SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Version Comparison

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 delivers more improvements, enhancements and value over prior versions.

Feature SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
Reliability, Availability and Serviceability
  • Full System Rollback
  • MCE-log (Intel 64)
  • Ready for SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching
  • Swap Over NFS
  • More efficient scheduler
  • Control groups
  • Device mapper multipath I/O
  • Carrier Grade Linux (CGL 4.0) support
  • Boot Over SAN
  • Advanced Scheduler
  • Asynchronous and Multipath I/O
Advanced Security
  • U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validation (in process)
  • Common Criteria Certification at Evaluation Assurance Level EAL4 (in process)
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) support
  • Improved AppArmor®
  • Fanotify Support
  • Updated Firewall, Virtual Private Networking, Encryption, Authentication, and Certificate Creation and Management
  • AppArmor
  • Integrated Firewall, Virtual Private Networking, Encryption, Authentication, and Certificate Creation and Management
Cross-Platform Virtualization
  • Open-vm-tools Included
  • Docker (Tech Preview)
  • Improved Xen Hypervisor
  • Support for Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)
  • Updated SUSE Linux Enterprise Virtual Machine Driver Pack
  • Improved Support for VMware vSphere
  • Improved Support for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Linux Containers Support
  • Integrated Xen Hypervisor
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Virtual Machine Driver Pack
  • Support for VMware vSphere
  • Support for Microsoft Hyper-V
Simplified Administration, Development and Systems Management
  • New Installer
  • New YaST
  • Wicked Network Configuration Management
  • SUSE Customer Center (SCC)
  • Improved Subscription Management Tool (SMT)
  • Advanced Systems Management Module
  • KIWI fully supported
  • Btrfs file system support
  • Improved YaST®, AutoYaST and WebYaST
  • Improved ZYpp Package Management System
  • Small Footprint CIM broker
  • Cross architecture debugger
  • Improved NCC and SMT
  • Updated Software Development Kit
  • YaST and AutoYaST
  • Package Management System
  • Instrumented for Common Information Model (CIM)
  • Novell Customer Center (NCC) and Subscription Management Tool (SMT)
  • Power profiles
  • Software Development Kit
Interoperability with other Platforms
  • Samba 4 with server-side copy improvements
  • IPv6
  • Latest Samba 3.6
  • Updated NFS 4.1
  • Linux Standards Base compliant (LSB 4.0)
  • Server message block networking protocol support
  • POSIX compliant
High Performance Computing
  • 8,192 Logical CPU support
  • 64TiB RAM support
  • Updated OFED stack
  • Support for Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Support for Data Center Bridging (DCB)
  • Tickless idle
  • IPv6 support for NFSv3
  • Transparent huge page support
  • USB 3.0 support
  • Open Fabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) support
  • USB 2.0 support
Modular extensions for advanced capabilities
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension
  • Geo Clustering for SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension
  • Web and Scripting Module
  • Legacy Module
  • Public Cloud Module
  • Toolchain Module
  • Advanced Systems Management Module
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time Extension
World-class support from SUSE
  • Unlimited technical support with Standard or Priority
  • 24x7x365 coverage with Priority
  • Customizable Premium Service
  • 10-year general support plus 3-year extended support
  • SupportLink
  • Updated SupportAdvisor
  • 700+ trained associates, 11 centers, 24x7x365
  • SupportAdvisor
  • 700+ trained associates, 11 centers, 24x7x365