The company announced version 2 of SUSE CaaS Platform and a preview of Cloud Foundry based, SUSE Cloud Application Platform.

Core OS has Container Linux, Red Hat has RHEL Atomic Host and SUSE strengthened its position in the container as a service platform with the release of SUSE CaaS Platform, which was released last year.

SUSE CaaS (Container as a Service) Platform is an enterprise-class container management solution that enables IT and DevOps professionals to more easily deploy, manage, and scale container-based applications and services.

Earlier this year, SUSE also announced Kubic, an open source project that can be seen as a fully community driven CaaS platform for the community. It will also serve as a place for SUSE to see what kind of features of functionalities that the community wants in SUSE CaaS Platform.

At SUSECON 17, SUSE announced the first major update to its CaaS Platform with the release of version 2. The company also released a preview of SUSE Cloud Application Platform, which is based on Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes technologies.

“Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry have emerged as leading technologies around which enterprises are building strategic application delivery transformation initiatives,” said Nils Brauckmann, CEO of SUSE. “And with SUSE CaaS Platform and SUSE Cloud Application Platform, we are delivering these technologies to our customers in a very consumable way. It’s an example of understanding the market need and trajectory, then identifying and bringing the right technology to the enterprise.”

SUSE CaaS Platform 2 adds powerful tools to simplify large-scale application deployment, incorporates an updated release of Kubernetes, and streamlines public cloud accessibility.

Some of the major highlights of SUSE CaaS Platform 2 include:

  • Simplified deployment and ongoing management of large-scale applications with Helm. An open source package fully supported by SUSE, Helm is used with Kubernetes to help customers find and use popular software packaged as charts, share their own applications as Helm charts, create reproducible builds of Kubernetes applications, intelligently manage Kubernetes manifest files, and manage releases of Helm packages.
  • Enhanced security, performance, extensibility and hardware support with Kubernetes v1.7 and updated SUSE MicroOS, based on the latest SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
  • Streamlined accessibility on public clouds with pre-defined SUSE CaaS Platform deployment configurations, offered from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Customers can choose SUSE CaaS Platform from the service catalog and get a running instance of the platform on public cloud infrastructure with no manual installation. It is ideal for platform evaluations and proof-of-concept implementations, ISV software certification, or full-scale deployments on public cloud.

SUSE is known for being a company that prides itself for working with partners. The company is bringing Cloud Foundry based SUSE Cloud Application Platform to its customers. SCAP is a modern application delivery platform used by software development and operations teams to streamline lifecycle management of traditional and new cloud native applications.

SCAP simplifies management of Cloud Foundry with a unique approach, leveraging Kubernetes to deploy and manage a containerized version of Cloud Foundry. The containerized implementation also consumes a fraction of the memory footprint of other Cloud Foundry distributions and is faster to recover and scale. SUSE Cloud Application Platform will be available in the fourth quarter.

Abby Kearns, Executive Director of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, said, “Cloud Foundry Elastic Runtime already serves as the industry standard cloud application platform, making enterprise developers’ lives easier and more efficient in more than half of the Fortune 500. As demand continues to grow, so does the need for more Cloud Foundry software distributions from a provider who can address the different business models and IT strategies for enterprise customers. We are delighted to see the new Cloud Foundry distribution from SUSE, and fully support SUSE as they serve enterprises with the very best technology for modern application delivery.”

Commenting on the announcement, Al Gillen, IDC group Vice President, Software Development and Open Source, said, “Streamlining the deployment of application content packaged in containers has become a key focal point for the industry. Given its historical strength with infrastructure software, SUSE is well positioned to deliver consumable solutions for deploying and operating applications using containers in an agile environment. The combination of Kubernetes orchestration and Cloud Foundry PaaS-enabling software solves a key deployment challenge for customers using two popular solutions – made better with SUSE’s commercial support behind the technology.”