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SUSE Linux Enterprise Micro 5.2 is Generally Available


Today, we are proud to announce the release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Micro 5.2 – a lightweight and secure operating system built for containerized and virtualized workloads.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Micro


What’s new?

This latest release of SLE Micro is a stabilization and consolidation release geared towards improving usability and reliability.

  • Introducing self-install image to further reduce deployment time. Self-install image is a bootable pre-configured image that simply installs onto the target system and then uses the same configuration methods of the already existing pre-configured images. Self-install image improves deployment process by removing manual step in deploying SLE Micro.
  • Additional cockpit modules for web-based administration enhance the usability for web-based configuration and administration.

What are the use cases of SLE Micro?

SLE Micro can be used as a single-node container host, Kubernetes cluster node, single-node KVM virtualization host or in public cloud. Since it is built to scale, customers can incorporate SLE Micro into their digital transformation plans – whether at the edge or supporting edge deployments with mainframes – in a way that allows them to transition workload designs from monolithic to microservices, at their own pace. They can start with container workloads or virtualize their current legacy workloads, then move to containerized workloads when they are ready, with no change in the underlying system platform.

Our customers highly appreciate the low maintenance aspect of SLE Micro as it helps them reduce costs while modernizing their infrastructure. SLE Micro provides an ultra-reliable infrastructure platform that is also simple to use and comes out-of-the-box with best-in-class compliance.

SLE Micro is also an integral part of our Edge solution for customers. Here is a summary of benefits derived by some of our customers and partners.


By transforming physical servers on factory floor into Edge devices connected to cloud, Krones reduced number of servers by 50%, using SLE Micro for OS and K3s for Kubernetes.

“With a decentralized approach, we are reducing operational expenses and modernizing application infrastructure by moving applications running on bare metal to a fully managed containerized stack using K3S and SLE Micro.” Ottmar Amann, Software Systems, Corporate R&D, KRONES AG


By diversifying supply chain, one of the world’s largest telecom operators reduced TCO (both hardware and software) for their Edge cloud project – using K3s for Kubernetes, SLE Micro at OS layer, SUSE Manager and Rancher Management for full lifecycle management.

Embedded Systems

A large U.S.-based systems integrator is using SLE Micro to reduce maintenance costs and modernize their embedded systems by supporting container workloads on an immutable infrastructure that is easy to maintain and update.

Mainframe Servers

SLE Micro, with its small footprint, built-in security framework and near-zero administrative overhead, provides an excellent container and virtualization host for IBM Z & LinuxONE.

“We expect our joint customers will appreciate being able to take advantage of this immutable Linux distribution as a KVM host in their secure execution stack, taking advantage of the security and reliability the IBM Z platform provides.” Kara Todd, director of Linux, IBM Z and LinuxONE, IBM.

Arm based systems

“With the combination of SLE Micro and K3s, SUSE is providing an excellent platform for Arm-based embedded devices, edge use cases and industrial IoT applications.” Bhumik Patel, director of server ecosystem development, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm.


SLE Micro, teamed with other SUSE technologies, aims to be the foundation of container workloads deployed in all areas of production – edge environments, embedded, industrial IoT, and a variety of compute environments inside or outside the data center.

Explore and try SLE Micro from here.

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