SUSE Expands Computing Possibilities with SUSE Linux Enterprise Micro 5.1

SUSE Expands Computing Possibilities with SUSE Linux Enterprise Micro 5.1-01

SUSE® , the world leader in innovative, reliable and enterprise-grade open source solutions, today announced the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) Micro 5.1, an operating system lightweight and secure built for virtualized and containerized workloads. SLE Micro 5.1 adds edge-focused security features such as secure appliance onboarding and live patching, and enables workload modernization with support for IBM Z and LinuxONE.

SLE Micro is designed to scale, so customers can incorporate SLE Micro into their digital transformation plans, either at the edge or supporting edge deployments with mainframes, in a way that enables them to transition from load designs from monolithics to microservices, at your own pace. They can start with containerized workloads or virtualize their current legacy workloads, then move to containerized workloads when ready, with no changes to the underlying system platform.

“SLE Micro is fast becoming a critical foundation for customers’ digital transformation, as evidenced by a large US-based systems integrator who chose SLE Micro to modernize their embedded systems with a seven-figure investment.” highlighted Thomas Di Giacomo, CTO and Product Manager. “They want to support container workloads on an immutable infrastructure that is easy to maintain and upgrade, allowing them to reduce maintenance costs and modernize their systems infrastructure. This victory, within six months of introducing SLE Micro underscores SLE Micro’s business readiness, which is the result of leveraging decades of hardened enterprise technology components from the SUSE Linux Enterprise family. ”

SLE Micro is also helping to expand SUSE’s reach in some of its key industry segments, such as telecommunications and manufacturing.

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” One of the largest telecommunications companies in the world views SLE Micro through the lens of openness because its current solution has been transformed over several years into a locked stack,” said Di Giacomo.. “For them, closed source software is not viable because it severely limits their ability to invest and innovate not only with software but also with hardware. SLE Micro helped them unlock the cost saving potential of open source design for both software and software. As for hardware. With SLE Micro’s open standards design, they can explore basic hardware from various vendors and build an open source-based software platform using open standards like Kubernetes with the open source tools of their choice. Ultimately, they expect significant savings on software and hardware while maintaining full control of their technology stack strategy and roadmap. ”

SLE Micro also makes it easy for organizations of all sizes to adopt Kubernetes because it is designed to work well with K3s ,  SUSE Rancher (RKE2),  or third-party Kubernetes distributions.

Bhumik Patel, Director of Server Ecosystem Development, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm, stated: “Evidenced by the broad support for Arm initiatives such as Project Cassini, SOAFEE and the most recently announced Project Centauri, it is clear that the industry is adopting cloud-native software principles today in order to stay ahead of the ever-changing performance and power requirements of edge and IoT devices. With the combination of SLE Micro and K3s, SUSE provides a excellent platform for Arm-based embedded devices, edge use cases and industrial IoT applications. ”

SLE Micro, along with other SUSE technologies, aims to be the foundation for container workloads deployed in all areas of production: edge environments, industrial and integrated IoT, and a variety of computing environments inside or outside the facility. data.

Important benefits for new customers that SLE Micro 5.1 offers include:

  • Decreased deployment time and fewer manual processes with improved onboarding security through secure device and appliance onboarding. Using the Integrated Secure Device Onboarding Client, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) or Independent Hardware and Software Vendors (IHVs and ISVs) can ship a device directly to the end customer and remotely onboard the device remotely. safe.
  • Reduce costly per device downtime with live kernel patches , allowing security patches to be applied as soon as they are available without waiting for a maintenance window and without stopping the running kernel. At the edge, this mitigates the high security risk of thousands of devices that have an active security vulnerability.
  • Capacity for gradual modernization of applications towards an architecture based on microservices . SLE Micro, with its small size, integrated security framework, and near zero administrative overhead, provides an excellent virtualization host and container for IBM Z and LinuxONE. Customers can run their workloads (containerized or virtualized) optimally, with minimal storage, more security, and less latency, on the same mainframe that stores mission-critical enterprise data.

Kara Todd , Director, Linux, IBM Z and LinuxONE, IBM, said: “The addition of SUSE Micro to their IBM Z and LinuxONE compatible products demonstrates continued prioritization of choice. We hope that our joint customers will appreciate being able to take advantage of this distribution of Immutable Linux as a KVM host in its secure execution stack, taking advantage of the security and reliability provided by the IBM Z platform. ”

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