22 October 2012

SUSE Linux "We Adapt, You Succeed"


SUSE Linux SUSECON 2012:


SUSECon 2012 Intro video:




SUSE is ater a take over by Novell and a partnership with Microsoft en after
that last year a takeover by Attachemate now just finished with is last SUSECon
2012.They have a lot of improvements to show since they are way ahead with their
positive profit margins and have more revenue then expected and have a new
slogan: "We Adapt, You succeed". As told in earlier posts in this blog they are
responsible for 70% of all SAP installs on Linux and even 80% of all mainframes
are running SUSE Linux. If you did have money to visit the event, unlike me,
then you were lucky enough to see some of these keynotes.


Here is the keynote from Nils Braukman the President and General Manager of SUSE:






By the way they are now 20 years in business:

SUSE today announced its plans to celebrate the company's 20th anniversary with
a year-long campaign highlighting the company's history and future. The
long-time provider of enterprise Linux solutions will showcase major historical
milestones and discuss plans for the future through a series of worldwide events
that will include SUSECon 2012, the premier event for SUSE customers, partners
and enthusiasts.
"We have a lot to celebrate in 2012," said Nils Brauckmann, president and
general manager, SUSE. "SUSE today is the recognized market leader in several
important segments, and is well positioned to take advantage of an ever
expanding market for commercial Linux and open source technologies. We plan to
recognize the people, the events and the technological developments that have
helped bring us to where we are today."
SUSE plans to roll out information and activities highlighting how the company
has evolved from its early beginnings in the open source industry, to forging
partnerships with the world's leading technology vendors in order to deliver
innovation, investment protection and affordable enterprise-quality software
infrastructure to a generation of customers.
SUSE's roots date back to September 1992, when three German university math
students and a recently graduated software engineer formed a company to develop
software and function as an advisory UNIX group. Seeing the potential of Linux,
the team decided to distribute Linux operating systems and offer support
services. It chose the name "S.u.S.E," using an acronym for a German term that
meant software and systems development. The name was eventually shortened to
"SUSE."

Corporate Milestones
In its 20-year history, SUSE has undergone two notable ownership changes. SuSE
Linux AG was acquired by Novell Inc. in early 2004. Seven years later, Novell
was acquired by The Attachmate Group, which reestablished SUSE as an autonomous
business unit focused on engineering excellence, smart innovation, and enduring
customer and partner relationships.
For two decades, SUSE has brought the power of Linux to a wide variety of
customers, including the London Stock Exchange, BMW, Walgreen's, SONY, Sesame
Workshop, and Office Depot. Many customers trust SUSE Linux Enterprise to
deliver a diverse range of core, mission-critical IT services, from high volume
market data and trading, to manufacturing and production, to e-commerce and air
traffic control, just to name a few.
"We have a rich history as a Linux pioneer. We're proud to be part of the open
source community and long-serving contributors to Linux," said Hubert Mantel, an
original founder of SUSE. "Celebrating our 20th anniversary provides an
opportunity to reflect upon our history and share our visions for the future.
The possibilities for SUSE today are more exciting than ever. Perhaps even more
exciting than when we started 20 years ago.




Thy are also very strong in BI in general, Netazza and TerraData are strong BI
solutions and SAP. Here is a small TerraData video from SUSECon 2012.

TerraData and SUSE Linux:

SUSE® and Teradata, the leading analytic data solutions company, today
reaffirmed their partnership at SUSECon, SUSE's first annual user conference.
Teradata relies on SUSE Linux Enterprise to help its customers flexibly and
securely run their data warehousing and business analytics workloads off a
mature and scalable operating system. Over a million users access a Teradata
data warehouse daily for precise and reliable intelligence to support business
decisions.

In 2005, Teradata selected SUSE Linux Enterprise as its exclusive open source
operating system for its enterprise-class data warehouse offerings. Teradata
deliver its entire portfolio of solutions exclusively on SUSE Linux Enterprise,
demonstrating both the success of the partnership and proof that Linux is the
operating system of choice for big data.

"We needed an open source partner that could work closely with us to deliver
value to our customers. Our tight engineering relationship with SUSE enables us
to develop unique extensions or make modifications that drive performance and
deliver value to our customers," said Scott Gnau, president of Teradata Labs.
"Not only do we deliver SUSE Linux Enterprise across our entire platform family,
we use SUSE Linux inside of Teradata to run our business. We're excited to
continue to deliver best-in-class performance and value to our customers through
our partnership."


"Today at SUSECon we demonstrated to attendees how Teradata running SUSE Linux
Enterprise can deliver the most robust, reliable and well-supported enterprise
data warehousing and business analytics solutions available today," said Michael
Miller, vice president of Global Alliances and Marketing, SUSE. "Our partnership
with Teradata is an example of SUSE's ability to adapt to our partners needs in
order to help them succeed, which we will continue to do as Teradata continues
deliver data integration and business insight that helps customers make the best
decisions possible for competitive advantage."


