Why SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is a good idea

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server provides the perfect foundation to reduce costs, manage complexity and mitigate risk—allowing you to leverage and extend existing IT investments for your customers.

SUSE Linux Enterprise is a leading enterprise Linux distribution in data centers today and it also is the right choice for building integrated systems. Discover what you get when you combine your industry expertise with the proven capabilities of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Here are the key reasons why SUSE Linux Enterprise does the job better:

  • Worldwide Maintenance and Support Services. More ›
  • Guaranteed product lifecycle and roadmap
    • Code Maintenance: SUSE provides up to 7 years proactive code maintenance for each major release and corresponding service packs. During this time SUSE also offers migration paths in order to upgrade from lower to higher release numbers.
    • Support lifecycle: SUSE provides free and unlimited self-service tools like the Forums and the Support Knowledgebase, which are available for 10 years per major release. For an additional cost, SUSE provides 7 years of active add-on support service.
    • Roadmap: A release cycle of 24 months for major releases and release cycles of around 6-8 months between service pack releases make SUSE Linux Enterprise Server rollouts and upgrades easier to plan.
  • Market-leading hardware and software certifications. More ›
  • Fulfills highest security requirements
    • Common Criteria Certification—EAL 4+: SUSE, in cooperation with its partners, has received Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as part of a Common Criteria Certification. That signifies that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server can be set up in a way that meets the highest security requirements of organizations like governmental defense departments.
    • Audit subsystem: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server comes with a built-in audit framework, which provides a CAPP-compliant (Controlled Access Protection Profiles) auditing system that reliably collects information about any security-related events. This meets the strictest governmental security standards and industry requirements.
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server—Firewall: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server protects networks from external attacks with a so-called "stateful" firewall.
  • Best interoperability and connectivity in the market
    • Recommended by Microsoft: Microsoft recommends SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to customers who run Windows and Linux together. They work closely with SUSE to ensure that joint customers have optimized, fully supported Linux and Windows solutions. This Linux/Windows interoperability is key to a more efficient data center.
    • Identity Federation: Businesses with mixed Linux and Windows environments often require that users on the Windows side have access to resources on the Linux side, and vice versa. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server includes Samba, an open source implementation of the Server Message Block (SMB) networking protocol that supports commonly used directory and domain infrastructures. This includes eDirectory™, Microsoft Active Directory and Domains, and openLDAP.
    • Interoperability with UNIX systems: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server also works well with traditional UNIX environments. POSIX is a family of specifications and standards for user and software interfaces to an operating system. As a POSIX-compliant OS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is compatible with other POSIX-compliant UNIX variants, such as Solaris, AIX, and HP-UX.
    • Manageable from a Microsoft Environment: With the SUSE Linux Enterprise Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, you gain the ability to monitor Microsoft Windows Servers and SUSE Linux Enterprise Servers from a single console, giving you the best Linux management experience in a Windows environment.
  • Covered by the Novell Technology Assurance Program
    • Novell Indemnification Program: This program makes SUSE products safe, viable options for your business. Indemnification is offered for copyright, patent, trade secret or trademark-infringement claims made by third parties against SUSE customers.
    • Novell's Agreement with Microsoft: Under the Novell and Microsoft patent cooperation agreement, when you buy any SUSE products—whether Linux-based or proprietary—you receive a patent covenant not to sue from Microsoft. Microsoft's covenant not to sue a SUSE customer applies to a SUSE offering independent of the channel of distribution and licensing terms, and whether any code is covered by GPLv2 or GPLv3.

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