SUSE Addresses Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

January 11, 2018

Company released patches for most recent SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) versions

BENGALURU, India – January 11, 2018 – SUSE® today announced the release of patches for recent SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) versions to address Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities. The company also announced that the additional patches for other SLE versions and environments will follow shortly.

Last week, security community and a number of IT vendors announced the existence of several hardware security vulnerabilities that allow potential exploits across a range of hardware architectures and operating systems including but not limited to Linux. SUSE engineers immediately collaborated with the partners and the Linux community on upstream Linux kernel patches.

The company is updating all the information on the patches, which can be viewed on Technical Information Document page.

SUSE also provides the additional details on specific vulnerabilities and can be viewed in CVE reports:

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2017-5753/

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2017-5715/

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2017-5754/

Citing the vulnerabilities, Rajarshi Bhattacharyya, Country Head at SUSE said, “The attack against modern CPUs has put a wide variety of systems at risk. SUSE as an operating system vendor has always been the first to address these sort of issues. We encourage organizations to use paid subscriptions which provide enterprise-grade support and security for running their workloads. This allows OS vendors to fix bugs in real time and prevent the loss of critical information. We also encourage service providers who have very stringent SLA’s to use more enterprise Linux operating system as that will help them adhere to their SLA’s inspite of such severe issues.

SUSE informed that due to the nature of this issue, applying the maintenance updates will require a reboot of the operating system. As the research on these issues continues across the industry, the company will continuously update details on the same and will be releasing kernel updates for all maintained SUSE products to mitigate these issues.

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About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 25 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed-today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

Copyright 2017 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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New SUSE Cloud Application Platform Speeds DevOps, IT Transformation

November 7, 2017

SUSE integrates Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes to accelerate application delivery, increase business agility

NEW DELHI / BENGALURU, India – November 7, 2017 – SUSE® is helping enterprises speed application delivery with a growing portfolio of solutions built on industry-standard open source technologies. Today, SUSE launched SUSE Cloud Application Platform as the latest addition to that portfolio. This new solution provides enterprises with the world’s leading application delivery platform in Cloud Foundry and the most widely adopted container management framework in Kubernetes, uniquely teamed to help application development and operations groups take better advantage of both technologies to accelerate application delivery and increase business agility.

With SUSE Cloud Application Platform, we are helping enterprises accelerate IT by supporting multiple approaches to building and delivering container-based applications,” said Gerald Pfeifer, Vice President of Products and Technology Programs at SUSE. “We’re bringing together two fast-paced open source innovations, Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry, as the core of a reliable enterprise-grade solution. Significantly, this solution includes the only containerized Cloud Foundry distribution and the first based on proven, enterprise-grade Linux with SUSE Linux Enterprise. CIOs can now confidently embrace these technologies to speed production of applications.”

SUSE Cloud Application Platform is a modern application delivery platform used by software development and operations teams to streamline lifecycle management of traditional and new cloud native applications. Combining industry-leading Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes technologies, the platform facilitates DevOps process integration across multiple application delivery models to accelerate innovation, improve IT responsiveness and maximize return on investment. Enterprises can use both the high-productivity Cloud Foundry and high-flexibility Kubernetes application delivery infrastructures to accommodate a wide range of application architectures and delivery processes.

Matt Eastwood, Senior Vice President of IDC’s Enterprise, Datacenter, cloud infrastructure and developer research groups, said, “Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry are becoming platform standards supporting delivery of container-based applications today. Unfortunately, many enterprises find themselves caught in a needless struggle to choose between these platforms, when in reality they complement each other very well. SUSE has recognized this and has done something about it. SUSE Cloud Application Platform puts SUSE in a strong position to help enterprises benefit from the combined capabilities of these important technologies.”

Among other capabilities, SUSE Cloud Application Platform simplifies management of Cloud Foundry with a unique approach, leveraging Kubernetes to deploy and manage a containerized version of Cloud Foundry, SUSE Cloud Foundry. The containerized implementation also consumes a fraction of the memory footprint of other Cloud Foundry distributions and is faster to recover and scale. SUSE Cloud Application Platform is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise, delivering Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry on an enterprise-grade operating system.

It’s great to see SUSE continue to leverage the power of open source-taking their implementation of Cloud Foundry Application Runtime, containerizing it and managing it with Kubernetes,” said Abby Kearns, Executive Director of the Cloud Foundry Foundation. “We’re also excited to see them inject SUSE Linux Enterprise into this distribution, providing enterprises with the ability to run Cloud Foundry containers based on an enterprise-grade operating system. SUSE has hit a key mark with this distribution and so far the response has been very positive across the Cloud Foundry community.”

Andrei Yurkevich, CTO at Altoros, said, “Being a Cloud Foundry integrator for more than five years and having tried almost all of its flavors, we are really impressed with the work done by SUSE. Employing Kubernetes simplifies the deployment, improves infrastructure utilization, and ensures easy integration into established IT environments. The technology choice and the commercial open source distribution model lower the adoption barrier for Cloud Foundry and bring it closer to a broader range of large and mid-size enterprises.”

