Founded in Nuremberg (but now parent-owned by Micro Focus) under the name Software- und System-Entwicklung (Software and Systems Development)… German softwarehause SUSE is keeping the ‘systems’ part of its original moniker close to heart, or so it appears.
The firm is these days focused on building out its approach to what it calls software-defined infrastructure.
This of course being the notion that all elements of an IT system’s infrastructure stack can be ‘described and defined’ in software.
Software defined also means that (with no human sysadmin or DBA intervention) the infrastructure itself can operate in a programmatically extensible way that is independent of any hardware-specific dependencies.
SUSE has now come forward with its CaaS (Container as a Service) Platform, a development and hosting option (with management functions and scaling controls) for container-based applications and services.
Does containerisation of applications work better under software-defined infrastructure?
Two container tactics
Well, SUSE says that it could do and should do with its platform because firms are either using containerisation of existing applications directly, or using a modern microservices architecture approach — and, crucially, SUSE CaaS Platform supports both tactics.
“Container innovation is improving how applications are developed and run, but companies don’t want to have to set up and maintain a complex and secure container infrastructure by themselves,” said Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE CTO. “They want to focus on creating applications that bring value to their business. So SUSE is providing an easy-to-use container infrastructure solution that helps them deploy next-generation, cloud native container-based applications and progressively migrate traditional and existing apps.”
SUSE CaaS Platform consists of three key components – orchestration using Kubernetes, a purpose-built operating system (SUSE MicroOS) for microservices and containers and configuration capabilities.
What SUSE is aiming for here is the creation of an out-of-the-box piece of technology to bring orchestration (using production grade Kubernetes) and resilient container services deployment power.
That automation theme, again
The ‘automation’ theme here is once again strong.
This is all about automation of deployment management tasks and full application lifecycle support of containers using the built-in container toolset.
The cement in the software-defined infrastructure is toughening up, yet retaining pliability… this could be the stuff of (software) architects’ dreams if the longer market adoption and play works out.