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

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.
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.
"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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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


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