In this issue you’ll learn more about some new features in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and how you can benefit from them. Just some of the benefits include advances in high performance computing, new advantages in public clouds for those who run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and more.

Happy New Year!

Marjorie Westerman
Editor-in-Chief


Breaking News

SUSE Now a Micro Focus Brand. In November, The Attachmate Group, formerly the parent company of SUSE, completed its merger with Micro Focus International, making SUSE a principal brand within the Micro Focus Group. For customers, this means an expanded presence in all significant international markets and a broader product portfolio to help bridge the old and the new. For more information, click here.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching Now Available. SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching is now available for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12. Based on SUSE kGraft technology, it increases service availability by updating critical kernel patches without rebooting and reduces the need for planned downtime by patching frequently. Click here to learn more, including requirements.

Beta Testing of SUSE Storage Underway. SUSE is now beta testing SUSE Storage, a self-healing, self-managing, distributed software-based storage solution for enterprise customers. SUSE Storage, based on the Firefly version of the Ceph open source project, is fully featured and delivers lower total cost of ownership, making it well suited for object, archival and bulk storage. Learn more

SUSECon 2014: A Sampling. For those of you who couldn’t attend SUSECon 2014 in November, you can now tune into videos of the keynote speakers, demos and fun on the SUSE YouTube channel. Just click here.


Worldwide Events

 


Product Developments

New in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12: Machinery—an Advanced Systems Management Tool for Systems Analysis. In SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SUSE introduces a new tool for systems analysis—Machinery—as part of the Advanced Systems Management Module. System analysis is part of many use cases you face as an administrator in the data center. You can use it for documenting system setups, validating correct operation of systems management tools, as part of compliance requirements or as a way to consolidate growth infrastructures—as well as a part of more complex workflows. Learn how to use it here.

Introducing SUSE Manager Management Pack 2.1 for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. The new SUSE Manager Management Pack 2.1 for Microsoft System Center Operations now features seamless integration with SUSE Manager 2.1, an improved GUI look and feel and an improved patch and server information export. Co-developed with Microsoft, the Management Pack offers Windows administrators an advanced view of their Linux estate to lower data center complexities. Get an overview of how SUSE Manager 2.1 works, as well as details on how it will benefit your data center.


Partner Updates

SUSE and SGI—Leading the Industry in High Performance Computing. SUSE now supports the largest single image system available in the industry—the SGI UV series—by increasing the number of supported logical cores to 8,192 in the recently released SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12. As a result, customers will be able to take advantage of faster, higher-performing hardware for years to come with increased performance, energy efficiency and reliability. Learn more

SGI Supercomputer Running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Wins Large Department of Defense Deal. The US Department of Defense recognized the joint leadership of SGI and SUSE in high performance computing by awarding a contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to the SGI ICE X running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Learn more

Hitachi Data Systems and SUSE Manager Means Faster SAP HANA Patching. The latest collaboration development between Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and SUSE is the addition of SUSE Manager to the SAP HANA environment. SUSE Manager can now save many hours of patching systems or determining if they are vulnerable to the latest security threat. Learn more

SUSE and Unisys Partner in the High Performance Space.The new Unisys platform Forward! is a secure fabric architecture designed to support the requirements of mission-critical solutions with the flexibility of virtualized environments and the security, scalability and predictable performance of UNIX solutions. It now combines SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension to provide an extremely flexible and cost-effective environment for critical business applications like SAP, ERP, CRM, cloud and big data. Learn more in this video or read about the joint solution.

 


Cloud Corner

SUSE Invites You to “Bring Your Own Subscription” to the Private Cloud. Through a simple online enrollment, SUSE customers can now transfer existing SUSE subscriptions to a SUSE Certified Cloud Provider to deploy new workloads or migrate existing workloads from the data center to the public cloud. There is no additional cost from SUSE, and customers can take advantage of their existing SUSE support relationship. Learn more

SUSE Launches Amazon Web Services Test Drive. SUSE now offers its first Amazon Web Services (AWS) Test Drive on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as part of a program that provides users with an easy, structured way to set up preconfigured solutions and test them at no cost or risk. This first offering is a test drive of the Secure Messaging Service that allows customers to try a secure and reliable digital registered mail solution that meets international protocols and standards. Learn more

SUSE Update Infrastructure Changes for Microsoft Azure. In conjunction with the recent release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 images in Microsoft Azure, SUSE has enabled a new update infrastructure in the Microsoft Azure cloud. The new infrastructure will provide a better service to users of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server images in Microsoft Azure as the repositories are now local to each region. Both SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 images released on November 6, 2014, are set up to take advantage of this new infrastructure. Get more information on how to update your infrastructure.

 


What the Experts Say

Forrester TEI Report: SUSE Reduces Server Capital Expenditures by 80 Percent. A new Forrester TEI Report, based on a study of SUSE customers, found that enterprise customers migrating away from proprietary UNIX systems and standardizing on x86 servers running SUSE Linux Enterprise save millions of dollars in servers, maintenance and time. Read an overview of report methods and conclusions or download the report.


Customer Spotlight

Total: Using SUSE Linux Server on SGI to Fuel Oil and Gas Exploration. As new oil and gas reserves become more elusive, companies like Total rely increasingly on high performance computing and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to find opportunities in an ocean of seismic data. That’s why Total built its new Pangea solution on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the operating system for its new supercomputer. The result: Pangea delivers ten times the computing capacity of the system it replaced, helping Total identify and exploit new reserves more effectively. Read the full story.

GRAWE Group: Reducing Server Update and Deployment Times with SUSE Manager. Headquartered in Austria, Grazer Wechselseitige Versicherung GRAWE Group is a financial services and insurance company that does business in 13 countries across Central and Eastern Europe. By deploying SUSE Manager to centralize the administration of 50 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server instances, GRAWE has freed its IT team from routine manual tasks, accelerated its system update process by 20 percent and has cut deployment time for new servers by 40 percent. Read more

 


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