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Novell Unveils SUSE Linux Enterprise 11


March 30, 2009

Novell Unveils SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

By Shamila Janakiraman
TMCnet Contributor


Novell (News - Alert) has announced the availability of its SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 operating system designed especially for the next generation data center.

The heterogeneous nature of data centers has driven the demand from customers for a platform which can run applications reliably on any hardware platform and hypervisor and also in appliances and cloud computing infrastructures.
“A recent survey conducted by IDC (News - Alert) 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.”
SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 offers several advantages across an enterprise. The platform includes enhancements to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. It also delivers two new extensions, the SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension, which enables customers to run fully supported Microsoft (News - Alert) .NET-based applications on Linux.
The second is the SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension, a clustering product that ensures uptime for mission-critical applications ensuring high availability cost effectively.
Matt Eastwood, group vice president at IDC, said that as virtualization reaches its full potential and cloud computing begins to transform the data center, operating systems need to be engineered to enable these new solutions.
Novell offers full support for physical, virtual, appliance and cloud computing models with SUSE Linux Enterprise and it helps customers at each step in the evolution of the data center. For Customers who want an operating system that works with their existing IT infrastructure, Novell has delivered SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 and a comprehensive set of solutions for identity, security and systems management.
Novell’s strategic partners will support SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 delivering a complete solution. The global partners list includes Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, IBM (News - Alert), Intel, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle and SAP AG. It also includes its entire ecosystem of solution, integration, hardware and software partners.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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