk among others

SUSE has revealed enhancements to two enterprise technology solutions SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 Service Pack 2 and SUSE Manager 4.1 has been made available. It said that the SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2 helps customers simplify their IT environments by bridging traditional and software-defined infrastructures and breaking through silos of hybrid IT.

Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE president of engineering and innovation said, “SUSE solutions, including SUSE Linux Enterprise, are designed for IT transformation. Customers stake their businesses on their IT infrastructure and we stake our business on their success. With SUSE and using true open source software, they can simplify their existing environments and ease the transformation that will allow them to take advantage of modern computing as they accelerate innovation in their businesses.”

Cloud enhancements with updated cloud images

The SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2 comes with improved business continuity as it increases system uptime by up to 12 months with SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching. The company said that it also has Cloud enhancements with updated cloud images that make it easier for customers to benefit from hyperscalers like Alibaba, AWS, Google, IBM, Microsoft Azure and Oracle. It also provides more security for federal government and public sector customers and others running high-security environments with FIPS 140-2 certification-ready packages and support for a complete and secure offline installation for air-gapped deployments.

Michael Desens, vice president of offering management, IBM Z and LinuxONE, IBM, said, “Today’s announcement of SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2 adds support for new capabilities of IBM z15 and LinuxONE III including IBM Secure Execution for Linux – a Trusted Execution Environment that is designed to run large numbers of workloads in full isolation at scale, with enterprise-grade features engineered to protect sensitive data from internal and external threats across the hybrid cloud environment. SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2 also includes SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching for IBM Z and LinuxONE, which can help to maximize system uptime and availability for mission-critical systems.”

Legacy infrastructure more efficient

SUSE said that the SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2 will also help customers modernise their IT infrastructure by making legacy infrastructure more efficient and easing migration to cloud and multi-cloud. It will include easier migration of SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA services to cloud and hybrid implementations with automated installation and configuration of the complete software stack.

Integrators can add SAP S/4HANA migration sizing data to deployment scripts for automatic deployment in a few clicks. SAP Basis Administrators can also manage SAP systems with new monitoring and visualization of server, cluster and SAP applications data. It also said that it will provide improvements for on-premises deployments and hardware support with an up-to-2x compute scalability increase by enabling the latest hardware generation.

SUSE also teamed up with Microsoft to develop a solution to collect and graphically display both server and SAP-specific operational data to proactively identify potential problems.

John Gossman, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft Corp., said, “SUSE and Microsoft have a long-standing commitment to ensuring smooth and reliable implementations of SAP systems. Microsoft Azure has standardized on SUSE’s Pacemaker Monitoring Exporter and is pleased to see this capability supported in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 15 SP2.”

DevOps teams with support for automation

SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2 will also help customers accelerate innovation by making it easy to adopt open source and run workloads anywhere claimed the company. It will do so by providing, “Greater operational efficiency and anytime/anywhere access to data through workflow automation and expanded hypervisor support from NVIDIA, putting more tools into the hands of data scientists and IT for managing artificial intelligence (AI) and edge workloads. Support for NVIDIA Tegra X1 and Tegra X2 provides new options for data scientists, while support for the newest Raspberry Pi 4 device enables reduced energy and heat dissipation while improving the installation process.

The company said that it will give faster migration from the openSUSE Leap community distribution to supported SUSE Linux Enterprise with SP2 binaries made available on openSUSE Leap. It will also enable DevOps teams with support for automation, the project builds and message-oriented middleware, combined with management and monitoring features such as RabbitMQ, Prometheus and Maven.

The SUSE Manager 4.1 as per the company is an open source infrastructure management and automation solution that lowers costs, identifies risk, enhances availability and reduces complexity in edge, cloud and data center environments. SUSE Manager addresses all these issues and keeps servers, VMs, containers and clusters secure, healthy, compliant and low maintenance whether in private, public or hybrid cloud.

SUSE said that in terms of new features, it includes expanded operating system support, cluster integration and management, and enhanced usability, virtual machine management and monitoring capabilities. SUSE Manager can also scale to tens of thousands of client devices.

The few features in SUSE Manager for Retail 4.1 include improve operational efficiency with new capabilities supporting small store operations, enhanced offline capabilities and image management over Wi-Fi, and enhanced virtual machine management and monitoring capabilities. It can scale retail environments to tens of thousands of end-point devices and efficiently modernise point-of-service environments as per the company.

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