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With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 you can improve operational efficiency by using Containers, JeOS, and more.

Next-generation application delivery with Linux containers, the open platform for distributed applications that allows developers and IT administrators to build, ship, and run applications anywhere, is supported in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 for production environments. In SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, Linux containers and container engine from the open source Docker project are fully supported to improve operational efficiency in your enterprise enivronment.

Minimized and ready-to-run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server JeOS in both private clouds and virtualized data centers, fast deployment is critical to achieve operational efficiency. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server JeOS (Just Enough Operating System) is a slimmed down form factor of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server that is ready to run in virtualization environments and clouds. It offers you just enough OS to run your applications to meet your business needs. You don’t need to re-certify your applications. And it serves as a silver image KIWI template. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server JeOS, you can get the most out of your SUSE Linux Enterprise Server subscription to fit your needs.
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Expediting work with faster IT management tools
You know how important the right tools are to efficiently operating your data center. They perform work faster or complex tasks better, often saving you time and reducing costs. New and improved tools in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 simplify and automate different areas of system management. KIWI, a versatile tool to create a large variety of custom Linux OS, virtual machine and disk images, simplifies your “golden image” deployment process. KIWI is now included in your SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 subscription.

For network configuration management, a new, unique tool—Wicked—provides dynamic infrastructure and network–configuration–as–a–service to efficiently perform important work that configuration files and scripting are no longer adequate to provide. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 also comes with a new installer that is faster and requires less reboot time. And, of course, you can continue to automate your installation using AutoYaST. More

Optimizing resource utilization through flexible deployment options
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 gives you flexible deployment options, including support for mixed IT environments. As a result, you can make IT choices that are right for your current and future operational needs and strategy, and optimize resource utilization to increase ROI and save money.

You can deploy SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 in physical, virtual and cloud environments. In physical environments you can take advantage of the latest IT architectures such as Intel 64, IBM System z and IBM POWER. For virtualization and private clouds, you can deploy it on various mainstream hypervisors including vSphere, Hyper–V and more. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 also includes Xen and KVM, giving you maximum virtualization host flexibility and choice. In Windows environments, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 provides better interoperability than before as Samba 4 is now included.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is available on more than 50 public clouds, including Amazon EC2, Google GCE and Microsoft Azure. And the new optional Public Cloud Module introduced in this release provides the latest cloud integration tools—to make joining the cloud faster and easier. As a result of these and other features you can better match or "right–size" your workload and infrastructure, and maximize your operational efficiency.