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November 9, 2016

SUSE, Microsoft, Linux and containers: open source continues its enterprise march

As open source becomes more relevant to enterprises more companies have aligned closely to it.

By James Nunns

Open source has risen to become a truly viable option for enterprises due to the cost savings that can be achieved, the often faster production cycles, and the ability to tap into a growing community of highly skilled workers.

While open source adoption may still face its challenges, it has seen a growing number of companies move to embrace it, such as Microsoft.

Given the growing importance of open source to enterprises, CBR looks at the latest releases from some of the major open source players.



Currently holding its SUSECON event in Washington DC, SUSE revealed its latest version of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system.

Version 12, Service Pack 2, is designed to help customers to innovate more quickly, improve system reliability, and to adapt to new technologies.

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networking, and there is more support for SAP applications to ease migration to S/4 HANA and to speed up the deployment of SAP applications.

In addition to the product updates the company has also expanded its alliance with Fujitsu in order to develop open source solutions.

The initial aim is to bring to market hybrid cloud, next-generation cloud infrastructure and mission-critical solutions.

Find out how open source is changing the face of healthcare. 


Microsoft has recently made significant moves to embrace the open source community

Microsoft recently revealed Project Olympus.

Microsoft recently revealed Project Olympus.

with Linux and it has now also become the first public cloud, with Azure, to support all the mainstream container orchestration engines with the addition of Kubernetes.

The company revealed its plans to add Kubernetes just before KubeCon, the annual user conference of Kubernetes hosted by the Linux Foundation.

In addition to its support for Kubernetes, the company also decided to open source the core engine behind its Azure Container Service.

The idea is to enable developers to understand the architecture that lets Azure run multiple orchestration engines.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Created as a vendor-neutral group that is home for the Kubernetes container orchestration platform, the CNCF announced new members, certification, training, and a new project at the Cloud Native Con, which is being held at the same time as KubeCon.

The project is the open source Fluentd data collector. This is designed to allow for

Fluentd collects events from various data sources and writes them to files.

Fluentd collects events from various data sources and writes them to files.

implementing a unified logging layer and it will be able to connect to numerous data sources and outputs thanks to its 600+ plug-ins.

The project becomes the fourth from the foundation after Kubernetes, Prometheus and OpenTracing.

Fluentd basically allows users to unify data collection and consumption in order to better use and understand data.

Linux Foundation

The non-profit organisation that aims to advance open source management for mass collaboration revealed that it will be hosting OpenSDS.

OpenSDS is an open source project that is designed to address software-defined storage integration challenges.

The project is made up of storage users and vendors such as Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei, Vodafone, Western Digital and it is hoped that it will also bring together communities such as CNCF, Docker, OpenStack, and the Open Container Initiative.

The Linux Foundation was created in 2000.

The Linux Foundation was created in 2000.

The aim is to simplify the state of storage by creating a common, open controller solution across cloud, containerised, virtualised and other environments.

Yoshiya Eto, VP of Linux Development Div., Fujitsu, said: “The OpenSDS Project will be a driving force for a revolution of software-defined storage and its enterprise adoption. Fujitsu is looking forward to industry-wide collaboration in OpenSDS.” is a website that’s been launched by the US government with the aim of preventing the replication of code across government agencies.

The hope is that will help to reduce the amount of time spent writing code and help to conserve resources.

The site was launched with 50 open source projects that have been created by over 10 government agencies. came about as part of a policy created by the Federal Source Code and it aims to provide new custom source code that can be used across government agencies. is designed to help reduce time spent writing open source code. is designed to help reduce time spent writing open source code.

In addition to being a benefit to government agencies, which will be able to cut down on the amount of time and money spent on replicating code, it will also be a benefit to the public because government agencies in the US are required to make some of the software created available under an open source licence.

Some of the agencies that have already listed projects on the site includes; NASA, the office of the President, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.



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