Linux at the Core

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2004-08-03 Print this article Print

In addition, YaST now supports the CIM (common information model), a standard interface used by enterprise systems management solutions. According to Novell, this will make it easier for managers to support large-scale IT environments and to interact with third-party systems management tools. The new AutoYaST feature also will enable IT administrators to automatically deploy Linux servers. Click here for more on YaST. Technically speaking, SLES includes advanced memory management, advanced processor support and advanced I/O capabilities, offering the industrys best performance, officials said. SLES also boasts a class-based kernel resource management (CKRM), co-developed with IBM, which allows the Linux server to dynamic allocate resources.
In addition, hyper-threading support and NUMA (non-uniform memory management) support have been improved to provide more effective scalability across large-scale implementations.
Putting all of this together, Jack Messman, chairman and CEO of Novell, declared that the company is giving customers "compelling reasons to deploy Linux at the core of their business." "SLES 9, backed by Novells global ecosystem of enterprise-level consulting, training and support, is the most fully supported enterprise Linux," Messman said. "Novell is actively partnering with hundreds of software and hardware companies to ensure that their latest offerings support SLES 9, providing business customers a trusted, reliable Linux foundation. "Novells Linux Indemnification Program, which gives customers protection from third-party copyright litigation, offers additional confidence to customers." Jim Stallings, general manager of Strategic Growth Initiatives at IBM, said the company is supporting Novells release. "IBM is working closely with Novell to introduce SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 in the marketplace, and supporting it across our eServer line and across our key software portfolio," he said. To read more about Strategic Growth Initiatives, a new business group at IBM that will target emerging markets, click here. "SLES 9 is available on all of IBMs hardware platforms now," Stallings said. "There will be no staggered rollout as there has been in the past with IBMs adoption of Linux." SLES 9 is now available on numerous hardware architectures, including x86, AMD64TM and Intel EM64T, Intels Itanium processor family, IBM Power, IBM zSeries and IBM S390. A yearly maintenance service subscription for x86 architectures starts at $349 per server with two CPUs. Current users of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server with active upgrade protection/maintenance will be able to download Version 9 at no charge. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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