Powered by UnitedLinux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 delivers efficient,
secure, and reliable future-proof operating system available across all
SUSE Linux, the international Open Source
technology leader and solutions provider, today announced the next
generation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Based on the joint industry
standard, UnitedLinux 1.0, SUSE Enterprise Server 8 delivers increased
security, scalability, reliability, standard-compliance, software
maintenance, and support.
Available in December, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 combines maximum
reliability and performance with an unprecedented scalability across all
significant hardware borders. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is also
certified and validated for central enterprise applications such as
mySAP.com and IBM DB2.
"IT experts worldwide aim to reduce costs as well as increase the
performance, security and flexibility of their IT infrastructure," said
Boris Nalbach, CTO of SUSE Linux. "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the
product of choice for corporate deployment. It offers decision makers
financial planning security and eases administrators' duties through its
technical maturity and continuous maintenance."
"SUSE has broken new ground with this continuum of enterprise offerings,"
said Bob Butler, Business Unit Executive, Linux Distributors, IBM. "Using
a common Linux source code, applications can quickly span heterogeneous
environments - from micro to mainframe, small business to Fortune 500.
Coupled with full IBM middleware certification and worldwide IBM Global
Services support, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 will offer customers a
compelling value proposition."
"Based on unified LSB-compliant standards by UnitedLinux, SUSE Enterprise
Server 8 enables HP to offer our customers another strong Linux platform
choice for their enterprise-level Linux deployments," said Judy Chavis,
Worldwide Linux Director, HP Industry Standard Servers. "Running on
market-leading industry-standard HP ProLiant servers or our Itanium
2-based server family, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 offers customers a
secure, reliable, and well supported Linux platform."
Only Server with Complete Cross-Platform Availability
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 is the only server system worldwide that
boasts a uniform code basis for all significant hardware platforms. In
addition to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for Intel and AMD 32-bit and
64-bit processors, Enterprise Server 8 is also available for HP ProLiant
servers, HP Itanium 2-based servers, Fujitsu Siemens Primergy servers and
the entire IBM eServer series (xSeries, iSeries, pSeries, zSeries) - This
makes the SLES8 the perfect platform for consolidating heterogeneous
server structures and significantly reduces system administration costs.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 delivers powerful and mature tools for all
mission-critical server applications, such as file, print, web, and
security services. In addition, it is highly suitable as a server for
applications and middleware solutions such as databases, e-commerce, and
storage, as well as for clustering and ThinClient systems.
Unique: The SUSE Linux Maintenance Program Expands
A new expanded portfolio of system maintenance and support services
ensures that businesses get qualified assistance from SUSE for the running
system. Installation support is now valid for the entire maintenance term.
In the SUSE Linux Maintenance Web, users can access well-documented fixes,
patches, and updates, ensuring optimum system availability. Various
support services specifically designed for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8
are available at fixed rates, with guaranteed turnaround times, and around
Maximum Convenience: Easy Installation and System Configuration
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 also improves administration and
configuration efficiency with the new installation tool AutoYaST. AutoYaST
enables automated installation of a user-defined SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server configuration in a distributed network, greatly reducing
installation time and administration costs and guaranteeing a global
quality-assured software rollout. Using the graphical YaST2 frontend in
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8, hardware components and server services
can comfortably be configured in the running system. YaST's remote
administration by way of a secure encrypted connection provides security
Globally Standardized Base Technology: UnitedLinux 1.0
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 is based on the uniform global Linux
business infrastructure, UnitedLinux 1.0. Jointly developed by Conectiva,
SUSE The SCO Group, and Turbolinux, and supported by leading hardware and
software providers, UnitedLinux 1.0 provides multiple language support and
compliance with the main Linux standards (LSB, FHS, OpenI18N).
In Focus: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 powered by UnitedLinux
provides performance and high availability
The optimized kernel 2.4.19 enables high availability solutions and the
high-performance interaction with storage systems in the SAN by means of
asynchronous I/O, multipathing memory access, and the management of up to
600 physical hard disks. Load balancing and the O(1) scheduler are
responsible for the optimum balancing of the computing capacity in the
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 provides improved scalability up to 32
processors and utilizes up to 64 GB of main memory. Therefore, it is
primary choice for deployment as computing cluster for high-performance
computing solutions and environments with advanced speed and scalability
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 includes an expanded and enhanced version
of Samba, the file and print server for Windows environments. The
introduction of access control lists (ACL) for files and directories
facilitates the administration of access permissions for file and print
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 supports four file systems with journaling
functionality: Ext3, ReiserFS, XFS, and IBM's 64-bit file system JFS. SuSE
Linux Enterprise Server 8 is the first Linux system to support NGPT
threads. With NGPT (Next-Generation Posix Threads), existing Unix
applications can easily and cost-effectively be ported to Linux, thus, do
not pose any obstacle for the migration. The previous thread model,
pthreads, continues to be supported. The integrated IBM Java tools are key
for the availability of crossplatform applications under Linux.
The system is permanently checked for attacks from the Internet or the
LAN. OpenSSL reliably encrypts mission-critical data. Through effective
user authentication, Kerberos implements a maximum degree of security for
client and server applications.
Product Scope and Availability
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for x86 will be available in December from
SUSE Linux resellers. Other versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for
S/390 and zSeries (31-bit and 64-bit), iSeries, pSeries and for Itanium
2-based servers will be available in December, too. SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server 8 will also support AMD's x86 64-bit architecture, which will be
available beginning 2003.
The recommended retail price of US$ 749.00 for SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server 8 for x86 includes four CDs, detailed manuals, and the SUSE Linux
Maintenance Program for one server for 12 months. For the benefit of users
of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 who participate in the Maintenance
Program, SUSE offers an upgrade to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 together
with the documentation at the price of US$ 129.00.
For further information, please visit www.suse.com/sles.
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