SuSE Rolls Out Carrier-Grade Linux

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-29 Print this article Print

In other Linux news, IBM will open a new Linux competency center in London focused on the British financial community.

As the Linux operating system continues to break new ground and win new customers, SuSE Linux A.G. will on Tuesday announce the availability of a Carrier-Grade Linux (CGL) edition of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, while IBM will open a new Linux competency center in London that is focused on the British financial community. SuSEs CGL, which SuSE developed along with HP, IBM and Intel Corp., is initially targeted at Intel-based hardware platforms. It also incorporates technologies defined by the Open Source Development Labs Carrier Grade Linux Working Group. CGL will enable businesses to develop and deploy new products and services on standards-based, modular communications platforms, at a lower cost, said SuSE CEO Richard Seibt in a statement.
"Given the current high cost structures and harsh market conditions, customers demand an adaptable solution that offers cost-efficiency, standardization and reusability. Developed initially for telecom, the promise of CGL has attracted attention of businesses in many different industries—including financial and retail," he said.
SuSE Linuxs CGL Edition is available as a free service pack to SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 customers. Its specifications, which were developed and created with the telecommunications industry, network equipment providers and independent software vendors, include high-availability features for error detection and rapid failover for the operating system, applications, Ethernet and disk. It also features better serviceability enhancements enabling faster problem determination, improved system scalability/performance, soft real-time performance, kernel preemption, application loading and concurrent timers scaling behavior and reporting, Seibt said. For its part, IBMs new London Linux center will be known as the Linux Center for Financial Services and aims to provide financial services and banking firms an environment that allows them to test and deploy IBM Linux-based solutions, including IBM TotalStorage products running Linux; the entire eServer line; high-powered Linux clusters; eServer zSeries mainframes; as well as IBM software including WebSphere, DB2, Lotus, Tivoli and some Rational product offerings.

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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