SUSECon 2014 Sessions

What's the main reason for you to come to SUSECon? Our technical content. Our attendees in the past have consistently rated it as excellent.

SUSECon selects a broad range of topics to open your mind and give you hands-on knowledge that you can take back to your company to improve your current IT environment or prepare for the future. There's something for everyone.

Here's a taste of the sessions you can expect to see at SUSECon this year. The full list of finalized and approved sessions will be available soon.

Session Title
Abstract Speakers Company
A Practical Deep Dive for Running High-End, Enterprise Applications on SUSE Linux This session will illustrate to the audience how high end Linux servers and the corresponding physical and virtual infrastructure must be configured to successfully run enterprise applications which perform several millions transactions per day on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

The technical part will focus on detailed configuration options to optimize the IO throughput on physical as well as on virtual servers. Memory optimization, file system options (like XFS, EXT3, EXT4 and btrfs), and network tuning will be discussed in very a detailed way, so that the attendees should be able to avoid bottlenecks in the overall architecture when planning such Linux based scenarios.

The virtualization part will dive into VMware, KVM and XEN and the practical experience we have with each solution. In addition technical differences and solution opportunities between VMware and the SUSE virtualization opportunities—KVM and XEN—will be discussed in great detail.
Holger Zecha REALTECH Consulting GmbH
Build Platform as a Service (PaaS) with SUSE Studio, WSO2 Middleware, and EC2 Raise your Cloud program up a notch by delivering Platform as a Service (PaaS) to application teams. SUSE Studio, WSO2, and EC2 helps you assemble, build, and deploy portable application services instead of platform silos.

In this session, Chris will demonstrate how you can rapidly build standardized application stack environments and offer a policy compliant Platform as a Service to your application project teams.
Chris Haddad WSO2
Cost-effective IT infrastructure for mission critical systems built around SUSE and SAP Designing and deploying cost-effective infrastructure for demanding mission critical applications represents a big challenge for most companies. Is it possible to reduce cost without sacrificing infrastructure resilience and degrading service quality? Is virtualised Linux fit for purpose to comply with highest requirements?

Bombardier has managed to redefine its SAP infrastructure by introducing a fully supported solution which takes SUSE Linux as a core component. Around it other elements such as hardware, virtualisation software, open source monitoring system were chosen with cost awareness and value in mind. This solution allowed Bombardier to enable an efficient platform that would be suitable for replacing its legacy UNIX systems.

In this session we would like to share Bombardier's key design elements and migration experiences. Focus will be set on standardization, cost-effectiveness and platform availability. We will also emphasize on a smart way to define a disaster recovery strategy and patch management.
Tomasz Koczorowski Bombardier Transportation
Deploy OpenStack: The SUSE Cloud Experience Come join in on this awesome hands on experience utilizing SUSE Cloud to deploy OpenStack. We will walk you through step by step on hardware provided in class. By the end of class you will have a fully functioning OpenStack environment that you can create tenants, launch instances, and test its highly available control plane for a zero downtime experience.

You will be able to take away material you can use to deploy OpenStack again in your own labs or anywhere else.
Alejandro Bonilla SUSE
Docker and SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Container technology has been around for quite some time, but no project has ever attracted as much attention as Docker. That's because Docker, other than making it easier to tame Linux containers, provides DevOps a workflow to manage the containers' life cycle and gives them a set of collaborative functionalities.

This seminar will illustrate Docker's principles and how it differentiates from the other Linux containers solutions. Since Docker is part of SLES 12, this session will also cover the current state and the future developments of Docker's integration with the SUSE ecosystem.
Flavio Castelli, Michal Svec SUSE
Hands-on with Heat: Service Orchestration in SUSE Cloud OpenStack Heat provides a framework for predefining a structured service, and allows you instantiate that service in an automated manner. This hands-on lab will walk the participants through the process of creating a Heat template file for a multi-tiered web application that will include multiple image templates, custom networking, and volume storage. It will also cover how to setup the template to accept parameters to allow for on-the-fly customization. Rick Ashford SUSE
Quick-and-Easy Deployment of a Ceph Storage Cluster with SLES—With a look at SUSE Studio, Manager and Build Service We will talk about the quick-and-easy deployment of a Ceph Storage Cluster by using the following technologies:
  1. dhcpd
  2. tftpd
  3. insserver (JeOS version of SLES11 SP3 + Ceph 0.8 repos)
  4. autoyast profiles
  5. bash scripts (of some sort to automate as much as possible)
with strong emphasis on AutoYaST and SLES as a boot server to deploy systems (automated installation and configuration) in advanced scenario such as Ceph Storage Cluster. In a handful of clicks, live, we will create a Ceph Storage Cluster from scratch and we will then expand it with almost zero user-interaction.

At the end we will shortly introduce all these aspects (SUSE Studio, Gallery, Build Service) and will point the audience to SUSE Gallery as a starting point to reproduce what showed with the demo.

