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SolidDriver Makes Hardware One Less Thing To Worry About



By: linuxscribe

November 12, 2013 7:04 am

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With hardware and data centers, it’s all about speed.

Not just speed of the hardware itself—though that’s certainly important—but the speed in which that hardware can be deployed. If the latest server with warp-speed technology hits the market, you don’t want to be the customer that’s sitting around waiting for the software to catch up so you can use that server.

Nor do you want to be the user who’s willing to be their company’s life (or at least, its business processes) on cutting-edge software that might or might now fully support that new hardware. Without crashing along the way.

This is something that even Linux users have to face. Even though Linux is stable and adaptable, there are going to be times when software and hardware issues will introduce a bit a stress into the equation: using new hardware can often require installing new, vendor-delivered kernel drivers, which causes anxiety for many customers.

SUSE’s SolidDriver program is made just for alleviating that stress.

Relaunched with a new focus and a new name, SolidDriver offers system and component vendors tools, specifications and processes that help ensure its kernel drivers are easy to deploy, are compatible with SUSE Linux Enterprise and are supported by SUSE and the hardware and component vendors.

Sure, you say, it’s drivers. You get that. But it is really a big deal? Considering the phenomenal growth of the data center, it very much is a big deal. Hardware is not something you want to worry about when you’re trying to deploy and manage new servers on a weekly or even daily basis. (And with SUSE Studio and SUSE Manager, we can help with that, too.)

SUSE Linux Enterprise customers can deploy with confidence the third-party Linux kernel drivers they need through the SUSE SolidDriver program, which makes sure standards to ensure kernel drivers are verified as compatible and supported.

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Categories: Enterprise Linux, Expert Views, Integrated Systems, Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, SUSE Manager, SUSE Studio

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