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

“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


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