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Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00

Virtualization simplified with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Share Servers. Save Costs. Green IT Benefits.

Reduce IT Costs

Unique Subscription Policy
One subscription to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server covers all virtual images on the same physical server!

Server virtualization enables you to move from a large quantity of servers to fewer servers. This will simplify operations, lower costs of cooling and power, and reduce the size of your data center. You can also increase your server utilization by consolidating physical servers and applications, thus lowering hardware, maintenance and electrical costs. Open source operating systems such as the SUSEĀ® Linux Enterprise operating system with integrated virtualization technology let you cut costs by making minor investments in virtualization. You will reduce costs and make better use of your technologies by sharing IT resources.

Improve Performance

You don't have to trade performance for lower costs. With the Xen-based server virtualization in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, you can get a lot more from your data center. Try running Xen virtual server on low-cost commodity hardware. You will shrink your total cost of ownership to record lows. What's more, the paravirtualized drivers in the SUSE Linux Enterprise Virtual Machine Driver Pack make it easy to combine all your apps and services and run them with near native performance on virtualized servers. It's time to start asking more from those servers sitting on the racks in your data center.

Do More With Less

You do not need to pay high upfront costs to get the results you need. Take a look at Xen, the open source hypervisor that ships as an integrated part of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform. Xen hypervisor in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 is optimized to integrate seamlessly into your existing environment.

Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Get the only Microsoft-supported virtualization solution to provide joint customer support for companies that run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Windows Server 2008 in virtualized environments
  • Get supported server virtualization technologies (Xen) for productive SAP environments with Linux
  • Get support for both paravirtualization and full virtualization on the same server, leveraging both Intel VT and AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) processor capabilities

Management tools make this easy on your whole IT staff. You can easily move from old to new servers when new hardware becomes available or business conditions change. Use the fully graphical and command-line virtual machine management tools for easy virtual machine (VM) administration and configuration. And tools for VM installation and lifecycle management will also minimize the impact on your staff.

And if you've already started down the enterprise virtualization path and selected a hypervisor, rest assured that Novell technology will work with any hypervisor you choose. In fact, SUSE Linux Enterprise is the only Linux operating system that has been optimized to be the perfect guest on all major hypervisors, including VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V and Xen.

What's New

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 includes a faster and more scalable Xen 3.3.1 hypervisor:

  • Better scalability, performance and security due to Xen architectural improvements
  • Enhanced power management
  • Improved graphical capabilities
  • CPU portability for more flexibility of heterogeneous environments: move active virtual machines from one server to another independent of various CPU
  • Optional open source VM management tool included

In addition, we offer you a technical preview of KVM. And we offer a unique subscription policy: one subscription to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server covers all virtual images on the same physical server. Enterprise virtualization has never been more affordable.

Comprehensive Technologies Support

We understand you have to deal with a variety of technologies in your data center. We've made it easy for everything to work together. Novell technology will seamlessly integrate into your mixed environment. SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 with Xen hypervisor fully supports:

  • Paravirtualization as a modified virtual machine operating system on top of Xen-enabled SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1 / SP2
    • NetWare 6.5 SP7+ (as part of Novell Open Enterprise Server 2)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Full virtualization as unmodified virtual machine operating systems using Intel VT or AMD-V chipsets
    • Microsoft Windows, including MS Windows 2000, 2003 and XP
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP3 and SP4
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5

As part of the interoperability agreement with Microsoft, Novell and Microsoft jointly support:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to run as an enlightened guest on Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 to run as an paravirtualized guest on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Contact us for more information about SUSE Linux Enterprise virtualization on a Xen virtual server.

About Deployment Specialists

Deployment Specialists, Inc. offers a range of products and services with the specialization in rapid deployment methodologies for systems based on SuSE Linux, Novell Netware, and Microsoft Windows. The use of rapid deployment technology dramatically decreases deployment time and costs. Core practice areas for rapid deployment include application software deployment, server and desktop virtualization, application virtualization,server and desktop imaging, and environmentally friendly green technology migrations. Deployment Specialists can be reached at 972-535-6450 or via their website at .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 11:25