17 April 2016

SUSE Enterprise Linux 12 and Docker Containers

Propel your enterprise to the next level of productivity and competitiveness with SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 1.

Service Pack 1 further adds to SUSE Linux Enterprise making it the most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Install and overview | The Advanced Foundation for Enterprise Computing  

Solutions based on SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 1 (SP1) feature unique Docker and hardware support along with new and updated capabilities so you can:
  • Achieve SLAs for application uptime
  • Run highly efficient data center development and operations
  • Bring innovative solutions to market faster
Docker in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server


Increase Uptime

SUSE Enterprise Linux DownTime isn’t and Option

Minimize planned and unplanned downtime and maximize service availability. Take advantage of our rugged reliability, high availability and live kernel patching to meet service-level agreements and keep your business running. Learn more about how SUSE helps you achieve 99.999% availability and move towards zero downtime.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise works perfectly on a variety of hardware platforms that can prevent hardware downtime
  • Maximize service availability with high availability clustering, geo clustering and live kernel patching
  • Minimize human mistakes with a wide range of tools and services including system rollback of SUSE Linux Enterprise service packs

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Zero Downtime


Improve Operational Efficiency

Boost your efficiency by simplifying systems management and by ensuring high levels of resource utilization.
  • Stay ahead on implementations with container technologies. Take advantage of SUSE’s enterprise ready solution of Docker. See how the ecosystem of SUSE applications creates additional value for your business, so you can just focus on building the apps.
  • Save time and resources with JeOS (Just enough Operating System), a lightweight Linux OS that needs fewer resources than the full OS but provides the same enterprise-grade performance and availability.
  • Reduce IT maintenance workload with easy-to-use management tools such as YaST/AutoYaST (single system management), Wicked (network management), and HAWK (cluster resource management).
  • Maximize your efficiency with virtualization technologies of Xen and KVM.

The Evolution of Linux Containers and Integration of Docker with SLES 12 

Accelerate Innovation

Harness the power of the newest CPUs on the market. Get fast, timely access to abundant open source and partner innovations. Reduce time to value through SUSE-certified quality and ease of integration.
  • Get the benefits of the latest open source innovation sooner by updating with modules
  • Get partner innovation quickly through SUSE SolidDriver Program
  • Reduce time to value through SUSE certifications for hardware and applications



Welcome Docker to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Lightweight virtualization is a hot topic these days. Also called “operating system-level virtualization,” it allows you to run multiple applications or systems on one host without a hypervisor. The advantages are obvious: not having a hypervisor, the layer between the host hardware and the operating system and its applications, is eliminated, allowing a much more efficient use of resources. That, in turn, reduces the virtualization overhead while still allowing for separation and isolation of multiple tasks on one host. As a result, lightweight virtualization is very appealing in environments where resource use is critical, like server hosting or outsourcing business.



One specific example of operating system-level virtualization is Linux Containers, also sometimes called “LXC” for short. We already introduced Linux Containers to SUSE customers and users in February 2012 as a part of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2. Linux Containers employ techniques like Control Groups (cgroups) to perform resource isolation to control CPU, memory, network, block I/O and namespaces to isolate the process view of the operating system, including users, processes or file systems. That provides advantages similar to those of “regular” virtualization technologies – such as KVM or Xen –, but with much smaller I/O overhead, storage savings and the ability to apply dynamic parameter changes without the need to reboot the system. The Linux Containers infrastructure is supported in SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 and will remain supported in SUSE Linux Enterprise 12.

Full system roll-back and systemd in SUSE 

Now, we are taking a next step to further enhance our virtualization strategy and introduce you to Docker. Docker is built on top of Linux Containers with the aim of providing an easy way to deploy and manage applications. It packages the application including its dependencies in a container, which then runs like  a virtual machine. Such packaging allows for application portability between various hosts, not only across one data center, but also to the cloud. And starting with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 we plan to make Docker available to our customers so they can start using it to build and run their containers. 

SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching Roadmap: Live Kernel Patching using kGraft   

This is the another step in enhancing the SUSE virtualization story, building on top of what we have already done with Linux Containers. Leveraging the SUSE ecosystem, Docker and Linux Containers are not only a great way to build, deploy and manage applications; the idea nicely plugs into tools like Open Build Service and Kiwi for easy and powerful image building or SUSE Studio, which offers a similar concept already for virtual machines. Docker easily supports rapid prototyping and a fast deployment process; thus when combined with Open Build Service, it’s a great tool for developers aiming to support various platforms with a unified tool chain. This is critical for the future because those platforms easily apply also to clouds, public, private and hybrid. Combining Linux Containers, Docker, SUSE’s development and deployment infrastructures and SUSE Cloud, our OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure offering, brings flexibility in application deployment to a completely new level.

SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Roadmap: Secure your Data and Service from Local to Geo 


Introducing Docker follows the SUSE philosophy by offering choice in the virtualization space, allowing for flexibility, performance and simplicity for Linux in data centers and the cloud.

Securing Your System Hardening and Tweaking SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12

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