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Enterprise Linux Today: SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 For S/390 Ready for IBM eServer zSeries

Nov 14, 2001, 07:12 (2 Talkback[s])
"Today, SuSE Linux, the international Open Source technology leader and solutions provider, announced the release of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390, the latest version of its server operating system for deployment in enterprise mainframes. Based on kernel 2.4, this SuSE server version now supports S/390 servers as well as IBM eServer zSeries z900. Extremely failsafe and high performing, IBM mainframes are the ideal solution for running mission-critical applications such as the administration of complex e-business transactions. SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390 excellently matches IBM's hardware as the perfect medium for consolidated server services on IBM mainframes, e.g. for intranet and Internet services as well as database applications. Additionally, the SuSE Maintenance Service keeps the operating system in a secure, stable, and tested state for at least 24 months of guaranteed investment security.

"More and more of our customers are turning to server consolidation as a means of reducing expenses and improving the reliability, security and flexibility of their enterprise systems. " said Rich Lechner, vice president, Marketing and Sales, IBM eServer zSeries. " SuSE provides our customers with more choices in optimizing operating efficiency and leveraging the rapidly growing set of Linux solutions."

Functionality Compared to its predecessor, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390 boasts a number of improvements: SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390 is the first server operating system to fully support HiperSockets, a new high-performance feature unique to IBM eServer zSeries, thus substantially accelerating the speed of the data transfer between virtual servers in the mainframe. As the host operating system z/OS also supports HiperSockets, data exchange between SuSE Linux and z/OS is possible with maximum bandwidth and near-zero latency. SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390 now also supports the journaling filesystem ReiserFS. Especially data entities containing large numbers of small files benefit from the efficiency and performance of ReiserFS. Also new: the network and disk device configuration can now be modified dynamically without a reboot. The Logical Volume Manager allows the runtime-integration of dynamically attached storage devices into existing virtual volumes of almost arbitrary size, delivering practically unlimited disk space without downtime."

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