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.”
Android Go puts reliable smartphones in budget pockets
Nokia, Vodacom and Huawei have all launched entry-level smartphones running the Android Go edition, and all deliver a smooth experience, writes BRYAN TURNER.
Three new and notable Android Go smartphones have recently hit the market, namely the Nokia 1, the Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 and the Huawei Y3 (2018). These phones run one of the most basic versions of Android while still delivering a fairly smooth user experience.
Historically, consumers purchasing smartphones in the budget bracket would have a hit-and-miss experience with processing speed, smoothness of user interface, and app stability. The Google-supported Android Go edition operating system optimises the user experience by stripping out non-important visual effects to speed up the phone. Thish allows for more memory to be used by apps.
Google also ensures that all smartphones running Android Go will receive feature and security updates as they are released by Google. This is a major selling point for these smartphones, as users of this smartphone will always be running the latest software, with virtually no manufacturer bloatware.
Vodafone Smart Kicka 4
At the lowest entry-level, the Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 performs well as a communicator for emails and WhatsApp messages. The 4” screen represents a step up for entry-level Android phones, which were previously standardised at 3.5”.
The display is bright and very responsive, while the limited screen real estate leaves the navigation keys off the screen as touch buttons. It uses 3G connectivity, which might seem like an outdated technology, but is good enough to stream SD videos and music. Vodacom has also thrown in some data gifts if the smartphone is activated before the end of September 2018.
Its camera functionalities might be a slight let down for the aspirant Instagrammer, with a 2MP rear flash camera and a 0.3MP selfie snapper. Speed wise, the keyboard pops up quickly, which is a huge improvement from the Smart Kicka 3. However, this phone will not play well with graphics-intensive games.
Next up is the Nokia 1, which adds a much better 5MP camera, improved battery life and a bigger 4.5” screen. It supports LTE, which allows this smartphone to download and upload at the speed of flagships. It also sports the Nokia brand name, which many consumers trust.
Although the front camera is 2MP, the quality is extremely grainy, even with good lighting. This disqualifies this smartphone for the social media selfie snapper, but the 5MP rear camera will work for the landscape and portrait photographer.
The screen also redeems this smartphone, providing a display which represents colours truly and has great viewing angles. Xpress-on back covers allows the use of interchangeable, multi-coloured back covers, which has proven to be a successful sales point for mid-range smartphones in the past.
Huawei Y3 (2018)
The most capable of the Android Go edition competitors, the Huawei Y3 (2018) packs an even bigger screen at 5”, as well as an improved 8MP rear camera and HD video recording. The screen is the brightest and most vibrant of the three smartphones, but seems to be calibrated to show colours a little more saturated than they actually are.
Nevertheless, the camera outperforms the other smartphones with good colour replication and great selfie capabilities via the 2MP front camera – far superior to the Nokia 1 despite the same spec. LTE also comes standard with this smartphone and Vodacom throws in 4G/LTE data goodies until the end of September 2018. The battery, however, is not removable and may only be replaced by a warranty technician.
Comparing the 3
All three smartphones have removable back covers, which provide access to the battery, SIM card and SD card slots. The smartphones have Micro USB ports on the bottom with headphone jacks on the top. The built-in speakers all performed well, with the Y3 (2018) housing an exceptionally loud built-in speaker.
Although all at different price points, all three phones remain similar in performance and speed. The differentiators are apparent in the components, like camera quality and screen quality. It would be fair to rank the quality of the camera and battery life by respective market prices. The Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 performed well, for its R399 retail price. The Nokia 1, on the other hand, lags quite a bit in features when compared to the Huawei Y3 (2018), bwith oth retailing at R999.
SA gets digital archive
As the world entered the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth on Mandela Day, 18 July 2018, South Africa celebrated the launch of a digital living archive.
The southafrica.co.za site carries content about the country’s collective heritage in South Africa’s eleven official languages.
Designed as a nation building, educational and brand promotion web based tool, the free-to-view platform features award-winning photographic and written content by leading South African photographers, authors, academics and photojournalists.
The emphasis is on quality, credible, factual content that celebrates a collective heritage in terms of the following: Cultural Heritage; Natural Heritage; Education; History; Agriculture; Industry; Mining; and Travel.
At the same time as reflecting on the nation’s history, southafrica.co.za celebrates South Africa’s natural, cultural and economic assets so that the youth can learn about their nation in their home language.
Southafrica.co.za Founder and CEO Hans Gerrizen conceptualised southafrica.co.za as a means for youth and communities from outlying areas to benefit from the digital age in terms of the web tool’s empowering educational component.
“We can only stand to deepen our collective experience of democracy and become a more forward planning nation if we know facts about our nation’s past and present in everyone’s home language,” he says.
Southafrica.co.za, with sister company Siyabona Africa, is the organiser and sponsor of the Mandela: 100 Moments photographic exhibition that runs until 30 September at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront-based Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. The 3-month exhibition, which runs daily from 08h00 until 15h00, is showcasing one hundred iconic Nelson Mandela images taken by veteran South African photojournalist and self-taught lensman Peter Magubane.