SUSE Cloud Application Platform is now available on a limited basis to select customers. For more information, visit www.suse.com/products/cloud-application-platform.

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About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 25 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed-today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

Copyright 2017 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications Coming to the IBM Cloud

October 26, 2017

NEW DELHI / BENGALURU, India – October 26, 2017 – SUSE® today announced that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications will be available as an operating system for SAP® solutions on the IBM Cloud. In addition, IBM Cloud is now a SUSE Cloud Service Provider, giving customers a supported open source platform that makes them more agile and reduces operating costs as they only pay for what they use.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications on the IBM Cloud will enable customers to quickly build, deliver and deploy business-critical workloads in SAP NetWeaver® and SAP HANA® in the cloud. In addition, customers can integrate their SAP applications running on SUSE Linux Enterprise across different hardware platforms, including IBM Power, into a hybrid or private cloud deployment. Customers will benefit from IBM’s global network of nearly 60 cloud data centers across six continents as well as access to the rich IBM Cloud catalog of services including AI, data and analytics, IoT, serverless and more.

Customers need access to a secure and scalable cloud platform to run mission-critical workloads, one with the speed and agility of IBM Cloud, one of the largest open public cloud deployments in the world,” said Phillip Cockrell, SUSE Vice President of Worldwide Alliance Sales. “As public cloud grows increasingly more popular for production workloads, SUSE and IBM are offering enterprise-grade open source software fully supported on IBM Cloud. Whether big iron or public cloud, SUSE is committed to giving our customers the environments they need to succeed.”

Jay Jubran, Director of Offering Management, IBM Cloud, said, “IBM Cloud is designed to give enterprises the power and performance they need to manage their mission-critical business applications. IBM provides a spectrum of fully managed and Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions to support SAP HANA applications including SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as well as new bare metal servers with up to 8TB of memory.”

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications will be available on the IBM Cloud in the fourth quarter of 2017. For more information about SAP HANA, IBM Cloud and SUSE, visit www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/bluemix/sap-bare-metal-servers and www.suse.com/ibm.

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About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed-today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

Copyright 2017 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


SUSE Software-Defined Storage Leverages Open Source to Break Proprietary Lock-in and Reduce Customer Costs

September 26, 2017

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 soon to be available with new disk-to-disk backup capabilities for enterprises

NEW DELHI / BENGALURU, India – September 26, 2017 – The power of storage solutions has always resided in the software, and SUSE® software-defined storage is giving customers more flexibility and choice than traditional storage appliances provide. It allows them to meet their growing storage needs more securely and cost effectively using industry-standard hardware and open source-based software-defined storage solutions. Accordingly, SUSE today introduced SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 with enhanced ease of management, improved performance and expanded features including new disk-to-disk backup capabilities for enterprise customers.

Every generation of enterprise infrastructure innovation is now being built on open source,” said Gerald Pfeifer, Vice President of Products and Technology Programs at SUSE. “SUSE is expert at both contributing to and using upstream innovation to create enterprise-grade, secure solutions that can be combined with other technologies to best address customer needs. This approach applied to software-defined storage delivers highly scalable solutions that radically reduce storage costs in terms of both capital and operations expense.”

Gartner analysts noted in a recent Cool Vendor report, “It has become painfully evident that storage capacity demands, and expectations for far more rapid provisioning of that storage, have far outpaced the ability of [infrastructure and operations] teams’ capabilities. Far-more-automated systems are required to restore a sense of balance, that is, storage solutions that offer much greater scale, but also much more automation.”*

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5

The latest release of SUSE’s intelligent software-defined storage management solution, SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 will enable IT organizations to accelerate innovation and reduce costs by efficiently transforming their enterprise storage infrastructures. It is based on the Luminous release of the Ceph open source project, and it is ideally suited for compliance, archive, backup and large data storage. Large data applications include video surveillance, CCTV, online presence and training, streaming media, X-rays, seismic processing, genomic mapping, and computer-assisted design. Backup and archive applications include Veritas NetBackup, Commvault and Micro Focus Data Protector, along with compliance solutions such as iTernity.

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 is the first commercial offering to support the new BlueStore backend within Ceph. This follows SUSE’s first-to-market support for iSCSI and CephFS in previous versions of SUSE Enterprise Storage. Customer benefits of this release include:

  • The ability to service environments that require higher levels of performance through the new BlueStore native object storage backend. SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 offers up to double the write performance of previous releases, coupled with significant reductions in I/O latency.
  • The ability to free up capacity and reduce data footprint via BlueStore-enabled data compression.
  • Increased disk space efficiency of a fault-tolerant solution through enablement of erasure coding for replicated block devices and CephFS data.
  • Lowered operational cost with an expanded advanced graphical user interface for simplified management using the next generation openATTIC open source storage management system.
  • Simplified cluster management and orchestration through enhanced Salt integration.
  • Production support of the Network File System (NFS) Gateway exporting CephFS and enabling users on a client computer to access files over a computer network.
  • Production support for the Network File System (NFS) Gateway exporting the RADOS object gateway (RGW) and enabling legacy file applications that need a filesystem interface to access cloud native Amazon S3 or Swift data.
  • A technical preview of Ceph’s ability to export a file system to CIFS/Samba for heterogeneous connectivity.

