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SuSE preps carrier-grade enterprise OS

SuSE Linux has added a set of high-end features to SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.

Although the main target for SuSE Linux Carrier Grade Linux is telecommunications carriers, the company has also found great interest for this stronger version of its operating system in clients from other industries, such as financial institutions, said Holger Dyroff, SuSE's Americas general manager.

The existence of a carrier-grade Linux operating system that runs on Intel-based hardware gives IT shops a lower-cost option to other server platforms, particularly those based on Unix and Reduced Instruction Set Computer hardware.

SuSE Linux CGL was developed by SuSE in conjunction with hardware partners Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Intel, and follows specifications from the Open Source Development Labs' (OSDL's) Carrier Grade Linux Working Group.

The OSDL is a non-profit, independent which helps to boost Linux's enterprise and carrier-class capabilities. Its members include SuSE, HP, IBM, Intel and various providers of telecommunications equipment and services.

Below are some of the features SuSE Linux CGL adds to SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8:

  • supports inserting and removing hardware components without having to reboot the server, a practice commonly known as hot-swapping
  • supports diskless systems that load and run server-based systems and applications via networks
  • allows monitoring of the availability and proper functionality of applications
  • supports a variety of failover operations to avoid interruptions in system operations
  • supports inserting debugging software into a running system
  • supports the production, analysis and storage of kernel activity logs, which are used for debugging purposes
  • supports and provides a variety of features to enhance the performance of applications

SuSE Linux CGL is available now for servers running on hardware based on Intel's 32-bit x86 platform, and will be available for other hardware platforms later, including Intel's 64-bit Itanium, Advanced Micro Devices' 64-bit Opteron, IBM's iSeries, IBM pSeries and IBM mainframes.

SuSE has made the CGL features available for free to its customers as part of a maintenance pack. The CGL features become part of the operating system's kernel.

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 is based on the UnitedLinux operating system developed jointly by SuSE, Conectiva, The SCO Group and Turbolinux.


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