Feeds

SuSE wins HP server gig

Big Deal

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

HP is to start offering Intel Proliant servers pre-installed with SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8. It will also offer the operating system with Itanium 2 servers and it has named SuSE as a preferred supplier.

The two companies have been working together for five years, so what's new? For starters there will be a single point of purchase, support and maintenance for SuSE on Proliant. And the two companies are working on extending a similar seamless service for Itanium 2.

HP is the world's biggest supplier of Linux systems, according to IDC, and Linux server sales are growing fast. So this is a big deal for SuSE, especially in its European heartland. Red Hat still rules the US waves.

SuSE refers to its enterprise distro as "SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8, powered by UnitedLinux". Yesterday, we referred to the four consortium members of UnitedLinux as "Linux distro wannabes, hasbeens and neverweres". We should have added: "and SuSE". It would have saved a lot of you from penning emails to us.

Clearly, enterprise vendors need a strong alternative to Red Hat, to keep this company, if nothing else, on its toes. And clearly, the Linux community needs a strong counterweight to ensure that Red Hat does not stray off the interoperability path.

But is this UnitedLinux? It takes a great deal of effort to ensure that any consortium is not weaker than the sum of its parts. And any Linux consortium with SCO as a member must be considered as inherently unstable.

Today's HP announcement shows that SuSE solo is the no.1 contender to Red Hat. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz
Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes
AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC
Support for PCoIP protocol means zero clients can run cloudy desktops
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.