SuSE Ships Linux for IBM Mainframe

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-04-30 Print this article Print

SuSE Linux shipped SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for 64-bit IBM eServer zSeries, which SuSE claims is the first server operating system to fully support the HiperSockets feature that accelerates the speed of the data transfer between virtual servers in t

SuSE Linux today shipped SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for 64-bit IBM eServer zSeries, which SuSE claims is the first server operating system to fully support the HiperSockets feature that accelerates the speed of the data transfer between virtual servers in the IBM mainframe. The latest version of the enterprise server also supports the ReiserFS journaling file system, which is efficient for data entities containing large numbers of small files.
"This product also offers improved performance and responsiveness, including more efficient inter-server communication, as well as specific features that are only possible with 64-bit technology like the HiperSocket support and hardware cryptographic support," said Holger Dyroff, who heads SuSEs U.S. operations in Oakland, Calif., in an interview.
Customers using the 64-bit Enterprise Server 7 software would also be able to run their 31- and 32-bit IBM mainframe applications smoothly. "This means that even if users are not yet ready to run 64-bit applications, they can use this product to position themselves for that while still being able to run their existing 32-bit mainframe applications," Dyroff said. SuSE has received a number of pre-orders for Enterprise Server 7 from companies in the financial sector, Dyroff said. Retailers like Boscovs Department Store and L.L.Bean Inc. are currently using the product, he added. SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 is priced on the basis of zSeries hardware models and the number of processors, starting at $14,500 for a single processor. Additional features found in Enterprise Server 7 include the easy porting of applications to the mainframe, easy installation and automatic hardware detection, and more than 1,000 business and server applications. "It also allows large file support, high-speed networking, enhanced RAW I/O support and a rich development environment supporting C, C++, Perl and Fortran. The YaST administration and installation tool enables logical volume manager configuration, server and user administration and multilingual use," Dyroff said. The software is based on version 2.4.7 of the Linux kernel and includes open SSL, Kerberos 5, the Samba 2.2 server and client as well as the Apache 1.3.19 Web server. Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. also recently announced the release of its own Advanced Server, but Dyroff said SuSE is not threatened by this move. "The advantage of open source products is that customers always win as the vendors have to compete with one another to provide the best product with the most advanced features," he said.
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.

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