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SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP3: By the Numbers



By: linuxscribe

July 8, 2013 2:16 pm

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4,096.
16.
4.

Three seemingly unrelated numbers, each with special meaning to today’s release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3 (SP3).

4,096 is the number of logical CPUs that can support at one time, out of the box. To say that’s useful for virtual data centers and cloud computing operations is like saying the Queen Elizabeth II is good for fishing.

With the latest supported versions of KVM and Xen, SP3 is a strong platform from which to base virtual operations and run applications smoothly. Linux kernel 3.0 (and extensive backporting) support, doesn’t hurt, either.

16 is the number of tebibytes (TiB) of system memory SP3 can handle at one time. Tebibyte is a digital memory unit used to describe system memory. 1 tebibyte is equal to 2^40 bytes of information. Or, to think of it in terabytes, which is used for more permanent storage-medium memory, 16 TiB is approximately equal to 17.6 Tb of information.

If you need scale, SP3 is there.

4 is the classification for the Common Criteria Certification EAL ranking SP3 has received. Actually, SP3′s EAL ranking is 4+. That, added to the U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validation received this spring for SUSE’s OpenSSL module, as well as the normally hardened operating system features always found in SUSE’s enterprise products, means that if you need a safe place for your data, SP3 is the platform to use.

There are more numbers we can throw around, but the most important number that SUSE keeps in mind is the number 1—that’s the priority we give for all of our customers when releasing new products. SP3 is the latest in a long line of software that will help our customers accomplish what they need and grow as much they want.

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Categories: Cloud Computing, Enterprise Linux, Expert Views, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Virtualization

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