Novell Ships SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

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Waltham, Mass. — March 24
Novell announced the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11, an operating system. 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. With SUSE Linux Enterprise 11, Novell says it is delivering the leading mission-critical Linux platform to allow customers to economically deploy workloads wherever and however they choose, with complete support from Novell and its global partner ecosystem of solution and hardware providers and independent software vendors (ISVs).

“A recent survey conducted by IDC and sponsored by Novell confirmed that around 50 percent of IT executives are planning to increase their adoption of Linux server and desktop technologies this year because of the economic downturn,” said Jeff Jaffe, chief technology officer at Novell. “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.”

The platform contains enhancements to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, and delivers two new extensions: SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension, which enables customers to run fully-supported Microsoft .NET-based applications on Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension, a clustering product that aims to ensure uptime for mission-critical applications while claiming to slash the cost of ownership for high availability. Novell says SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 was designed using three core themes: ubiquity, interoperability and mission-critical computing.

“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.”

Novell also is announcing the availability of Novell ZENworks Linux Management 7.3, which extends policy-driven automation to SUSE Linux Enterprise 11. Managing both desktop and server systems, ZENworks Linux Management aims to make it easy to deploy, manage and maintain Linux resources with advanced policies for desktops and servers. When used with SUSE Linux Enterprise 11, ZENworks Linux Management is designed to reduce the time and cost spent managing an IT infrastructure.

For deploying Linux in the cloud, SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 will be certified and supported in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Novell is collaborating with IBM to deliver SUSE Linux Enterprise 11-based virtual instances of IBM DB2, Informix Dynamic Server, WebSphere sMash, IBM Lotus Web Content Management and IBM WebSphere Portal instances for cloud environments. Currently, customers deploying Linux desktops have been able to obtain SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop preloaded from hardware vendors including Dell and HP.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 now supports swap over the NFS (Network File System) protocol to leverage remote storage for local server needs in an attempt to avoid costly application downtime.

Later this year, Novell plans to release the next version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time Extension, which will aim to leverage the SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 code base to reduce latency and increase predictability and reliability of time-sensitive, mission-critical applications.

“Office Depot chose to standardize on SUSE Linux Enterprise in an effort to reduce the complexity of our systems and control costs, while maintaining superior performance for our global systems,” said Tim Toews, senior vice president and chief information officer of Office Depot. “As we have moved more applications and volume to commodity platforms, SUSE Linux Enterprise has been able to scale to support our business needs.”

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11, SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension and Novell ZENworks Linux Management 7.3 are available now. SUSE Linux Enterprise JeOS will be available in April, and SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension will be available in the second quarter of this year. Later in 2009, Novell plans to release updates to SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service, SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time Extension and SUSE Linux Enterprise Thin Client.

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