SUSE Expands Container Management and Deployment Capabilities

Tuesday Jun 27th 2017 by Sean Michael Kerner
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New update of SUSE Manager and general availability of SUSE's Container-as-a-Service offering debut.

Like most Linux vendors today, SUSE is keeping busy updating it portfolio to support the growing demand for container management and services. So far this month, SUSE has announced two different efforts to improve its container portfolio.

On June 27, SUSE announced its SUSE Manager 3.1 update, which provides new capabilities for organizations to manage software across both container and cloud infrastructure. SUSE Manager has been part of the SUSE portfolio since 2011, when the company was still part of Novell.

"SUSE Manager's new container management and compliance capabilities will enable customers to automate orchestration and provisioning of their container-based services while ensuring container compliance from the same tool they are already using to manage their Linux infrastructure," Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president for Enterprise System Management Software at IDC, said in a statement.

SUSE Serves Up Container-as-a-Service Platform

On June 19, SUSE announced the general availability of its CaaS (Container-as-a-Service) platform. The SUSE CaaS service was first announced by SUSE in November 2016. At the core of the platform is a container-optimized version of SUSE Linux called SUSE Linux Enterprise MicroOS.

SUSE CaaS also includes Kubernetes for container orchestration and Salt for configuration and automation.

"No, this is not Kubernetes as a Service," Raj Meel, Global Product & Solution Marketing Manager at SUSE, told ServerWatch. "SUSE CaaS Platform provides the full container infrastructure solution, including container OS, container runtime, orchestration, registry, etc, so customers can easily build & run the container-based applications/services."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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