SUSE Manager 3 Released to Boost Efficiency and Cut Complexity in Managing IT Infrastructures

SUSE, a provider of interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions, has announced the release of SUSE Manager 3. The new release would help customers reduce the complexities of managing their IT infrastructures, especially when adopting DevOps and hybrid cloud solutions.

With a significant percentage of enterprises adopting private clouds to increase agility and innovation, the corresponding rise in IT complexity would require enhanced management, automation and monitoring such as with SUSE Manager.

SUSE Manager 3 is the latest Linux server management solution that provides comprehensive lifecycle management and monitoring for Linux servers across distributions, hardware architectures, virtual platforms and cloud environments. SUSE Manager 3 includes Salt automation software and features improved configuration management, easier subscription management and enhanced monitoring capabilities.

suse storage“SUSE Manager is built to improve IT responsiveness to changing business demands, enhancing configuration automation with the integration of Salt,” said Michael Miller, president of strategy, alliances and marketing for SUSE. “SUSE Manager 3 is even more valuable to large and very complex data center environments where ease of management, scalability, performance and high availability are extremely important. Customers know manually updating, patching and configuring servers can be difficult and time consuming, but SUSE Manager solves that problem while reducing costs with automated, centralized management of their Linux systems.”

With the SUSE Manager 3 open source IT management solution customers are able to manage multiple Linux distributions, hardware platforms including x86, IBM Power Systems and z Systems, as well as physical, virtual and cloud environments – all from a centralized console. Key new benefits would include:

  • Increased IT efficiency with improved configuration management via Salt – Using Salt-based configuration management, customers can deploy tens of thousands of systems without compromising speed or security. With real-time configuration and monitoring, the time to patch hundreds or even thousands of servers in large environments is significantly reduced.
  • Optimized use and management of SUSE subscriptions – The new subscription management tool in SUSE Manager provides detailed insights into usage of SUSE products, identifying the over or under utilization of subscriptions. This helps ensure customers pay only for subscriptions they need, when they need them.
  • Reduced IT complexity with enhanced monitoring capabilities using the Nagios-compatible Icinga monitoring server – Monitoring integration with Icinga enables additional reporting capabilities and would provide easy-to-use monitoring solutions and flexibility to add-on management functions. Customers also have the flexibility to use existing in-house monitoring solutions with SUSE Manager, improving control and management of IT assets.

“SUSE Manager 3 represents an important extension of functionality that directly addresses the needs of today’s DevOps and hybrid cloud management teams,” said Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president for enterprise system management software at IDC. “SUSE Manager‘s new integration with Salt delivers customers a single integrated tool that moves beyond traditional Linux server provisioning and power management to enable much more automated and scalable configuration, provisioning, patch management, monitoring and reporting for mixed Linux platforms deployed in physical, virtual or cloud infrastructures.”

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