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Novell's next gen. data centre opsys

Ross O. Storey | March 25, 2009
Half of CIOs are increasing Linux server adoption: Novell survey

SINGAPORE, 25 MARCH 2009 - Integrated IT management software giant Novell has launched what it calls the operating system designed for the next generation data centre''.

Novell says that with its SUSE Linux Enterprise 11, it is delivering the leading mission-critical Linux platform to allow customers to economically deploy workloads wherever and however they choose.

In its announcement, Novell said that As data centers become more heterogeneous, customers are demanding a cost-effective platform that can run their applications reliably and with high performance on any hardware platform and hypervisor as well as in appliances and cloud computing infrastructures.

Chief technology officer at Novell, Jeff Jaffe, said a recent survey, conducted by IDC and sponsored by Novell, confirmed that half of IT executives are planning to increase their adoption of Linux server and desktop technologies this year because of the economic downturn.

With the release of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11, Novell is helping IT professionals save money while addressing other key issues identified in the survey, such as interoperability, support for mission-critical computing and the flexibility to deploy Linux in a wide range of environments, Jaffe said.

Major enhancements

Novell says the new platform contains major enhancements to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and delivers two new extensions SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono(R) Extension, the only product that enables customers to run fully supported Microsoft .NET-based applications on Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension. This is a clustering product that ensures uptime for mission-critical applications while slashing the cost of ownership for high availability.

As virtualization realizes its full potential and cloud computing begins to transform the data center, operating systems need to be engineered to enable these new solutions, said Matt Eastwood, group vice president at IDC.

By fully supporting physical, virtual, appliance and cloud computing models with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Novell can help customers at each step in the evolution of the data center. For customers seeking an operating system that works with their existing IT infrastructure while reducing the cost of enterprise computing, Novell has delivered SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 and a comprehensive set of solutions for identity, security and systems management.

SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 will be supported by Novell's global strategic partners including Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle and SAP AG and its entire ecosystem of solution, integration, hardware and software partners.

Ted MacLean, general manager of strategic alliances & licensing at Microsoft, said, Customers place a very high value on the interoperability and strong technical cooperation between Microsoft and Novell, and the new release of SUSE Linux Enterprise continues that ground-breaking innovation. The scale and scope of the strategic agreement with Novell is unique, and provides customers with innovative solutions for mixed-source environments, both physical and virtual.

 

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