Teradata is the world's leading analytic data solutions company focused on
integrated data warehousing, big data analytics, and business applications that
provide actionable business intelligence. It's our passion and it's all we do.
We deliver award-winning, integrated, purpose built platforms based on the most
powerful, scalable, and reliable technology platform in the industry. Our assets
include:

Over 9,000 associates in 42 countries
Strong diversified client base of over 1,200 customers worldwide and companies
of all sizes
2,600+ implementations worldwide
Every day we push analytical intelligence deeper into operational execution,
enhancing efficiency and transforming corporate culture.
Teradata...Smarter.Faster.Wins.™





And to continue with BI and Datawarehousing, here is a video from SUSECon 2012
from IBM General Manager, IBM System z, Douglas Balog:






SUSE Manager demo at SUSECon 2012 in Orlando:


With SUSE Manager 1.7, you get the most efficient solution for managing a Linux
environment with improvements for patch and update management, compliance and
provisioning with support for PostgreSQL database.

SUSE Manager 1.7 provides improvements for:
•Patch and update management
•Compliance
•Flexible deployment options
•Additional provisioning features

The enhancements are supported through the following new technical features:
•PostgreSQL as a supported database option
•Provisioning of SUSE Studio™ images directly from SUSE Manager
•Migrating systems to new Service Packs from the SUSE Manager user interface
•Basic support for OpenSCAP compliance checking
•IPv6 support for management and provisioning


Patch and update management enhancements

SUSE Manager provides the option of updating an existing system to new Service
Packs without completely reinstalling it. No manual installation is needed.
Through the SUSE Manager interface, you get information about the current
version of the existing systems. Afterwards, SUSE Manager offers you the various
service pack migration options. As soon as you have chosen an option, SUSE
Manager automatically migrates to the Service Pack. As part of the migration,
additional extensions like SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension can
be added.

Compliance improvements

IT compliance addresses how well the organization conforms with external
regulations, industry standards, and internal policies. Failure to meet IT
compliance requirements can be a costly mistake. SUSE Manager makes it easier
and faster for IT organizations to align with various compliance initiatives.

SUSE Manager 1.7 offers a standard approach (OpenSCAP) to maintaining the
security of enterprise systems. This includes the ability to audit software
patch status, automatically confirm that servers have the latest security
updates, check system security configuration settings, and examine systems for
signs of compromise.

SUSE Manager 1.7 also offers improved search and reporting capabilities which
allow you to easily find and capture valuable information about the Red Hat and
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server systems that are being managed by SUSE Manager.
These reports can be important for audits and compliance-related activities,
providing detailed lists containing:
•System Inventory — All systems registered to SUSE Manager, including hardware
and software information
•Entitlements — All organizations registered to SUSE Manager, sorted by system
and channel entitlements and usage
•Errata — All errata relevant to the registered systems including full list of
errata and affected systems
•Users — All users registered with SUSE Manager and systems the user can
administer
•Channel — All packages within a channel including packages in each channel
•History — History of events





SUSE Studio demo at SUSECon 2012 in Orlando:

SUSE Studio lets you rapidly scale up or down as needed. Assemble, build and
maintain complete portable application stacks in minutes and deploy wherever you
want.

Driven by the need to demonstrate value to the business, IT organizations like
yours are coming under increasing pressure to reduce infrastructure costs,
manage capital expenditures, and consolidate operations. At the same time you
need to provide more sophisticated support to the business. As result, leading
IT organizations increasingly look at areas like standardization, virtualization
and cloud computing for the benefits they can offer.

SUSE Studio is designed to help you build, configure and maintain portable and
cloud-enabled application images or appliances, to reduce the complexity,
maintenance and support costs of software deployments. Within a couple of
clicks, you decide if you would like to deploy a new or existing application to
a physical, virtual and/or cloud environment. SUSE Studio even lets you choose
if you want to deploy your application within an x86 or mainframe environment.
The ability to leverage one new or existing application for various environments
dramatically improves the efficiency of deploying and maintaining applications.


SUSE Studio is a tremendous aid when it comes to reducing complexity. SUSE
Studio leverages the appliance form-factor and allows you to effectively
decouple the software installation from the underlying layer. This eliminates
many of the versioning and patch management issues that you have to deal with
normally. This can also help you standardize your applications to further reduce
time, costs and maintenance for software applications deployed into your
environment.





SUSE Snapper demo at SUSECon 2012 in Orlando:

For years we had the request to provide rollbacks for YaST and zypper but things
never got far due to various technical problems. With the rise of btrfs
snapshots we finally saw the possibility for a usable solution. The basic idea
is to create a snapshot before and after running YaST or zypper, compare the two
snapshots and finally provide a tool to revert the differences between the two
snapshots. That was the birth of snapper. Soon the idea was extended to create
hourly snapshots as a backup system against general user mistakes.




SuperMUC Supercomputer Runs SUSE Linux Enterprise Server:





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Drs. Albert Spijkers
DBA Consulting
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