SUSE Offers Complimentary Subscriptions to IBM Blade System

SUSE, an enterprise Linux operating system provider and division of The Attachmate Group, announced a new offer in which it will provide customers running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z on IBM zEnterprise with complimentary subscriptions for IBM's new zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX). The offer could potentially save mainframe customers as much as $39,000 in subscription costs, the vendor says.

"The mainframe has been, and will continue to be, a core platform for enterprise computing," says Kerry Kim, director of solution marketing for SUSE. "We are pleased to offer our customers support for IBM zEnterprise System, providing the ideal Linux platform for workload consolidation and growth."

The IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Entitlement Offering for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server applies to new and existing, active subscriptions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z running on IBM's zEnterprise 196 or the newly announced zEnterprise 114. Customers using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z on these zEnterprise systems will receive a free basic subscription for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on all IBM zBX hardware attached to their zEnterprise mainframe.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, available since 2000, is designed to help customers consolidate data centers, reduce network complexities and speed transaction times with IBM zEnterprise. More than 80% of all System z Linux implementations run on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, according to SUSE.

More information is available at the SUSE website.