Thanks to our customers and business partners for 10 years of market share leadership on the mainframe


If you have been following Novell and the mainframe market you have heard my colleagues and I talk about the fact that 2010 marks the 10 year anniversary of Linux on the mainframe. Yesterday, Novell announced 10 years of leadership in this market, driven by customer adoption, product innovations and partner support. We’re proud to say that we were the first OS vendor to support Linux on IBM mainframes, giving us an early entree in this market which we now dominate today with an 80% share.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary, we’ve been across the globe at industry events such as SHARE, CEBIT, WAVV and at IBM and Novell events discussing the benefits of Linux on System z. Marketshare leadership and innovation in a category for more than 10 years is something we are very proud of. For SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z, we’re proud of our 1000+ customers, hundreds of partners,1000+ ISV’s, the Novell team focused on IBM, and our engineers and developers responsible for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z.

The mainframe is one of those funny technologies that people ask the question: “is that technology still around?” Well, the answer is yes, it is still around; and thanks to Linux it is stronger than ever, it is very healthy – and growing.

Novell’s leadership position on the mainframe is just one of the many proof points of why Novell is an ideal choice for companies that seriously want to improve their IT environment. There are many other reasons that I won’t elaborate on in this blog, but you can see for yourself how Novell technologies are helping customers across the globe.

Novell and our business partners spend quite a bit of time educating the market on the benefits that Linux on System z can bring to enterprises to reduce costs, simplify IT management and increase overall performance. Like many of our customers I believe that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z is the ideal server consolidation platform? There are many reasons, but the top 5 we hear from customers include:

1- Lower costs with the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL), which is treated as a single processor for licensing software
2 – Achieve extreme security, high scalability and greater flexibility- all benefits native to Linux
3- Consolidate servers through virtualization; running Linux as a guest of z/VM saves on hardware, software license, floor space, power usage and staffing expenses
4- Choose from a large portfolio of 1000 + commercial applications
5- Easily migrate and run even Windows workloads with Mono on System z -only from Novell on IBM System z servers

Thank you to all our customers, partners and IBM for their support to make Novell the marketshare leader for Linux on System z.

Later this week, we will release a series of interviews and podcasts with some of the original members of the SUSE mainframe team You will find these on the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z blog: You can also follow us on Twitter at:

For now start your trip down memory lane on the past 10 years of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z with the following articles/assets:

* View the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z timeline today –
Carol Stafford’s IBM’s WW VP of System z sales discussing the 10 Year Anniversary of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z –
*Linux User & Developer article: Novell’s Markus Rex – celebrating 10 years of Linux on the mainframe SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z –

If you are a customer, business partner or IBM employee that has a 10 year anniversary of Linux on System z story, I’d love to hear from you. What’s your experience with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z?

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