SUSE reveals new capabilities to flagship enterprise Linux platform

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Announced at SUSECON 2023, SUSE has unveiled new capabilities to help customers accelerate digital transformation as part of its mission to best secure IT infrastructure and accelerate digital trust.

In a report sponsored by SUSE, 88 percent of respondents reported experiencing more than one cloud-related security incident in the past year. To address these concerns, SUSE is enhancing its infrastructure security stack to ensure that customers, partners and open source communities can safely run their application workloads in the cloud, the edge or datacenters.

SUSE has introduced the latest version of its flagship enterprise Linux platform, SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 Service Pack 5 (SLE 15 SP5), which is designed to deliver high-performance computing capabilities for AI and ML workloads.

Highlights of these new capabilities include bringing privacy to cloud and edge environments with confidential computing, which allows customers to run fully encrypted virtual machines to secure data processing in the public cloud and at the edge.  SAP infrastructure has also been secured with automatic discovery and full observability of servers, cloud instances, SAP HANA databases, SAP S/4HANA, NetWeaver applications and clusters.

Building resilience for the Linux estates, SUSE Manager 4.3.6 now supports more than 15 different Linux distributions. Meanwhile, the SUSE Adaptable Linux Platform (ALP), an open source project that provides self-healing and self-management, is now bringing enterprise Linux into modern cloud environments.

In addition, following milestone updates in April, new security-focused product updates have been made to Rancher, including optimized storage, support for hardened VMs and improved vulnerability and compliance management. New experimental features for Rancher by SUSE include the implementation of the full Rancher management console built into Harvester for faster deployment of Rancher, as well as the release of ‘bare metal mode’ in Harvester, which is designed to give users the ability to run and manage VMs and containers in Kubernetes clusters.

SUSE is continuing its investment with cloud service providers across its business and, next month, SUSE NeuVector will be available on the AWS Marketplace, giving AWS customers self-service access to full lifecycle, zero-trust container security with pay-as-you-go pricing.

The SUSECON news follows from the company’s previous announcements that Andy Myers is to be stepping down as CFO and the surprise exit of its former CEO, Melissa Di Donato earlier this year.

Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo, chief technology and product officer at SUSE, said: “Every enterprise must maximize their business resilience to face increasingly sophisticated and potentially devastating digital attacks.

“That means they need to get serious about the security posture of their complex workloads, particularly AI/ML platforms where the protection of customer data is under intense scrutiny. SUSE’s approach to supply chain security along with the latest announcements allow customers to safely adapt the advantages of a cloud native world and to secure their digital business.”