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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. The operating system further raises the bar in helping organizations to accelerate innovation, enhance system reliability, meet tough security requirements and adapt to new technologies. The latest Service Pack 3 optimizes your infrastructure with support for the latest hardware environments for ARM System on Chip, Intel, AMD, SAP HANA, z Systems and NVM Express over Fabrics.

Create and Support an Agile IT Infrastructure

  • Containers

Linux Containers are great ways to build, deploy, and manage applications. Linux Containers and container engine from open source Docker project are supported in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 for your production environments.

  • Just Enough Operating System (JeOS)

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server JeOS is a minimized form factor of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. JeOS is delivered as minimized, ready-to-run virtual images to make the virtualization deployment more efficient. JeOS is also delivered as a KIWI template for customers and partners to use to start golden images.

  • Modules

Modern innovation can outpace the traditional enterprise software delivery model. The modules available in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 meet this need by providing faster integration with upstream updates. This design approach lets you balance the flexibility of the modules and stability of the infrastructure.

  • Full System Rollback

Gain better resiliency. Full System Rollback allows you to take snapshots of the system, including the kernel files, and roll back. System administrators can boot from a snapshot to improve data safety. When you upgrade to a new service pack for your SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, the full system rollback capability minimizes the risk and allows you to rollback easily.

  • Skip Service Packs

Save time & resources with "skip service packs" functionality, which lets you skip upgrades of prior service packs and jump straight to SP2 from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12.

  • ARM AArch64 and Raspberry Pi

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.
  • Open the doors for broad hardware and virtualization support with higher compute density, less power consumption and economical hardware using new ARM based SoC systems.
  • Open Build Service

Create reproducible builds across architectures and Linux distributions using Open Build Service technology.

  • 25,000+ open source packages by user community
  • Enterprise packages built using Open Build Service technology on SUSE Package Hub
  • Salt

Track & manage configurations using Salt integrated in base platform. Salt, available in the Advanced Systems Management module, provides a very scalable, fast and secure way of communicating with systems in real time. In addition, you can seamlessly integrate with SUSE Manager to take full advantage of Salt’s configuration management capabilities.

  • Full support for KIWI

With one configuration, you can use KIWI to create OS images for physical deployments (DVD, USB) as well as provision it into virtual hypervisor environments (Xen, KVM, VMware, HyperV), container frameworks, and public and private clouds.

Deploy Mission Critical Services

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching

Update security patches without rebooting machines and without waiting for your next service window using live patching technology.

  • Open vSwitch with DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit)

Efficiently implement virtual network functions using Open vSwitch with DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit) that accelerates the user space data plane and provides the packet processing capabilities needed for Software Defined Networking (SDN) & Network Function Virtualization (NFV) solutions.

  • Combined with the broad hypervisor support of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server the new network function virtualization capabilities provide SUSE customers with a complete virtualization solution for cloud and on-premise deployments.
  • Mission-critical systems support

Create cost-effective infrastructure based on your mission critical systems requirements. SUSE Linux Enterprise provides proven support for a range of mission-critical systems - Mainframes IBM z System & LinuxONE, Midrange servers powered by IBM POWER8 and scalable Intel/AMD/ARM 64-bit servers.

  • Virtualization

Increase virtualization and reduce data foot print using virtualization technologies that suit your business needs. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server provides built-in support for Xen & Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM), Containers for application automation, paravirtualized driver packs for enhanced virtual machine performance and is optimized to deliver superior performance with VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.

  • VMware Tools Integration

VMware drivers and tools (open-vm-tools) are now fully supported and integrated into SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 in an all-in-one package with their performance fine-tuned.

  • Extensions for Clustering

Achieve higher service availability by clustering servers together and removing single points of failure. SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension offers an industry-leading, mature high availability solution. Further enhance your business continuity by connecting data centers across unlimited distances with Geo Clustering for SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension.


