Microsoft and Suse are collaborating to bring two pieces of a puzzle together: Microsoft Azure and Suse Linux Enterprise Server. [shutterstock: 265384880, Rawpixel.com]
Suse announced the availability of the first enterprise Linux kernel tailored for Microsoft Azure.
Suse Linux Enterprise Server 15 on-demand instances now run on a custom-tuned kernel for workloads on Microsoft Azure. It provides enhanced performance and faster boot speeds along with a decreased memory footprint.
Furthermore, the Azure-tuned kernel enables faster access to new and upcoming Azure features, helping customers to be more agile.
Suse is working with Microsoft and other partners to adapt and secure open source solutions. These allow customers to manage complexity, reduce cost and deliver business-critical services. Consequently, they help power digital transformation.
“Suse’s collaboration with Microsoft is based on meeting customers’ evolving needs, enabling innovation and minimizing disruption to their business,” said Gerald Pfeifer, vice president of Products and Technology Programs at Suse.
Additionally, Pfeifer commented, “Optimized Suse Linux Enterprise Server for Azure public cloud users is a direct result of Suse’s open source approach, which is aiming to solve real-world customer challenges.”
KY Srinivasan, general manager of Enterprise Open Source Group at Microsoft, said, “We’ve worked closely with Suse to ensure customers using Suse Linux Enterprise Server have a good experience with Microsoft Azure. The new Azure-tuned kernel allows those customers to take advantage of new Azure services.”
Customers can expect Suse Linux Enterprise Server 15 to have measurable performance benefits. Those include a potentially 25 percent faster network throughput and a 23 percent reduction in average latency.
By default, Suse Linux Enterprise Server 15 instances on Azure will run on this custom-tuned kernel. However, customers have the flexibility to easily switch back to the standard kernel using the package manager, Zypper.
In addition to the Azure-tuned kernel, customers using Suse Linux Enterprise Server on Azure can benefit from a number of tools and resources for cloud-native deployments that are part of the Suse Public Cloud Module, such as the ability to manage Azure resources through a Linux command prompt.