Thursday, 20 May 2021 16:57

SUSE Linux announces SUSE Edge, SUSE Hybrid IT, SLES 15 SP3 and more


Enterprise-grade open source software provider SUSE announced the latest news in its SUSE Linux Enterprise product, as well as new edge computing and hybrid IT solutions during this week’s SUSECON Digital 2021 conference.

SUSE, or "Software und System Entwicklung" (software and systems development, for the non-German speakers), made the announcements this week during its annual SUSECON conference, broadcasting from Nuremberg.

The announcements include:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Service Pack 3 (SLES 15 SP3) with full binary compatibility between openSUSE Leap and SUSE Linux Enterprise. Users can migrate workloads from development and UAT environments running Leap to production environments running SLES 15 SP3 and back again.
  • SUSE also plans to introduce programs and services to help CentOS users migrate to Leap, now CentOS no longer has binary compatibility with any commercial Linux distribution.
  • SLES 15 SP3 further introduces SUSE Linux Enterprise Base Container Images (SLE BCI) to provide open, flexible and secure container images and application development tools for immediate use by developers and integrators. This will be released in a hardened and certified version for regulated markets.
  • SLES 15 SP3 also updates support for Intel, AMD, ARM chipsets, IBM Z and POWER hardware platforms, and strengthened security and data protection with STIG compliance.
  • SUSE Rancher 2.6 will feature a new, clean, crisp user interface to enhance the overall cluster management experience, no matter if managing one or a million clusters. The product will deliver full lifecycle management of Microsoft and Google Kubernetes products, adding AKS and GKE to the existing Amazon EKS support.
  • SUSE Edge is a new open, lightweight software infrastructure for building, deploying and managing cloud-ready and cloud-native applications across all edges. SUSE Edge connects these edges to public and private clouds as well on-premises data centres, bringing automation, security and a common management framework. It brings a new lightweight SUSE Linux Enterprise Micro edition and a new lightweight Kubernetes distribution named K3s. Both of these have been specifically designed for edge operating environments.
  • SUSE Hybrid IT is an open, interoperable solution consisting of SUSE Rancher, RKE, Longhorn, SUSE Manager, and SLES. This hybrid IT solution offers a complete software stack to run traditional applications and cloud-native applications no matter where you host it.

The company used the conference to re-iterate its commitment to truly open products - not only open source but always able to interoperate with any other product customers choose, allowing full freedom to innovate.

"Our commitment to open interoperability is based on our confidence that we can offer unique value in each of our products, and that we will continue to innovate more rapidly than our competitors in order to sustain our market leadership," said Melissa Di Donato, SUSE CEO. "Today's announcements demonstrate our commitment to innovation with game-changing enhancements to our SUSE Linux Enterprise and SUSE Rancher Kubernetes management technologies, new cloud-ready and cloud-native solutions for Edge and Hybrid IT environments, and a host of cutting-edge open-source projects."

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David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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