Service and support agreement implemented for a term of three
Nuremberg, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark 07/31/2002 Telia
Connect, a Danish subsidiary of Telia, Scandinavia's largest
telecommunications and Internet service provider, executed a
long-term agreement with the Nuremberg-based SUSE Linux AG for the
maintenance of its IBM zSeries G7 mainframe systems.
Telia Connect's positive experience with SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server started in 2001, when the ISP consolidated a heterogeneous
farm of 70 Unix servers on one IBM mainframe. Since then, the
Internet pages and e-mail accounts of more than 400,000 customers
continue to be processed on one single IBM S/390 mainframe.
The search for a technical solution for the Telia Connect offer
called "Server Connect" culminated in a decision in favor of a
combination of the IBM mainframe and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
Through the "Server Connect" concept, Telia Connect provides
enterprise customers with computing power suitable to their needs.
Telia Connect performs the overall investment as well as the
maintenance of the systems. This offer is especially appreciated
by rapidly growing enterprises as well as companies with the
extended need for a secure solution.
"The combination of IBM zSeries machines and SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server not only meets our high standards with respect to stability
and hundred-percent availability," explains Arne Larsson, CEO of
Telia Connect. "In SUSE Linux Enterprise Server we have also found
an operating system that allows us to react very flexibly to our
customers' demand for performance. Through the system maintenance
and the production support, SUSE Linux AG gives us the security we
need in order to meet our customers' expectations regarding the
quality of our services."
In connection with z/VM, the IBM host operating system, z/OS,
enables the distribution and administration of the available
resources in so-called "virtual machines", thus providing the
basis for implementing the solution. Within these virtual
machines, one independent SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operates
for each customer. In late May 2002, SUSE was the first worldwide
manufacturer to present a 64-bit Linux version for IBM zSeries G7,
which is similar to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for S/390
version released in October 2001, exploiting the possibilities of
this new processor architecture. The support of HiperSockets, a
unique high performance feature of IBM eServer zSeries,
substantially increases the data exchange speed between the
virtual servers within the mainframe. This technology ensures
optimum data transfer between the host operating system z/OS and
the Linux partitions. Just as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server allows
modifications of the network and hard disk configuration while the
system is active, Telia Connect customers are provided with an
unlimited virtual server capacity with zero downtime.
About SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server presents professional Linux users an
unprecedented full-service offer. In addition to the operating
system basis, optimized for stability and security, SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server 7 offers all server services relevant on Linux.
Release cycles of one year provide planning security. The system
maintenance guarantees long-term investment security, since the
certifications of leading hardware and software providers remain
valid even after an update. Within the scope of its system
maintenance, SUSE offers all relevant patches, fixes, and updates
in a quality-assured and documented state, allowing companies to
operate their IT infrastructure on the basis of a secure,
powerful, and stable operating system from the outset.
About Telia Connect
Telia Connect meets customers' request for consolidating server
platforms and disaster-proof solutions. Telia Connect has, in
cooperation with IBM, developed solutions where a large number of
servers can be consolidated into one virtual machine running Linux
and business mission critical application. More information on
Telia Connect can be found at www.teliaconnect.com
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