SUSECON Wrap-up: SUSE Cloud Application Platform
Now that SUSECON 2019 has wrapped up, I wanted to share all the information and articles related to SUSE Cloud Application Platform in one place. SUSECON was a really interesting conference, obviously focused on SUSE products and services, but also attended by partners, press, analysts, and customers. It was great to have so many substantive conversations with them. Many SUSE employees work remotely or are distributed at various offices around the world, so it was also great to meet so many colleagues in person for the first time.
The big news from SUSECON, from my biased point of view, was the announcement of SUSE Cloud Application Platform 1.4, the first Cloud Foundry software distribution to include Project Eirini and enable native Kubernetes container scheduling as an option, in addition to adding support for Google Kubernetes Engine and several other useful features and updates.
I will be posting summaries of links to recorded sessions from SUSECON that relate to the platform over the coming days. In the meantime, here are some of the related blog posts, press releases, and news articles for more information about SUSE Cloud Application Platform and Project Eirini in general:
Troy Topnik, senior product manager for the platform, posted a blog about the release, talking about the new features and capabilities. v1.4 is now officially available!
The Cloud Foundry Foundation issued a press release about new things coming out of the Cloud Foundry Summit, which was coincidentally taking place in Philadelphia at the exact same time as SUSECON. Highlights from SUSE’s point of view include an update on Project Eirini and some information about SUSE Cloud Application Platform 1.4.
I had the chance to sit down with Nicolas Christener (CEO/CTO) and Lucas Bickel (software engineer) of Adfinis Sygroup AG, one of our partners in Switzerland. We talked about their experience adopting, implementing, and running SUSE Cloud Application for the Swiss federal government, including discussions about how an application platform can have a positive impact on creating a more agile culture for its users.
Frederic Lardinois from TechCrunch digs into the importance of Project Eirini to Cloud Foundry and how Eirini allows Cloud Foundry to be more Kubernetes-native. Chip Childers, CTO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation said, “What we’re seeing now is… a very clear sign that this is going to be the go-forward architecture for the future of the Cloud Foundry Application Runtime.”
Adrian Bridgwater’s day zero post about SUSECON, announcements, and an overview of the latest product news. “(SUSE CEO Nils Brauckmann) also noted that with an increased level of growth in software-defined infrastructures, there will be more focus on SUSE application delivery solutions in the coming weeks, months and years.”
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes about all the things SUSE has to offer other than what we’re most known for, including the new release of SUSE Cloud Application Platform. “Can SUSE really live up to its claim to being the largest independent open-source company? I wouldn’t bet against it. The German global company has decades of experience, powerful partners, and true dedication to open-source software.”
Richard Speed from The Register writes about the latest SUSE announcements and future direction. “SUSE CEO Nils Brauckmann is very keen on the whole multi-cloud thing, and told us that he aimed to ‘advance my capabilities faster in the area of multi-cloud management. Everything that has to do with cloud-native, container-first application delivery tools.'”
Dan Meyer dives a little deeper into Project Eirini and how it is helping move Cloud Foundry forward. “The Eirini work also moves Cloud Foundry closer to the “shiny ball” that is Kubernetes. From a practical perspective, Cloud Foundry is a higher level abstraction for developers. However, this week’s Cloud Foundry event has been heavy on discussions and demonstrations of tying Cloud Foundry closer to Kubernetes. For Cloud Foundry, that preferred method is Eirini.”
Matthew Burbidge writes about SUSE Cloud Application Platform 1.4. “Jennifer Kotzen, a senior product marketing manager at SUSE, said the Cloud Application Platform automated the workflow of a container. ‘By automating that, in a streamlined way, we can make a developer tremendously productive.'”
Adrian Bridgwater explores SUSE’s Cloud Application Platform and OpenStack announcements, and how they will help SUSE expand beyond Linux. “(SUSE president of engineering, product, and innovation) says it’s only natural that the company now expands to cover the entire range of customer needs for both software-defined infrastructure and application delivery. SUSE (helps) to create, deploy and manage applications and workloads on premises as well as in hybrid and multi-cloud environments – and it does so with an open source first and container-first technology approach.”
Ian Murphy of Enterprise Times speaks with Michael Miller, SUSE’s president of strategy, alliances, and marketing) about SUSE’s latest announcements. “(Michael Miller) told ET that: ‘Workload mobility with VMs is harder than it sounds. Containerisation is a real opportunity. We provide a container as a service product that can be deployed on multiple clouds.’ Miller went on to say: ‘We provide our Cloud Foundry PaaS on top of anyone else’s certified Kubernetes architecture.'”
Mike Vizard dives into the latest SUSE Cloud Application Platform and SUSE OpenStack Cloud releases. “SUSE envisions IT organizations will want to deploy the Cloud Foundry PaaS on Kubernetes to take advantage of the advanced application development environment that has been built on top of Cloud Foundry as well as deploy Kubernetes within a container-as-a-service (CaaS) environment.”
Sean Michael Kerner’s take on SUSE’s product announcements and its evolution from strictly a Linux vendor. “The integration of Cloud Foundry with Kubernetes is about more than just technology for SUSE; it’s about enabling better business outcomes by making it easier to manage applications and the infrastructure it needs to run on. As an industry, Di Giacomo said there is now a shift for IT professionals to be more engaged in innovation for the businesses they work for.”
Todd R. Weiss talks about the latest announcements. “Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE’s president of engineering, product and innovation (said), ‘We are driven to enable businesses to innovate and execute their own digital transformation when, where and how they need, as they support the requirements of their own customers.'”
Dan Meyer writes about how the future of Cloud Foundry could be impacted by the growth and adoption of Kubernetes. “All of those I spoke with know that Kubernetes is the future and that they need to get on board with that program. And, they are happy that Cloud Foundry is using Project Eirini as a measured approach to the journey they are only now just starting.”