SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 9 is the first enterprise Linux server to be built on the Linux 2.6 kernel. As such, Novell Inc. and its partners claim that it has significant performance and scalability enhancements over Linux servers built around the Linux 2.4 kernel.
SLES also will include JBoss Inc.s open-source J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) JBoss Application Server. This comes on the heels of Red Hat Inc.s announcement earlier Tuesday that it is offering its own J2EE server, RHAS (Red Hat Application Server), separately from its enterprise Linux operating system.
The JBoss server also will be included in Novells exteNd, formerly SilverStream eXtend, a visual integrated services environment for enterprise information systems. The widely deployed JBoss Application Server was the first open-source application server to achieve J2EE 1.4 compliance.
"JBoss has 50 percent of the J2EE market, so this move made perfect sense for Novell," said Chris Stone, Novells vice chairman.
Stone added that Novell will offer full levels 1, 2 and 3 support for JBoss. "Its part of SLES. We will, of course, charge for support, but when you buy SLES, you also buy JBoss, and you dont need to buy support."
"[Hewlett-Packard Co.] applauds the inclusion of an established, J2EE-compliant application server with SuSE Linux Enterprise Server. This supports HPs ongoing efforts to bring Linux, J2EE and open source in general to the enterprise market," said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux at HP.
The new SuSE Linux also offers vastly improved management capabilities. Besides supporting Novells own management program, ZENworks Linux Management, Novell has increased the capabilities of YaST, its comprehensive installation, configuration and administration tool.