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Service Pack 2 Highlights

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is a world-class, secure open source server operating system, built to power physical, virtual and cloud-based mission-critical workloads.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SP2) further raises the bar in helping organizations to accelerate innovation, enhance system reliability, meet tough security requirements and adapt to new technologies.

Accelerate Innovation

Service Pack 2 enables customers to bring state-of-the-art solutions to market faster leveraging the latest technologies including:

  • Software Defined Networking & Network Function Virtualization – Telecommunication & advanced enterprise implementations require performance that can’t be met with just Open vSwitch (OVS). The new OVS implementation in combination with the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) runs packet processing workloads in userspace and can process packets up to 10x faster, allowing Telecom providers to efficiently implement virtual network functions.
  • Combined with SUSE Linux Enterprise 12’s broad hypervisor support the new network function virtualization capabilities provide SUSE customers with a complete virtualization solution for cloud and on-premise deployments.
  • Reduce down-time & improve I/O performance utilizing persistent system memory applications using NVDIMM.
  • Implement cost-effective, high performance data analytics - with full support for IBM Power Systems LC and OpenPOWER servers, including bare metal support.
  • Easier access to the latest packages/technologies using new SUSE Package Hub integration with SUSE Customer Center (SCC) that helps customers to seamlessly get modules and package updates.
  • Enhance Reliability & Security

    Service Pack 2 helps you to enhance reliability, improve resiliency and meet tough security requirements ensuring you can run mission critical workloads with maximum uptime and with proven security.

  • Save time & resources with "skip service packs" functionality, which lets customers skip upgrades of prior service packs and jump straight to SP2 from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12.
  • Meet strict security requirements of Federal Government, FISMA and Financial industry with FIPS 140-2 certification, awarded to SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 by NIST and CSEC that ensures crypto algorithms follow standards and no obvious crypto weakness exists.
  • Improve resiliency and automate processes right from the installer stage using auto update of code with the powerful administration tool YaST (Yet another Setup Tool).
  • Reduce downtime for large memory IBM POWER based systems by minimizing memory initialization times for server restarts.
  • Adapt To New Technologies

    Use Service Pack 2 to adapt to new technologies with added support of new cutting-edge hardware architectures.

  • Improve power efficiency using ARM 64’s low power consumption and efficient design for your servers and network infrastructure.
    • SLES12 for ARM is the first generally available commercial Enterprise Linux distribution for ARM AArch64 architecture.
    • SLES12 for Raspberry Pi is the first supported 64 bit Enterprise Linux available for the Raspberry Pi.
  • Deploy high performance computing (HPC) workloads using scalable Intel Omni-Path Architecture.
  • Reduce downtime using High Availability & Geographical Clustering support for IBM POWER.
  • Take advantage of latest advances in container management with container engine from open source Docker project now supported on all architectures including z Systems and ARM.
  • In addition, Service Pack 2 includes new and updated features for SAP Applications that ease migration to S/4HANA, accelerate deployment of SAP applications, tune SAP HANA for performance and create a more resilient and secure SAP environment.

    Service Pack 2 images are available for public cloud infrastructures making it easier to offer public cloud services and migrate to public cloud from on-premise environments.

    The following products are being launched as part of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2: