SUSE announced the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 2, offering users improved performance, reliability and efficiency while maintaining enterprise quality and application compatibility. This release marks the first major update to SUSE Linux Enterprise since SUSE began operating as an independent business unit of The Attachmate Group.
"Businesses today are increasingly relying on innovative, yet proven technologies to compete more effectively and maximize their revenue potential," said Michael Miller, vice president of global alliances and marketing, SUSE. "With our first platform developed through a forward looking approach, we're delivering new features and enhancements, including support for the latest industry standard hardware, while maintaining enterprise quality and investment protection."
To deliver on that promise SUSE's release exposes many of the hardware capabilities of the latest Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron processors. It ships with the 3.0 Linux kernel and includes scheduler enhancements, expanded file system support, and improved resource management. Faster packet filtering and per-CPU load balancing improve network performance and new geo-site clustering and btrfs snapshot/rollback capabilities help ensure service availability while mitigating risk. And with over 8,500 applications certified and supported, more than any other Linux distribution, chances are your applications are supported.
Also updated with SP2 is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z, a Linux operating system optimized for IBM mainframes, offering an alternative to x86 platforms for consolidating servers and virtualizing Linux, UNIX and Windows workloads. Customers can leverage the resiliency of System z servers, the power of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z and the hypervisor capabilities of z/VM.
For information about the virtualization capabilities of SUSE Linux Enterprise, read the developerWorks Virtualization@IBM guest blog by SUSE's Michael Miller, or listen to this four-part podcast series at www.suse.com/blogs/?p=165 hosted by Network World editor in chief John Dix with experts including Al Gillen, an IDC analyst who tracks virtualization developments; Kerry Kim, director of solutions marketing at SUSE; and Adam Jollans, program director of IBM's Linux and Open Virtualization Strategy.
Try SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP2 for yourself with a free 60 day evaluation.
And check out SUSEcon, SUSE's first annual global conference. Learn about the latest developments in enterprise-class Linux from global experts and see how successful customers around the world are using SUSE in their data centers. Visit www.suse.com/events/susecon for more information.