SUSE 2017 milestones, a year in the kernel

As part of a continuing set of analysis posts dedicated to examining major developments across the major (and some lesser) open source Linux distributions, we consider 2017 at open German softwarehaus SUSE.

Back in March we saw SUSE complete the acquisition of OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS ‘talent and technology’ assets from HPE.

SUSE said it plans to use the acquired assets to expand its OpenStack Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution and accelerate the company’s play into the Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market.

Also in the early part of the year we saw Huawei and SUSE announced that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the preferred standard operating system for Huawei’s KunLun RAS 2.0.

May arrived and it brought news of SUSE unveiling its SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring open source software. The product monitors and manages the health and performance of enterprise OpenStack cloud environments and workloads.

“Based on the OpenStack Monasca project, SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring makes it easy for operators and users to monitor and analyse the health and performance of complex private clouds, delivers reliability, performance and high service levels for OpenStack clouds, and reduces costs by simplifying, automating and pre-configuring cloud monitoring and management,” said the company.

Back to school, Linux style

In May, SUSE opened the SUSE Academic Program which shares no – or low – cost open source software with students globally. This includes a training curriculum, tools and support to help schools, universities, teaching hospitals and academic organisations use, teach and develop open source software.

In June we saw SUSE launch CaaS (Container as a Service) Platform – a development and hosting platform for container-based applications and services. SUSE CaaS Platform lets IT operations and developers provision, manage and scale container-based applications and services to meet business goals faster.

In July, SUSE made SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications available as the operating system for SAP solutions on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

“Customers can use it to leverage high performance virtual machines with proven price/performance advantages for SAP HANA workloads on GCP powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications. It is the first supported Linux for SAP HANA on Google Cloud,” said the company.

CaaS platform 2

Shortly after announcing CaaS Platform, SUSE launched CaaS platform 2, a container management platform based on Kubernetes technology. SUSE also previewed SUSE Cloud Application Platform, which is based on Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes technologies.

“SUSE Openstack Cloud and SUSE Enterprise Storage make up key elements of SAP Cloud Platform – providing robust, enterprise-grade infrastructure services for running applications that allow businesses to collect, manage, analyse and leverage information of all types,” said the firm.

There was even more Huawei collaboration later in the year. Huawei and SUSE announced that they will collaborate to build a more reliable Mission Critical Server.

It will lead the way as a Mission Critical Server that supports memory module hot swap, helping slash unplanned maintenance time while keeping their production systems up and running.

SAP apps

October saw SUSE announce that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications will be available as an operating system for SAP solutions on the IBM Cloud. Additionally, IBM Cloud is now a SUSE Cloud Service Provider giving customers a supported open source platform.

And finally… November saw SUSE launch SUSE Cloud Application Platform to provide enterprises with the world’s leading application delivery platform in the Cloud Foundry and the most widely adopted container management framework in Kubernetes.

These have been combined to help application development and operations groups take better advantage of both technologies to accelerate application delivery and increase business agility.

It was 2014 that SUSE went into its next guise as part of the Micro Focus family after a history of corporate changeovers. Despite this, it appears, the core Linux-driving mission is (if just a little more corporate these days)… basically the same.

Pass me a chameleon.

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