SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for Itanium Processors Ready for World's Demanding Business Environments

December 20, 2001

Trend-setting operating system platform for mission-critical IT applications provides mature stability, reliability and security.

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Today, SUSE Linux, the international Open Source technology leader and solutions provider, announced the release of "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for Intel® Itanium(tm) Processor Family", a result of a close cooperation between SUSE Linux and Intel. Its high scalability and extreme failsafety make SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 the operating system of choice for mission-critical applications.

In addition to an operating system optimized for stability and security, the mature server solution SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for Itanium(tm) Processor Family (IPF) provides all server services relevant under Linux. Systems based on Itanium(tm) processors are designed for use with high-profile applications in the enterprise or the technology sectors that require maximum performance. This includes the management of large databases as well as complex e-commerce transactions or scientific/research applications that consume massive amounts of computing power. Deploying SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IPF, IT decision- makers benefit from tested quality and the validation/certification for leading enterprise applications by their manufacturers.

Innovation and Quality Through Collaboration with Intel on All Levels

The development of the SUSE Linux operating system for the Intel® Itanium(tm) processor family was a process that started a long time ago. Over a period of 30 months, SUSE developers and Intel engineers, who provided the latest prototypes and hardware specifications, worked on this Linux version for Itanium(tm). As a result, in May 2001 SUSE was the first Linux provider to present a Linux solution for application developers that enabled rapid ports of application software to the 64-bit platform.

"The close technological collaboration between SUSE and Intel has started more than two years ago and goes back to the early stages of Itanium Processor development," said Steve Chase, Director Business & Communication Solutions, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Intel Corp. "Through SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IPF, enterprise customers benefit from a technologically trend-setting complete solution, in which hardware and software are perfectly tuned."

"Our cooperation with Intel is based on the joint goal of providing professional users with the best solutions for mission- critical deployment," added Gerhard Burtscher, CEO of SUSE Linux AG. "We will continue to pursue this objective in the future and further intensify our joint projects."

Integrated Investment Protection Through Ongoing System Maintenance

The integrated full-service offer is a unique feature of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IPF. The release cycle of one year ensures planning security. System maintenance of at least 24 months guarantees long-term investment security and ensures the operating system is always secure, up to date, and stable. SuSE regularly notifies users by e-mail and offers tested patches, fixes, and updates available via the SUSE Maintenance Web. Additionally, SUSE offers its customers free quarterly update CDs containing all important improvements and assistance for the installation of the patches, fixes, and updates.

Intelligent Tools for Complex System Applications

The Logical Volume Manager, the journaling file system ReiserFS, and Large File System Support comprise part of the package that forms the optimum platform for mission-critical e-business transactions. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IPF is based on kernel 2.4.7 and the program library glibc 2.2.4 and includes XFree86 4.0.3.

RAID support provides reliable protection against loss of data. Up to 16 terabytes of main memory-support makes SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IPF the operating system of choice for the implementation of high-profile applications.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for Itanium(tm) Processor Family contains 2 CDs, a manual, and a developer's kit with more than 1,300 applications on 6 CDs. The product price includes 30 days of installation support and system maintenance for 12 months. SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IPF can now be obtained from SUSE and SuSE Linux Partners.

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