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Product Features

Core Functionality

  • Effectively manage your Linux environment - no matter where it is deployed

Hybrid clouds are designed to let businesses keep some workloads at home and still capitalize on public cloud platforms. Here's how you get the best of both worlds with SUSE Manager. You can run SUSE Manager on premise and/or in public cloud environments (BYOS) and manage the your Linux servers no matter where those servers are deployed—in your data center or in the cloud. This enables you to deploy your workloads across an ideal mix of traditional IT environments and public cloud platforms based on your needs without worrying about how you will manage and maintain the systems.

  • Interoperability Simplifies Management

SUSE Manager is the best solution to manage various Linux distributions - like SUSE Linux Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise Linux - across a range of hardware from x86 to IBM z Systems. It works across VMware, Xen, KVM and Hyper-V, as well as, with cloud environments using SUSE OpenStack Cloud, Amazon EC2 and other cloud platforms. This expands your flexibility and lets you be in control of your environment.

Running virtual machines across both public and private infrastructure often causes IT teams to create additional and separate processes to provision, manage and update the virtual machines. This often removes the value expected from moving workloads to the public cloud. SUSE Manager supports Linux server management no matter where that server is deployed—in your data center or in the cloud.

SUSE Manager is also available as BYOS (Bring Your Own Subscription) on Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure and Google Compute Cloud. "Bring Your Own Subscription" allows enterprise customers to transfer existing SUSE product subscriptions to select SUSE Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) for use within their public cloud.

  • Patch Management

Use the Zypper update stack (on SUSE Linux Enterprise) to rapidly and consistently deploy patches and updates. Receive notifications when the latest software updates are available for Linux servers connect to SUSE Customer Center to easily access updates, security patches and Service Packs.

Plan maintenance windows ahead of time by scheduling updates at the maintenance time you are choosing.

Apply role–based controls to ensure administrators have the appropriate level of authority to manage each system.

  • Software Package Management

Collect and distribute custom software packages into manageable groups. Centrally push software by grouping servers, thereby easing the burden of manually managing each server individually. Create customized repositories for the delivery of operating system packages or RPM Packet Manager–based (RPM–based) applications and content.

Use the SUSE Manager user interface to migrate SUSE Linux Enterprise to new SUSE Service Packs. Leverage the SUSE Manager application programming interface (API) to create custom scripts that allow you to easily automate many of the tasks you perform everyday. In addition, the SUSE Manager API enables integration with third–party applications or systems management tools.

  • Asset Management

Get a complete hardware and software inventory of your systems. Use unattended bare–metal system provisioning to add unprovisioned ("bare–metal") systems that are capable of PXE (Preboot Execution Environment) booting to an organization.

  • Real–time Configuration Management based on Salt

SUSE Manager 3 is now delivering new configuration management approach based on Salt, the increasingly popular remote execution, orchestration, and configuration management framework. Salt provides you with many advantages including: a very scalable, fast and secure way of communicating with systems in real time; the ability to collect system status for installed packages, configuration files etc. in a very efficient way; it has a very easy–to–use and easy–to–extend system of so–called "state files" that allow you to hierarchically describe the configuration of your systems; and you can automate and orchestrate cloud deployments and containers.

Additionally, Salt enables you to move from scheduling jobs on systems to real–time configuration management and monitoring.

In the future, scenarios such as orchestrating servers in an event–driven infrastructure (i.e., where a change on one server can trigger a configuration change on another or even the start of new server instances) to real–time monitoring and security compliance and even "self–healing" IT landscapes will be possible.

  • Automated Management Boosts Productivity

Even in the smallest data centers, manually updating, patching, and configuring servers can be a time-consuming task, and it's easy to make costly errors. As your data center grows, so does its complexity. Endlessly adding IT staff just to keep up with this added complexity is not the answer—automated management is.

SUSE Manager automates Linux server provisioning, configuration and patching for faster, consistent, and repeatable server deployments. This frees up time for you staff,for new tasks and innovations.

  • Patching

Automate the provisioning of operating system instances on bare metal hardware using AutoYaST, Kickstart and PXE boot. Provision virtual guests as easily as physical instances.Provision new servers with the identical characteristics of a server that is already running or with a predefined configuration. Track server changes and return to a previous version or configuration if required. Support first–time installation with rapid setup of network installation environments.

Search operating system instances by packages, patches or system specifications to reduce administrative overhead. Remove unnecessary system packages and freeze the current configuration to avoid package installations by mistake.

  • Redeployment

Re–deploy on the same hardware if it is required. Your physical interaction is not needed.

Monitoring, Compliance and Security

  • Monitoring Reduces Risk

As part of your SUSE Manager Server subscription, Icinga is a modern monitoring server that is compatible with Nagios. With Icinga, you get an easy-to- use monitoring solution, that provides the flexibility to be easily integrated with other monitoring tools you already have in-house. It is all about flexibility and choice.

  • Security

Leverage the easy–to–use interface to CVE (Common Vulnerability and Exposures) vulnerability data. Easily search for publicly known information about security vulnerabilities and exposures.

  • Compliance Made Easy

SUSE Manager gives you a smart way to tackle the challenges of maintaining and demonstrating compliance for all your Linux workloads by providing a standard approach to maintaining the security of your Linux enterprise systems. As a result, your IT staff can develop and maintain standard configurations that conform to security specifications and increase the consistency of provisioning new servers.