SuSE Linux A.G. has beaten enterprise competitor Red Hat Inc. to the draw and on Tuesday will announce the availability of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD 64, the first enterprise-ready Linux server operating system for the new to be launched at an event in New York Tuesday.
For its part, Red Hat will preview at the launch a complete solution stack featuring a future 64-bit version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server for the Opteron processor. But the Red Hat Enterprise Linux products for Opteron will only be released with the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, due this fall.
"We will deliver Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the Opteron to cover all uses from workstations to mission-critical data center configurations. Opteron-based hardware with Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be able to run the many available 32-bit enterprise applications as well as high-performance next-generation 64-bit applications," a company spokeswoman said.
SuSE last month announced the availability of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for Intel Itanium. This lagged the availability of Red Hats Advanced Server and Advanced Workstation for Itanium 2, which ship in partnership with Hewlett-Packard Co.
Also, as first reported by eWEEK, Sun Microsystems Inc. has said that it has no plans to support Linux or Solaris on Intel Corp. Itanium systems, but the company is evaluating AMDs Opteron processors.
But SuSE did not miss the opportunity to point out its advantage, with CEO Richard Seibt saying that "only SuSE has a 64-bit enterprise-ready server product available for AMD Opteron. SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for AMD 64 enables customers to combine the stability and security of Linux with the performance enhancements available only through the 64-bit architecture," he said.
Seibt said SuSEs engineers have been working closely with AMD since mid-2000 to develop an enterprise-class operating system and development tools for AMD 64, which provides high performance, flexibility and scalability for demanding enterprise applications in both 32- and 64-bit environments.