SuSE also announced a number of agreements with distribution partners, including Appro, a developer of high-density, high-performance server clusters; M&A Technology Inc., which manufactures application-specific servers for various markets; Penguin Computing Inc., which produces Linux-based AMD systems for the enterprise and clustering markets; and PSSC Labs, the provider of Beowulf Class Supercomputers. Oracle Corp. and IBM are among those ISVs that have already certified SuSEs AMD 64 offering. "SuSEs leadership as the first 64-bit Linux OS provider on the Opteron processor, combined with the availability of industry-leading Oracle9i Database on Opteron, shows the commitment that Oracle and SuSE have to lower our customers computing cost while providing high performance, scalability and enterprise functionality," said Dave Dargo, vice president, Linux Program Office, at Oracle Corp."In addition to initial support of the AMD platform, DB2 database software will also support SuSE Linux and AMD Opteron in a clustered environment for a variety of industries including finance, retail, oil and gas, and life sciences for customers deploying two- to 1,000-node Linux clusters," she said. For its part, Red Hat said it will release its Enterprise Linux 3 simultaneously for IA32, Opteron and IA64, as well as IBMs Z-, I- and P-series. Applications created for the platform will be able to be deployed on all these hardware architectures with minimal adjustments. The ability to continue to run 32-bit applications in a 64-bit environment would be of great value to application developers and allow them to maximize the efficiency of their porting resources. Customers would also benefit from greatly increased flexibility during their migration to 64-bit computing, a Red Hat spokeswoman said. Latest Linux News:
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Lauren Flaherty, vice president of marketing for IBMs Management Solutions, said the combination of IBM DB2 Universal Database and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server on AMD Opteron systems enables customers to access DB2s 64-bit database environment and optimize 32-bit application performance.