Enterprise users who rely on SUSE Linux now have access to a new and updated version of the platform: SUSE Linux Enterprise 12, announced Monday. SUSE says the key benefits this update offers to customers are increased uptime, improved operational efficiency and accelerated innovation.
The new SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 has a 13-year life-cycle that includes 10 years of general support with three years of extended support after that. The platform is aimed at enterprise customers that want to deploy and manage IT services in a physical, virtual or cloud infrastructure.
Along with the updated platform, SUSE Monday also rolled out a new version of its customer portal, the SUSE Customer Center. New features added to the portal are designed to help customers more easily manage their subscriptions, access patches and updates, and contact SUSE for customer support.
Rollback and Clustering for Disaster Recovery
The updated SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 supports several new operating systems and software extensions. They include SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for x86_64, IBM Power Systems and IBM System z; the SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension (along with geo-clustering); the SUSE Linux Enterprise Virtual Machine Driver Pack; and the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and SUSE Linux Enterprise Workstation Extension.
"Given their competitive cost pressures, IT organizations today have a hard time responding quickly to changing business needs and leveraging innovation," said Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager of SUSE. This latest version of SUSE Linux Enterprise, he added, is designed to help enterprise users "stay agile, reclaim budget and easily leverage future open-source innovation."
Among some of the new features of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 are snapshot and full-system rollback capabilities that let users return to a previous configuration if a system update fails. Geo-clustering software is aimed at aiding with disaster recovery by clustering across both virtual and physical distances.
Docker Tech Preview
SUSE's release notes for Linux Enterprise Server 12 also updates customers on the fix status of the GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash) in light of the recent "Bash Bug" (also known as "Shellshock") security threat to Unix-based IT systems (which includes Linux).
We reached out to SUSE Product Marketing Manager George Shi to learn more about what types of users are targeted by this latest update.
Shi told us the new release is designed for users that include customers who need to boost uptime, as well as enterprise developers and customers integrating cloud as a strategy.
For cloud-minded customers, for example, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server "enables customers to deploy containers through LXC. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 also includes Docker as a technology preview," Shi said in an e-mail.
The Docker abstraction layer, Shi said, "is designed to make application workloads more portable. As public cloud providers, such as Amazon EC2 or Google Compute Engine, move to add support to their infrastructure offerings, Docker could make transparent migration of workloads between private and public clouds seamless -- thus enabling true hybrid clouds."