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SUSE Unveils Major Enhancements to Help Customers

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SUSE, the world’s largest independent open source company, unveiled two improvements in its leading enterprise technology solutions that facilitate, modernize, and accelerate customer business around the world. The latest in infrastructure management is now available from SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 Service Pack 2 and SUSE Manager 4.1.

“SUSE solutions, including SUSE Linux Enterprise, are designed for IT transformation,” said Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE president of engineering and innovation. “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.”

Available in SLE 15 SP2 x86-64, Arm, IBM POWER, IBM Z, and LinuxONE hardware configurations. This new Linux server version is based on the Linux 5.3 kernel. This new kernel release includes upstream features such as utility clamping support and power-efficient user waiting for work schedules.

New in SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2

SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2 customers can control traditional and software-defined infrastructure, as well as hybrid IT. Features:

  • Business continuity has been boosted by SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patch boosting system performance by up to 12 months, which is now available for IBM Z and Linux.
  • Alibaba, AWS, Google, IBM, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle – Cloud enhancements with updated cloud images that make it easier for customers to take advantage of Hyperscale.
  • Support for complete and secure offline installation for high security and air pressure deployments for federal and public sector customers, FIPS 140-2 certification-ready packages, and others operating in high-security environments.

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.”

SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2 enables customers to modernize their ID infrastructure by making traditional infrastructure more efficient and facilitating cloud and multi-cloud transitions. These include:

  • Smooth relocation of SAP HANA and SAP S / 4HANA services to the cloud and hybrid processing with automated installation and configuration of the complete software layer, optimizing performance and downtime. Integrators can add SAP S / 4HANA migration volume data to deployment scripts for automatic sorting in a few clicks. SAP Basic Administrators can pre-manage SAP settings with new monitoring and visualization of data from the server, cluster, and SAP applications.
  • Improvements to on-premises deployment enable the latest hardware development and hardware support with computational measurement increments of up to 2x. SUSE Linux Enterprise supports the latest hardware, including the Fujitsu A64FX, Intel, and the next-generation AMD EPYC ™ processor.

SUSE has partnered with Microsoft to develop a graphical solution that collects both server and SAP-specific performance data to identify potential problems in advance. John Cosman, a renowned engineer at Microsoft Corporation, said:

In addition, SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2 enables customers to accelerate innovation by making it easier to accept open-source and operate workloads anywhere. Features:

  • Data can be accessed at any time through high functional performance and workflow automation and extended hypervisor support from Nvidia, and data scientists and IT professionals to manage artificial intelligence (AI) and margin workloads. Support for Nvidia Tegra X1 and Tegra X2 offers new options for data scientists while enabling reduced energy and heat dissipation while upgrading the support installation process for the new Raspberry Pi4 device.
  • Rapid migration with SP2 binaries to SUSE Linux supported from social distribution on the OpenSUSE Leap.
  • In collaboration with RapidMU, Prometheus, and Maven, Devops operates, manages, and monitors features for teams with support for automation, project development, and news-based middleware.

New in SUSE Manager 4.1 and SUSE Manager for Retail 4.1

SUSE Manager 4.1 is a top-class open source infrastructure management and automation solution that reduces costs, identifies risk, improves availability, and reduces hassle in the margin, cloud, and data center environments. In times of uncertainty and disruption to IT staff, problems with home-grown tools, different management products, remote management issues, lack of automation, and random monitoring and health checks escalate. SUSE Manager addresses all of these issues and keeps servers, VMs, containers, and clusters safe, healthy, compatible, and minimally maintained, whether in the private, public, or hybrid cloud.

New features – including extended operating system support, cluster integration and management and enhanced usability, virtual machine management, and monitoring capabilities – streamline management while reducing costs. The SUSE manager can measure tens of thousands of client devices.

SUSE Manager for Retail 4.1 is optimized and designed specifically for the retail industry with top-class open source infrastructure management. Improvements improve operational performance with new capabilities that support small store functions, advanced offline capabilities and image management, and advanced virtual machine management and monitoring capabilities via WiFi. It can scale retail environments to tens of thousands of end-point devices and effectively modernize dot-service environments.

Statements reference – https://www.suse.com/c/suse-linux-enterprise-15-service-pack-2-is-generally-available/

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