Novell’s New SUSE Manager Spans SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Deployments

Novell has announced the availability of SUSE Manager, a solution for managing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux across physical, virtual and cloud environments. SUSE Manager is intended to reduce the total cost of ownership of Linux deployments, even as they become larger and more sophisticated. According to Novell, SUSE Manager also simplifies migrations from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

SUSE Manager provides automated and cost-effective software, update and asset management as well as system provisioning and monitoring capabilities. With SUSE Manager, says Novell, enterprises can reduce the operational costs of their Linux servers while improving compliance and service quality. The new solution is based on the open source project Spacewalk, version 1.2.

While there are other management products available that manage multiple operating systems, SUSE Manager is the only one that is focused on Linux and built for the Linux administrator, uses familiar Linux logic, terminology and functionality, that manages both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Doug Jarvis, product marketing manager for Enterprise Linux Servers at Novell, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

The primary goal with the product, Jarvis says, is "to ensure that our current customers and potential future customers have the comprehensive software management, provisioning and monitoring capabilities necessary to run their mission-critical environments." In addition, Jarvis notes, Novell wants to ensure "that customers who are looking to migrate from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, have the easiest path possible."

According to Novell, through integration with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Manager helps enterprise customers reduce TCO and minimize the complexity of managing Linux systems. It allows administrators to manage systems more efficiently by automating systems management and provisioning tasks, thus optimizing their Linux deployments while reducing management effort. IT teams can manage Linux deployments from a single console across multiple hardware architectures, virtual platforms and cloud environments - including IBM System z and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server-based appliances, enabling them to optimize the placement of workloads with respect to performance, availability, and cost.

The new product also helps IT professionals perform management and provisioning tasks faster and with fewer errors, reducing server downtime; and, with integrated monitoring, administrators can identify performance issues early, further reducing service disruption, the company says.

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