Disk-to-disk backup in SUSE Enterprise Storage

SUSE Enterprise Storage now offers an efficient and flexible disk-to-disk backup solution that is scalable, self managing, fault tolerant, always on and easy to upgrade. SUSE Enterprise Storage delivers these capabilities without the costs typically associated with high-end functionality. Inexpensive industry-standard hardware running open source software lets customers avoid the high prices and vendor lock-in of proprietary solutions. SUSE Enterprise Storage also beats the cost of enterprise open source alternatives as well as commercial offerings with an innovative licensing model that avoids per-gigabyte storage costs.

In addition, the need for a separate deduplication device (a sophisticated device usually associated with proprietary solutions that is designed to reduce the overall storage volume by eliminating duplicated data) is eliminated through advanced backup software that provides deduplication services. SUSE is certified with leaders in enterprise backup software, including Commvault and Veritas, all of which feature built-in deduplication.

In a recent total cost of ownership comparison of disk backup solutions, software-defined storage in general and SUSE specifically came out on top. According to IT Brand Pulse, “The cost data says SUSE is the clear value leader led by best-in class pricing model which includes support in the software license and, unlike others where license costs are front-loaded, the cost of a software is spread out evenly over the five years.”

SUSE Enterprise Server 5 will be available in the fourth quarter. For more information, visit www.suse.com/storage.

*Gartner, “Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies, 2017,” Dave Russell, Arun Chandrasekaran, Julia Palmer, Raj Bala, Alan Dayley, Pushan Rinnen, Garth Landers, 12 May 2017.

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About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

Copyright 2017 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners


SUSE to Showcase Open Source Innovations That Are Transforming Businesses at SUSECON 2017 in Prague

September 15, 2017

Keynotes from Fujitsu, HPE, Microsoft, SAP and SUSE headline global end-user conference Sept. 25-29

NEW DELHI / BENGALURU, India – September 15, 2017 – SUSE, the open, open source company, today announced sponsors, keynotes and breakout session details for its upcoming SUSECON 2017 global end-user conference, to be held Sept. 25-29 in Prague, Czechia.

SUSECON brings together end users with experts from SUSE, its partners and open source communities in a unique environment where they can dive into the open source technology and innovation that is transforming businesses today. The conference will showcase the latest developments in enterprise-grade software-defined infrastructure with in-depth sessions on key technology topics such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Container as a Service (CaaS), NFV, software-defined storage and software-defined networking, along with showing leading Linux, OpenStack and Ceph-based solutions.

Important and rising software-defined infrastructure technologies will be covered, including emerging leaders Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry. SUSE is leveraging Kubernetes for CaaS solutions that enable IT and DevOps professionals to more easily deploy, manage and scale container-based applications and services. SUSECON will also feature a preview of SUSE’s upcoming PaaS solution, built on Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry.

For SUSE, there’s more to ‘open’ than just the code,” said Michael Miller, SUSE President of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing. “It’s about how we do business, how we engage in our communities and projects, how we partner, and how we provide choice at all different levels of the architecture to enable customers and partners to build best-of-breed solutions and avoid vendor lock-in. At SUSECON, customers experience all of that. Most of all, they see how they can make room for innovation that will help them keep pace in their markets and carry them into the future.”

Keynote speakers in Prague will include:

  • Abby Kearns, executive director, Cloud Foundry Foundation
  • Kozo Otsuka, CTO, MIS – Central Europe, Fujitsu
  • Gary Thome, VP and chief technologist, Software-Defined Infrastructure and Cloud Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • KY Srinivasan, partner director, Enterprise Open Source Group, Microsoft
  • Stefan Weitland, chief product owner for SAP Cloud Platform, and Martin Fassunge, chief product owner, SAP Cloud Platform Internet of Things, SAP
  • Nils Brauckmann, SUSE CEO
  • Michael Miller, SUSE president of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing
  • Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE CTO

The SUSECON 2017 session catalog features more than 150 hands-on, tutorial, case study, future outlook and business overview sessions that dive deeply into technology innovation and the future of IT infrastructure. Session highlights include:

  • DevOps in Daily Business: SUSE Manager as a Deployment Platform.
  • Two Years of Successful OpenStack Operation within the BMW Group: Insights and Experiences.
  • What’s Next with SUSE Linux Enterprise?
  • Software-Defined Storage, the Way of the Future.

SUSECON 2017 sponsors include Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and SAP as cornerstone sponsors, with platinum sponsors Cisco, Huawei, IBM, Intel and Lenovo. Gold sponsors are Amazon Web Services, Arm, Cray, CyberArk, Dell, Infosys, SaltStack, Supermicro and Wipro. For more information about SUSECON, visit www.susecon.com.

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About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

Copyright 2017 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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