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SUSE Studio in a nutshell

SUSE Studio™ is a web-based tool that allows you to build, test, deploy, and maintain software applications based on SUSE Linux Enterprise. With SUSE Studio you can create software application images or appliances in several formats, making it easy to deploy them on physical hardware, in virtualized environments, or to cloud environments. You can build ISO files for making installable Live CDs or raw disk images that can be written directly to physical hard drives or removable media such as USB sticks. Within a couple of clicks, you decide if you would like to generate virtual application images in the standard formats supported by VMware, Xen, KVM, Hyper-V or OVF. With one click you can also deploy your cloud application directly to Amazon EC2 or SUSE OpenStack Cloud.

More important, SUSE Studio stores all build-related information as well as the configuration of your application images. At any time, you can reproduce your application image or appliance. Integrated version control and change logging enable the review or audit of changes before any application image or appliance moves into production. Integrated "test drive" functionality allows the testing of the application image or appliances before download. Once approved, the application image becomes the baseline to which further changes may be applied in future. This saves you hours of download time, and allows you to securely test your application image before you download and deploy it.

  • Remove complexity of software deployments:

Automate your software deployment process and remove cost- and labor intensive tasks of deploying and maintaining software applications. Let SUSE Studio support you on standardization, virtualization and cloud computing. More ›

  • Reduce development costs and accelerate time to market:

SUSE Studio streamlines the configuration, maintenance and management of software applications into a few simple mouse clicks, helping you tap into new markets quickly. More ›

  • Build virtual applications at the push of a button:

Virtual applications built with SUSE Studio seamlessly integrate into industry virtualization platforms and standards like VMware, Xen, KVM, Hyper-V and OVF. More ›

  • Ramp on cloud:

SUSE Studio is the fastest and easiest way for you to create, test, configure and showcase cloud-optimized application stacks. You can even deploy from SUSE Studio to SUSE OpenStack Cloud or Amazon EC2 with one click. More ›

  • Manage with WebYaST:

Wondering how you'll be able to manage your deployed software applications? WebYaST, a component of SUSE Studio, is the answer. It is a web-based configuration management tool that provides easy-to-use visibility into the configuration, health and performance of any virtual, software or hardware application image or appliance based on SUSE Linux Enterprise. More ›

  • Update with SUSE Lifecycle Management Server:

Maintaining deployed software systems is more challenging than ever before. SUSE Lifecycle Management Server, a component of SUSE Studio, gives you a single platform to manage entitlements and deliver unified updates to your deployed software applications. More ›

  • Publish with SUSE Gallery:

SUSE Gallery is an integrated component of SUSE Studio which allows you to publish, share, exchange, collaborate on, and promote software appliances. SUSE Gallery acts as a central repository for application images or appliances. In this repository, end users can browse for applications that are already available, giving them access to a wide range of ready-to-use functionality. Experience SUSE Gallery ›

  • Get support for KIWI:

As part of SUSE Studio, award-winning support is extended to cover the open source project KIWI. KIWI is an open source command line tool that builds software images from a description file. It is the core image creation engine integrated into SUSE Studio. Available as a separate download, KIWI enables you to build SUSE Linux Enterprise-based application images or appliances rapidly. KIWI is provided free to the community. Through our support, we offer patches and updates, as well as technical support assistance for using KIWI as part of SUSE Studio. Download KIWI ›

Embrace new technologies

Changes in the server market are mainly influenced by virtualization and cloud technologies. These technologies impact an organization's information architecture and long-term planning and require you to adapt how you manage your IT infrastructure.

SUSE Studio™ 1.3 harnesses newest technology trends to provide improvements for:

  • Cloud deployments
  • Virtual deployments
  • Application management in physical, virtual, and cloud environments

The following technical features make these improvements possible:

  • Support for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Enhanced cloud support for Amazon EC2
  • SUSE OpenStack Cloud integration
  • Enhanced lifecycle management
  • Cloud enhancements

SUSE Studio 1.3 lets you easily create and build cloud images. It is tightly integrated with SUSE OpenStack Cloud and OpenStack, so that you can easily create and build cloud images for a private cloud and public clouds.

SUSE OpenStack Cloud is a pre-packaged and supported version of OpenStack that has been tested to work with the SUSE family of products. It is designed for organizations to set up and manage their own private clouds. With SUSE Studio 1.3, you can now choose SUSE OpenStack Cloud/OpenStack/KVM as one of the pre-defined formats for your application image. With the SUSE Studio WebHooks feature, all your SUSE OpenStack Cloud images built in SUSE Studio will now be automatically and immediately imported into your SUSE OpenStack Cloud instance. For more technical details, please read our blog on automatic image imports.

If you plan to use Amazon Web Services to host your server, SUSE Studio supports Amazon EC2 images. Link your AWS credentials to your SUSE Studio account, and you will be able to upload and launch Amazon EC2 instances directly from SUSE Studio. In SUSE Studio 1.3, we improved the user interface for Amazon EC2 deployments and added support for all current Amazon EC2 regions.

SUSE Studio 1.3 takes a lot of the pain out of cloud computing. It virtually eliminates the inefficient manual processes for application deployment by streamlining the entire process of building applications for physical, virtual and cloud environments.

  • Virtualization enhancements

Virtualization has been around for many years. Many enterprises have already successfully virtualized 30-40% of their server workloads and taken virtualization to other areas like desktop and storage. Another trend is the increasing implementation of multiple hypervisors within IT infrastructures. According to a survey of the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), over 65% of responding organizations reported using more than one hypervisor.

SUSE Studio 1.3 is following the trend by adding support for creating Hyper-V images. Your Hyper-V image will include all the necessary drivers to integrate with the Hyper-V management console and provide optimum performance. SUSE Linux Enterprise platform images built with SUSE Studio can now run on Microsoft Hyper-V Server with ease.

In addition, SUSE Studio 1.3 supports native KVM. SUSE Studio supported KVM for years but only via VMware's VMDK format, which sometimes lacked high performance. The support of native KVM (KVM qcow2) eliminated this issue. What's more, native KVM is also the preferred format for SUSE OpenStack Cloud and OpenStack, so those are also in the format name.

SUSE Studio now supports all strategic virtualization and cloud platforms including VMware/VirtualBox, Xen, KVM, Hyper-V, OVF virtual machine, SUSE OpenStack Cloud, OpenStack, and Amazon EC2. Consequently, there is no need to choose a side in the hypervisor discussion because SUSE Studio helps you easily deploy on every major virtualization platform.

  • Lifecycle management

Like all your other application images, application images built with SUSE Studio need provisioning, monitoring, patching and updating as well as configuring. SUSE Studio 1.3 offers a simple way to provide patches to deployed SUSE Studio images. The new "update tab" in SUSE Studio allows administrators to add the management agent to the SUSE Studio images before building begins. This removes the configuration steps in SUSE Lifecycle Management Server, a management component of SUSE Studio. All SUSE Studio images will be synchronized to SUSE Lifecycle Management Server without the need for any further adaptation.