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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 new 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. Now even more than before, deploying to Amazon EC2 is a piece of cake.

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.

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