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SUSE manager boosts efficiency

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SUSE Manager 3 is now available to help customers reduce the complexities of managing their IT infrastructures, a key advantage as they look to cut costs and increase the responsiveness required to adopt DevOps and hybrid cloud solutions.

With 77 percent of enterprises adopting private clouds to increase agility and innovation, the corresponding rise in IT complexity requires the enhanced management, automation and monitoring of 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 Manager is built to improve IT responsiveness to changing business demands, enhancing configuration automation with the integration of Salt,” said Ralf Flaxa, president of engineering 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, centralised management of their Linux systems.”

Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president for enterprise system management software at IDC, said, “SUSE Manager 3 represents an important extension of functionality that directly addresses the needs of today’s DevOps and hybrid cloud management teams. 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.”

SUSE Manager 3 is the best open source IT management solution 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 centralised console. Key new benefits 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.

·         Optimised 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 utilisation 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 provides 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’s use of Salt in SUSE Manager 3 enhances not only configuration management but also predictive orchestration needed for modern enterprise Linux environments,” said Mark Chenn, CEO of SaltStack. “With the highly scalable, flexible and real-time attributes of Salt automation software, SUSE customers will be able to more efficiently manage cloud, virtual and bare metal Linux infrastructure and application environments, resulting in reduced administrative effort, increased IT productivity and improved security and reliability.”

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CES: And thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for making and enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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