The newest version of SUSE's Linux Enterprise includes full system rollback, live kernel patching enablement and software modules, Linux Containers technology and the Docker framework as an integral part of the OS. Additionally SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 images—with modules enabled—are also now available on Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine and Microsoft Azure.
SUSE has also introduced an updated customer portal, SUSE Customer Center, to make it easier for users to manage their subscriptions, access patches and updates, and communicate with SUSE customer support.
SUSE has also been working with partners HP, IBM, Intel and Lenovo to produce optimised versions of the OS for the partners platforms and software extensions to complement the partners SUSE solutions including:
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for x86_64, IBM Power Systems and IBM System z feature. The IBM systems include support for IBM POWER8 processor-based hardware – including support for little-endian Linux applications running on simultaneous multithreaded (SMT8) and PowerKVM environments – and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z improves workload performance directly through instruction set exploitation for the last two generations of IBM System z processors, state-of-the art support for cryptographic accelerators and the related software stack, and enhancements for operational tasks like faster DASD formatting with dasdfmt or multiple point-to-point NETIUCV interfaces between Linux on System z and z/VM instances.
- SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension and Geo Clustering for SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension—clustering software for increasing services availability, physical and virtual, local and global. A new web console, updated OCFS2 and GFS2 file system support, and the latest updates in ReaR for disaster recovery make protecting core business systems quick and easy.
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Virtual Machine Driver Pack— for boosting Windows virtual machine performance on Linux hosts. It now supports a wider variety of Windows operating systems, such as Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and SUSE Linux Enterprise Workstation Extension—for improving productivity while lowering costs and increasing security. Users can turn servers into full-featured development or administrator workstation environments.
Commenting on the launch Al Gillen, Program Vice President for Servers and System Software at IDC, said, "The industry is seeing growing movement of mission-critical workloads to Linux, with that trend expected to continue well into the future. The modular design of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12, as well as other mission-critical features like full system rollback and live kernel patching, helps address some of the key reservations customers express, and should help accelerate the adoption of Linux in this market segment."
More details of the new version 12 will be revealed at SUSECon 2014 the SUSE global technical conference, to be held Nov. 17-21 in Orlando, Florida. This year's content will highlight the latest technical advances in enterprise Linux, OpenStack cloud, Ceph storage and other open source technologies, as well as reveal the future direction of SUSE.