SuSE Enterprise Server Goes

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-03-13 Print this article Print

64-Bit">SuSE Enterprise Server Goes 64-Bit At the CEBiT technology show in Hannover, Germany, SuSE on Wednesday also announced that the latest version of its advanced enterprise operating system, the 64-bit SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IBM eServer zSeries, will be available in May. Pricing is not yet available.
"This offering now completes our product offerings for the IBM server line. IBM mainframes are the ideal solution for running mission-critical applications such as the administration of complex e-business transactions and enterprise resource planning systems," Dyroff said.
The 64-bit version expands the possibilities of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390 and zSeries. For example, complex database applications can benefit from the much larger address space and are not confined to a memory boundary of 2GB, he said. "In order to fully retain the value of investments in existing applications, the 31-bit shared libraries of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 support the parallel operation of 31-bit and 64-bit applications on the same machine within the same Linux instance," Dyroff added. This latest offering is based on Version 2.4.17 of the Linux kernel and supports both S/390 servers and IBMs latest server generation, eServer zSeries z900 and eServer zSeries z800. The support of HiperSockets, a high-performance feature unique to IBMs eServer zSeries, also substantially accelerates the speed of the data transfer between virtual servers in the mainframe. The host operating system, z/OS, also supports HiperSockets, allowing data exchange between SuSE Linux and z/OS with maximum bandwidth and near-zero latency, he said. "SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for zSeries also supports the journaling file system ReiserFS," Dyroff said. "Data entities containing large numbers of small files especially benefit from the efficiency and performance of ReiserFS. "The network and disk device configuration can be modified dynamically without a reboot, while the Logical Volume Manager allows the run-time integration of dynamically attached storage devices into existing virtual volumes of almost arbitrary size, while delivering practically unlimited disk space without downtime."

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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