Enterprise Linux developer Suse has introduced Service Pack 3 of its Suse Linux Enterprise 11 distribution, adding scale-out and mission-critical enhancements that make it an ideal choice for migrating resource intensive workloads from legacy Risc Unix systems, according to the firm.
Available now, Suse Linux Enterprise 11 SP3 gives customers more scale-up and scale-out options to run mission-critical workloads. As well as new features and support for the latest hardware, SP3 also includes all patches and updates released since the introduction of Suse Linux Enterprise 11 in 2009.
With SP3, Suse Linux can support up to 4096 logical processors and 16TB of system memory. It has virtualisation and power saving enhancements designed to take advantage of the latest chips, including Intel's Xeon E5 and 4th generation Core processors plus the Opteron 4000 and 6000 series from AMD.
The update also includes key enhancements such as Open Fabric Enterprise Distribution stack designed to speed network and storage access and ease fabric management. SP3 also introduces thin provisioning for the Logical Volume Manager and includes a new LIO Linux iSCSI Target.
Suse is targeting customers still running Unix-based workloads, claiming that with the right high-performance x86 systems, SP3 can provide a highly virtualised environment capable of handling mission-critical workloads securely and cost effectively.
Michael Miller, vice president of alliances at Suse said: "With the release of Suse Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 3, we are delivering scalability and security enhancements to our customers. These enhancements will help them maximise resource utilisation and improve business agility when they are facing economic and competitive pressures."
Ironically, Suse is being backed by some of the very vendors whose Unix platforms it is aiming to supplant, including HP and IBM.
HP director of Linux Server Engineering Scott Shaffer said that, "achieving greater efficiency through workload consolidation and increasing server utilisation is a constant concern for our customers. With the latest improvements in CPU, memory, I/O and KVM performance made to Suse Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 3, HP ProLiant G8 servers are able to address these concerns, maximising IT efficiency with fewer servers than ever before."
The SP3 version of the Suse Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension incorporates the latest and best open source clustering technologies and is available for Itanium, Power and IBM System z hardware as well as x86 servers.
Evaluation copies of Suse Linux Enterprise 11 SP3 are available to download from the Suse website, with free updates and maintenance for 60 days.
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