Reduce down-time & improve I/O performance utilizing persistent system memory applications

  • Dramatically reduce down-time by reducing rebuild time upon power restoration with integrated NVDIMMs that save data in seconds and make data immediately available on reboot. Down-time sensitive applications such as on-line transaction processing and financial applications can benefit from persistent system memory functionality.
  • Run applications such as storage and database acceleration at far higher speeds using system memory persistence capabilities of NVDIMM.
  • Exploiting Hardware RAS

Enhance your system reliability and reduce service costs. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 includes exclusive processes to exploit the RAS features of your hardware platform.

  • Certified Applications

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server supports a wide variety of third-party ISV applications. For the complete list of certified software applications for SUSE Linux Enterprise (all versions), please visit www.suse.com/susePSC/home.

  • Certified Hardware

Most leading hardware vendors support our Linux server OS, so you can save money by using your existing physical servers or low-cost commodity hardware.

Continuously Improve Your IT Infrastructure

  • NVMe over Fabrics

Improve application performance with fast local NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) and remote storage devices with NVMe over Fabrics (NoF). Using NVMe you can fully exploit the benefits of modern solid-state memory technology.

  • Interactive and unattended upgrades

Using this feature, system administrators can quickly and easily upgrade their SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating systems, reducing downtime, lowering administrative costs and improving quality. In fact, SUSE Linux Enterprise has been supporting (manual) major version upgrades for ten years. With YaST, you can interactively prepare a suitable profile and then use AutoYaST to automatically upgrade groups of servers.

  • Enhanced YaST Installer

Improve resiliency and automate processes right from installer stage using auto update of code with the powerful administration tool YaST (Yet another Setup Tool). YaST gives you the capability to customize your system quickly during and after the installation. YaST is now written in Ruby so it's open and more easily customized.

  • SUSE SolidDriver Program

The SUSE SolidDriver program accelerates the adoption of new technologies by removing complexities and risks associated with deploying kernel drivers. It gives customers an easy way to identify fully compatible and supported software code.

  • SUSE Customer Center (SCC)

SCC is the new portal to centrally manage your SUSE subscriptions, access software updates and contact SUSE Customer Support. The user-friendly interface gives you a central view of all your SUSE subscriptions, allowing you to easily find the information you need.

  • The Subscription Management Tool (SMT)

SMT helps large organizations centrally receive patches and updates for their SUSE Linux Enterprise software. It provides our customers a way to easily migrate and gain much simpler and faster access to updates and patches.

  • Security standards compliance

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 GA was successfully certified after Common Criteria Certification at EAL4+. In addition multiple cryptography security modules are validated to fulfill the requirements of FIPS 140-2. Those modules are OpenSSL, OpenSSH client and server, Strongswan (IPSec-based VPNs), the Kernel Crypto API, Mozilla NSS (Level 2) and libgcrypt. Certified security modules (packages) can be installed from the "Certification Module".

  • Intel Skylake

Improve system performance using Intel Skylake technology to deliver high performance graphics, improved system responsiveness and longer battery life.

  • Wicked

Wicked makes it easy to manage ever-more-complicated network configurations such as VLAN, virtualization, bridging, bonding, and IPv6. Wicked allows you to import existing configuration files from older Linux operating system versions.

  • Internet Protocol version 6 Specification (IPv6)

The successor to IPv4 provides far more address space for device connection. With IPv6 support, you can connect to next-generation network equipment.

  • Network Teaming

Network Teaming is a technology that applies to various methods of combining multiple network connections in parallel. Similar to Network Bonding, which is already supported in SUSE Linux Enterprise 12, the Network Teaming feature increases throughput beyond what a single connection could sustain and provides redundancy to increase network uptime.

  • Samba 4

Samba allows you to easily and securely interoperate in the Microsoft Windows environment. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 includes support for the latest version of Samba 4, which provides better integration with Windows Active Directory Domains.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 is supported on these 64-bit processor architectures:

  • Intel 64 and AMD64
  • IBM System z
  • ARM v8 (AArch64)