SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Platform Goes Virtual

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-03-20 Print this article Print

Novell rolls out "the platform for the open enterprise" at its BrainShare conference, touting its integrated Xen virtualization environment.

SALT LAKE CITY—Novell CEO Jack Messman rolled out the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform at the companys annual BrainShare conference here on March 20, describing this as the platform for the open enterprise that leverages the assets of Linux, open source and Novells engineering efforts. "This platform supports all of Novells products and is a complete package, offering the platform, products and services above that, as well as our partner and support networks," Messman said. The platform will leverage open standards across IT to drive business innovation, protect against security threats anywhere and lower operating costs. Two products were built on the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform, the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 product and the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, he said.
The SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform, and the server product built on it, will deliver a completely integrated and supported virtualization environment, Messman said.
"We are first with this, and virtualization is completely integrated into YAST [Yet Another Setup Tool]," said Eric Anderson, the vice president of SUSE Linux engineering. SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, which is being beta tested, will include a fully integrated and supported version of Xen 3.0, the emerging open-source standard for virtualization services, he said. Ziff Davis Media eSeminars invite: On March 30 at 4 p.m. ET join AMD and Red Hat as they introduce an alternative to Unix systems—open-source technology with 64-bit and multicore processors. Xen 3.0 lets organizations consolidate multiple workloads on a single server. "With Xen 3.0, customers can configure applications and systems for maximum efficiency," Anderson said, adding that SUSE has also had more code submissions accepted into Xen than any other vendor, which underscores its leading position on this front. Simon Crosby, the chief technical officer for XenSource, said SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 was the first enterprise Linux distribution to offer full commercial support for the open-source Xen 3.0 hypervisor. "With Xen 3.0, SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 can take full advantage of Intel and AMD hardware support for virtualization, delivering bare-metal virtualization performance to enterprise customers. Novell is a trusted partner to XenSource, and we look forward to working closely with Novell to deliver compelling virtualization solutions to enterprise customers," he said in a statement. SUSE Linux Enterprise10 also includes Novell AppArmor, the application-level security service that protects customer systems and processes. With the open-source AppArmor, customers can deploy application security for both servers and desktops while reducing IT staff workload and lowering total cost of ownership, Anderson said. To read more about Novells open-source AppArmor project, click here. "AppArmor helps customers rapidly develop and enforce security policies to protect infrastructure against attackers who seek and exploit application flaws. SUSE Linux Enterprise also fully supports leading open standards for encrypted file systems, firewalls, certificate management, intrusion detection and intrusion prevention," Anderson said. He said customers who subscribe to SUSE Linux Enterprise will also get access to the latest software enhancements, bug fixes and security patches through regular updates via the Novell Customer Center, a centralized online portal that provides access to technical support and is completely integrated with Novell ZENworks Linux Management. Click here to read an eWEEK Labs review of ZENworks Suite 7.0. Other SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 innovations include the fact that its storage foundation integrates Oracle Cluster File System 2, Enterprise Volume Manager and Heartbeat 2 clustering services to deliver an open-source, high-availability storage solution, Anderson said. Linux Enterprise also brings an integrated application development kit, including the Mono open-source development platform based on Microsofts .Net, to build new solutions based on Linux, along with middleware services including Apache, Geronimo, Java, PHP, Python, TCL (Tool Command Language)/TK, Ruby and shell scripting, he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel