SuSE First With Linux Server OS for Opteron

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-21 Print this article Print

SuSE Linux beats Red Hat to the draw with the announcement of the availability of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD 64.

SuSE Linux A.G. has beaten enterprise competitor Red Hat Inc. to the draw and on Tuesday will announce the availability of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD 64, the first enterprise-ready Linux server operating system for the new to be launched at an event in New York Tuesday. For its part, Red Hat will preview at the launch a complete solution stack featuring a future 64-bit version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server for the Opteron processor. But the Red Hat Enterprise Linux products for Opteron will only be released with the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, due this fall. "We will deliver Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the Opteron to cover all uses from workstations to mission-critical data center configurations. Opteron-based hardware with Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be able to run the many available 32-bit enterprise applications as well as high-performance next-generation 64-bit applications," a company spokeswoman said.
SuSE last month announced the availability of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for Intel Itanium. This lagged the availability of Red Hats Advanced Server and Advanced Workstation for Itanium 2, which ship in partnership with Hewlett-Packard Co.
Also, as first reported by eWEEK, Sun Microsystems Inc. has said that it has no plans to support Linux or Solaris on Intel Corp. Itanium systems, but the company is evaluating AMDs Opteron processors. But SuSE did not miss the opportunity to point out its advantage, with CEO Richard Seibt saying that "only SuSE has a 64-bit enterprise-ready server product available for AMD Opteron. SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for AMD 64 enables customers to combine the stability and security of Linux with the performance enhancements available only through the 64-bit architecture," he said. Seibt said SuSEs engineers have been working closely with AMD since mid-2000 to develop an enterprise-class operating system and development tools for AMD 64, which provides high performance, flexibility and scalability for demanding enterprise applications in both 32- and 64-bit environments.

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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