This issue includes a number of articles that can help you better use your SUSE products—from the new SUSE Customer Center to SUSE OpenStack Cloud and  SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12.

Marjorie Westerman

Breaking News

Software Defined Storage: The Fundamentals.The new SUSE Enterprise Storage for software defined storage (SDS) will soon be available. For a chalk talk about how SDS works and delivers substantial benefits like reducing costs, click here.

Worldwide Events

Product Developments

Reorganizing Your SUSE Customer Center. You asked for it (or, at least, some customers did) and here it is: instructions on how to reorganize your account on SUSE Customer Center. If a stack of expired systems is making it hard to administer your current set-ups, click here for easy-to-follow advice.

Unattended Upgrade Feature in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12. If you are an IT administrator of a large server farm, you can use the Unattended Upgrade feature in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 to automatically upgrade to this new version of the operating system from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 version. A new guide makes this work quick and easy, reducing downtime, lowering administrative costs and improving quality.  

Introducing systemd: A New System Startup and Service Manager in SUSE Linux Enterprise 12. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 replaces the old System V init (SysV init) with systemd, a new system and service manager for Linux.  It changes the way you start up and manage services and introduces a number of new commands and concepts. SUSE can help you with the learning curve. Download the “systemd in SUSE Linux Enterprise 12” white paper for instructions on using this new functionality.

Partner Updates

SUSE and StackVelocity Partner to Accelerate Time to Value When Setting Up an OpenStack Cloud. Delivering a fully orchestrated OpenStack cloud can be complex and time-consuming. Until now. SUSE OpenStack Cloud and StackVelocity are now combined into a reference solution that uses SUSE and StackVelocity software on white box hardware to provide a pre-integrated, optimized and supported configuration ready for deployment. Read about the solution and how to implement it in “SUSE OpenStack Cloud Production Deployment Solution guide, available here.  


Cloud Corner

SUSE OpenStack Cloud in Action. See what SUSE OpenStack Cloud can do in the hands of SUSE experts. To watch this demo of the latest version of the software first shown at SUSECon 2014, click here


SUSE Shop News

New online! SUSE Shops with local language and currency in Greece, Turkey, Israel, Poland, Russia, Japan and Mexico. Other local SUSE Shops we have to offer are in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, South Africa/Middle East and Portugal.

SUSE products now available online as well: SUSE Manager Life Cycle Management and SUSE Manager Management Pack for Microsoft System Center.

Visit the SUSE Shop today!

Customer Spotlight

SUSE and Microsoft Interoperability Enables Hostnordic to Expand Offerings by 20 Percent Without Adding Headcount. Headquartered in Denmark, Hostnordic is one of Scandinavia’s leading managed services providers. To grow and maximize profitability, the company needed to add a Linux offering to its Microsoft solutions—without increasing headcount. The company chose SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, SUSE Manager and SUSE Manager Management Pack for Microsoft Service Center for their interoperability with its existing environment—and avoided the cost of a 20 percent increase in IT personnel. Read more

Inovelan Cuts the Time and Cost of Installing Patient Information Appliances in Half—with SUSE Technologies. Based in France, Inovelan provides innovative solutions for securely sharing health care data. In creating an appliance for secure patient data exchange, Inovelan chose SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the OS, SUSE Studio to build and configure system images for customized client appliances quickly and easily and SUSE Manager for repeatable, secure system management and maintenance. As a result, the company is now able to install new appliances in approximately half the time and at half the cost. Read more


Regional News

  • SCaLE. Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 19-22
  • openSUSE Mini Summit at SCaLE, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 19
  • IBM Share. Booth 104. Seattle, Mar. 1-6

SUSE Linux Expert Days North America (Various Cities). Each SUSE Linux Expert Days provides a day of technical discussion, presentations and demos, featuring SUSE engineers, subject matter experts and select partners who share key innovation topics and a host of technologies in action, including:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 including btrfs, live kernel patching, clustering, Docker, release management, etc.
  • SUSE OpenStack Cloud, OpenStack and virtualization for the enterprise
  • A glimpse at SUSE Enterprise Storage, big data support and new features

Cities hosting a SUSE Linux Expert Day during the next two months are:

  • Seattle, February 18
  • Tysons Corner, February 19
  • Dallas, February 24
  • Boston, February 24
  • Denver, February 26
  • Ft. Lauderdale, March 3
  • Nashville, March 5
  • Minneapolis, March 12
  • St. Louis, March 12
  • Los Angeles, March 18
  • Irvine, March 19
  • New York City, March 24
  • Philadelphia, March 26


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