Novell makes it easier to use Linux on IBM mainframes

Antony Savvas

Novell is making it easier to start using Linux on IBM System z mainframes with a new starter pack.

Novell has launched SuSE Linux Enterprise Server Starter System for System z, a pre-built installation server that simplifies the installation of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server on IBM's System z mainframes.

The starter system eliminates the need for IT managers to search for network access to installation media on the mainframe. With the new Starter System for System z, customers can quickly initiate evaluations of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z, said Novell.

Carol Stafford, vice-president of worldwide System z sales at IBM, said, "This starter kit is a great example of the many ways IBM is expanding mainframe compatibility and ease-of-use features.

"Novell's Starter System for System z helps Linux customers quickly maximise the mainframe's high reliability and scalability for mixed workloads."

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