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SUSE eases container management, app delivery

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Kathy Gibson at SUSEcon, Prague – Container development is growing in popularity as enterprises look for ways to build open, agile, scalable and cloud-ready applications.

Now SUSE is helping companies to manage containers at scale using Kubernetes, and to seamlessly deliver these applications using Cloud Foundtry.

SUSE recently debuted its containers as a service (CaaS) platform and today announced the second iteration of the solution.

SUSE CaaS Platform 2 is a container management platform based on Kubernetes technology, while SUSE Cloud Application Platform is an application delivery platform based on Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes technologies.

“IT transformation and the needs of enterprise customers are driving tremendous technology innovation,” says Nils Brauckmann, CEO of SUSE. “With the drastic growth of enterprises running workloads using containers in production and DevOps being a key part of their IT strategy moving forward, SUSE continues to expand its application delivery portfolio to align with these strategic customer needs.

“Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry have emerged as leading technologies around which enterprises are building strategic application delivery transformation initiatives.

“With SUSE CaaS Platform and SUSE Cloud Application Platform, we are delivering these technologies to our customers in a very consumable way. It’s an example of understanding the market need and trajectory, then identifying and bringing the right technology to the enterprise.”

SUSE CaaS Platform is an enterprise-class container management solution that enables IT and DevOps professionals to more easily deploy, manage and scale container-based applications and services. This helps enterprises to reduce application delivery cycle times and increase business agility.

SUSE CaaS Platform 2 adds powerful tools to simplify large-scale application deployment, incorporates an updated release of Kubernetes, and streamlines public cloud accessibility.

* Simplified deployment and ongoing management of large-scale applications with Helm. An open source package fully supported by SUSE, Helm is used with Kubernetes to help customers find and use popular software packaged as charts, share their own applications as Helm charts, create reproducible builds of Kubernetes applications, intelligently manage Kubernetes manifest files, and manage releases of Helm packages.

* Enhanced security, performance, extensibility and hardware support with Kubernetes v1.7 and updated SUSE MicroOS, based on the latest SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

* Streamlined accessibility on public clouds with pre-defined SUSE CaaS Platform deployment configurations, offered from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Customers can choose SUSE CaaS Platform from the service catalogue and get a running instance of the platform on public cloud infrastructure with no manual installation. It is ideal for platform evaluations and proof-of-concept implementations, ISV software certification, or full-scale deployments on public cloud.

SUSE CaaS Platform 2 is being announced today, and available from October.

Building on top of the Kubernetes service, 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.

SUSE Cloud Application platform simplifies the management of Cloud Foundry by leveraging Kubernetes to deploy and manage a containerised version of Cloud Foundry.

Importantly, the containerised implementation also consumes a fraction of the memory footprint of other Cloud Foundry distributions so it’s faster to recover and scale.

SUSE Cloud Application Platform is being previewed today, but will only launch officially in October, and ship before the end of the year.