To finish, we will talk about (and possibly show) the possibility to simplify all the software stack above by using SUSE Manager and Cobbler.
Jan Kalcic SUSE
Securing Your System: Hardening and Tweaking for Your SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Installation It is the obligation of a responsible system administrator to secure a system before its deployment. This session discusses the options for configuration changes (hardening) to achieve this goal, and adds structure and method to the approach. This sessions keenly addresses the question, "What's new in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12?" Craig Gardner SUSE
SUSE Cloud Roadmap: Becoming the Inside Cloud Service Provider The emergence of public clouds has changed the way organizations consume IT resources. The value of cloud to the end user is the ability to quickly access the services they need, pay for what they use and minimize total costs. Technologies such as OpenStack and Ceph can provide IT organizations with tools to deliver public cloud like agility and cost to their users.

In this session we will provide an update on the latest capabilities of SUSE Cloud and the expected enhancements for the next year.
Pete Chadwick, Doug Jarvis SUSE
SUSE High Performance Computing Roadmap: HPC with SUSE Linux Enterprise HPC systems based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server connect the flexibility of Linux with the enterprise capabilities and support that only SUSE can deliver, to build not just the biggest HPC systems but ensure that the system is reliant and available when the business needs it.

Join this session to learn about SUSE in the HPC area, the HPC stack and how to address future challenges in the HPC area.
Kai Dupke, Meike Chabowski SUSE
SUSE Linux Enterprise 12: What's New? At SUSECon this year, SUSE is launching its new Flagship product family: SUSE Linux Enterprise 12. We will discuss this product family in six aspects:
  1. Towards zero downtime—This is the heart of mission critical computing
  2. Best managed Linux operating system
  3. Made for cloud—and beyond
  4. Most interoperable operating system
  5. Overview of new technology—more detail will also be presented in a separate session. Have a look!
  6. The living OS—new services and options around SUSE Linux Enterprise
Matthias Eckermann, George Shi SUSE
SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Roadmap: Secure your Data and Service from Local to Geo Do you want to lose business because your services are not available? SUSE Linux High Availability helps to ensure your Data and Services are available 24 hours a day. SUSE breaks through former limitations by offering not only data and service protection for local and metropolitan systems, but also for those running geographically-distributed data centers.

Join this session to learn about the capabilities of the SUSE High Availability Stack, typical use cases and what's new with SUSE Linux Enterprise 12.
Kai Dupke, Lars Marowski-Bree SUSE
SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching Roadmap: Live Kernel Patching using kGraft The first months of 2014 have shown significant activities in the area of Live Kernel Patching, and there is hope that at least major parts of recent proposals might be accepted by the upstream Linux Kernel community. kGraft doesn't require the kernel to be stopped to perform the change—this is the primary differentiator of kGraft compared to other implementations. Technology wise, it is using existing kernel infrastructure for most its work.

In this session, discuss typical use cases of Kernel Live Patching, and how it can be integrated into system maintenance processes, and we will introduce the SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching service offering.
Matthias Eckermann, Jan Weber SUSE
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z Roadmap: Building enterprise IT with SUSE Linux on IBM Mainframes The mainframe—a datacenter in a box. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z is a well established resident on these systems used worldwide, and driving more than 30% of the workloads delivered by these systems. While SLES 11 is to be there for more years to come, with SLES 12, new features and functions will be available to benefit daily operation and exploit typical System z unique features.

Join us for this session to learn about what is new, what customers are using today and where they are heading to, and how to leverage the strength of System z hardware and SUSE software technologies to build a rock solid infrastructure, yet cost effective enterprise IT infrastructure.
Marcus Kraft, Meike Chabowski SUSE
SUSE Manager Roadmap: OS Lifecycle Management from the Datacenter to the Cloud SUSE Manager 2.1, released earlier this year, helps customers to massively reduce operations costs by automating OS provisioning and software/patch management. At the same time it helps to enforce compliance.

In this session Product Management will both explain the new features in SUSE Manager 2.1 and give a sneak preview into what SUSE is planning for the future.

This is also the right session to be in if you want to ask questions about where this SUSE systems management workhorse is heading or provide hands-on feedback to Product Management.
Joachim Werner, Jeff Lindholm SUSE
SUSE Storage—Software Defined Storage Introduction and Roadmap: Getting your tentacles around data growth Open source technologies have revolutionized many areas of the modern data center—storage is next. By separating storage software from storage hardware, organizations can better optimize the solution for their specific use cases.

The Ceph project provides an open, massively scalable platform for object and block storage that will help enterprises control the exponential data growth they are experiencing.

Ceph is evolving rapidly, and this session will provide the attendee with an overview of where the Ceph project is today, where it is headed and details on the plans for Ceph based products from SUSE.
Pete Chadwick, Lars Marowski-Bree SUSE
YaST and AutoYaST Make the Difference In this session we'll talk about powerful systems management tools for your SUSE Linux system.

The first part is about YaST. We'll show you mostly unknown features like hotkeys and keyboard shortcuts, tweaking look and feel, replace driver packages for the installation procedure, remote installations, and more.

The second part covers AutoYaST. This technical tutorial explains how to setup an AutoYaST environment that allows diskless installation of your machines without any user interaction.
Thomas Goettlicher, Cameron Seader SUSE

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