SUSE has introduced SUSE CaaS (Container as a Service) Platform, a platform for development and hosting for container-based applications and services. The solution is a new component of the growing portfolio of SUSE software-defined infrastructures that integrates open source technology to promote the next-generation innovations that customers need. SUSE CaaS Platform enables IT developers and technicians to provision, manage, and scale container-based applications and services to reach business goals more quickly.
Companies wishing to improve their business agility are adopting an approach that goes in the direction of software-defined infrastructures to support “containerization” of applications. Most companies are containerizing existing applications directly or using a modern approach based on microsite architectures. SUSE CaaS Platform supports both these routes helping customers become more agile and lower operating costs.
“Container innovation is improving the way to develop and run applications, but companies do not want to implement and maintain in-house complex container-safe infrastructures,” said Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE’s CTO. “What they want is to focus on creating apps that value their business. For this reason, SUSE provides an intuitive solution with a container infrastructure that helps companies implement newer, container-based and cloud-based applications to progressively migrate traditional and existing apps. ”
The SUSE CaaS Platform consists of three key components – Kubernetes orchestration, custom-built operating system (SUSE MicroOS) for microservices and containers, and configuration features – to provide customers and partners with the following benefits:
Reduced Time-to-Market thanks to the platform’s immediate use capabilities that enable customers to implement orchestration using a Kubernetes production system at the production level, deploying resilient container services, maximizing portability and completing development at ‘ Inside a secure environment.
Superior operational efficiency through the automation of deployment management and container lifecycle support across container containers through the integrated container toolset. This toolkit provides you with the features you need to manage on-premise registry, create container images, apply patches safely, collaborate securely and use the verified images on your SUSE Registry.
DevOps capabilities for better application lifecycle management. DevOps unifies development and operations through a single container platform that helps save time in both disciplines. It also simplifies the deployment of micro services and allows coexistence of configurations and code.
“SUSE imagines several uses for its CaaS platform, such as adopting DevOps or deploying micro-services for faster and more automated release of applications across different infrastructures,” commented Jay Lyman, principal analyst, Cloud Management and Containers, of 451 Research. “Companies interested in enterprise security, reliability and container scalability levels are the ones most likely to be interested in SUSE CaaS Platform.”
What the partners say about SUSE CaaS Platform
Craig Parker, head of Integrated Business Systems at Fujitsu EMEIA, said: “We are working to provide our customers with the latest innovations in the container area, and SUSE’s Container as a Service Platform offers us a strategic choice to adopt a ‘Modern container infrastructure, saving us on the cost of building and maintaining container owners’ proprietary sets. Additionally, the integrated presence of SUSE MicroOS and Kubernetes is a great option for running container-based applications on Fujitsu hardware and keeping them up to date with minimal manual intervention. ”
Will Ochandarena, senior director of Product Management at MapR Technologies, added: “Stateful state container applications are critical to the new generation of smart applications. The end-to-end container management made available by SUSE CaaS Platform ideally blends the persistent data services provided by the MapR-XD Cloud-Scale Data Store to enable applications to make data-driven insight real-time. ”
Tim McIntire, co-founder of StackIQ, concluded: “In addition to the support we provide to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, we are happy to collaborate with SUSE to support its Container as a Service Platform. Our mutual customers will benefit from the ability to deploy container farms on bare metal systems with Open Source Stacki at the speed of light and to gain performance by spinning containers directly on bare metal. “