SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Announced with Concurrent Support for POWER8 and System z

SUSE has announced general availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12, the newest version of its platform for efficiently deploying and managing highly available enterprise-class IT services in physical, virtual or cloud infrastructure. New products based on SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 feature enhancements that more readily enable system uptime, improve operational efficiency, and accelerate innovation. The foundation for all SUSE data center operating systems and extensions, SUSE Linux Enterprise meets the performance requirements of data centers with mixed IT environments, while reducing the risk of technological obsolescence and vendor lock-in.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server takes advantage of IBM POWER8 processor-based hardware optimizations that include support for little-endian Linux applications running on simultaneous multithreaded (SMT8) and PowerKVM environments. In addition, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z improves workload performance through instruction set exploitation for the last two generations of IBM System z processors, state-of-the art support for cryptographic accelerators and the related software stack, and enhancements for operational tasks.

"SUSE's announcement of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 for little-endian mode on Power Systems enables a richer set of applications to easily take advantage of the higher performance and greater throughput of the POWER8 processor, making Power Systems an ideal solution for data-intensive workloads such as analytics,” noted Doug Balog, IBM Power Systems General Manager:  “Combining the long collaboration of SUSE and IBM with the community efforts of the OpenPOWER foundation, we continue to see tremendous growth of enterprise-grade, open source applications becoming readily available for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on IBM Power Systems."
"Given their competitive cost pressures, IT organizations today have a hard time responding quickly to changing business needs and leveraging innovation," said Nils Brauckmann, President and General Manager of SUSE. This release helps enterprises “stay agile, reclaim budget and easily leverage future open source innovation, helping them compete more effectively now and in the future,” he added.

To access the SLES 12 announcement, go here.

More information is available about SUSE Linux Enterprise 12, and about SUSE and IBM.