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SUSE updates Linux control freak

SUSE Linux, the division of software conglomerate Attachmate that develops and sells the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server distribution of Linux, is hosting its SUSECon user and developer conference this week in Orlando, Florida and is using the occasion to launch SUSE Manager 1.7, a substantial update to the Linux server control …
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Microsoft pledges Linux boost for Windows Server and Center R2 duo

Microsoft has vowed Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 will be the “best” platform for running Linux in the cloud. Microsoft shops departing from the faith and running Linux will get a “consistent” experience on a par with its beloved Windows, Redmond promised. The software giant made the pledge to persuade cloud- …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jul 2013
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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

Google is going to serve up Microsoft Windows in virtual machines on its Compute Engine service as the web giant hopes to dethrone Amazon as the king of the cloud. Support for the operating system was announced by Google on Tuesday at its Cloud Platform event in San Francisco: the search king will make Windows Server 2008 R2 …
Jack Clark, 25 Mar 2014
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Look out, world! SUSE Linux's OpenStack control-freak is loose

Commercial Linux distributor SUSE Linux is moving up into the clouds with a commercially supported release of its OpenStack cloud control-freak. SUSE Cloud, as the OpenStack distro is called, has been in preview since last October, and that particular preview build was based on the "Diablo" OpenStack 2011.3 running atop SUSE …
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SUSE Linux and Canonical invade Windows Azure

There's more to Microsoft's announcement that it will support Linux on its new Azure infrastructure cloud than sleeping with the enemy. While Red Hat Enterprise Linux is conspicuously absent from the list of supported Linuxes, the fact remains that Red Hat doesn't exactly need any help from Microsoft, and that SUSE Linux and …

SUSE Linux moves to 3.0 kernel with SP2

SUSE Linux, the commercial Linux distributor owned by software conglomerate Attachmate, is moving up to the Linux 3.0 kernel and also taking the btrfs file system mainstream alongside Linux container virtual private servers. These and other changes to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 are contained in Service Pack 2, available …

Did Linux drive supers, and can it drive corporate data centers?

Like many new technologies, the Linux operating system got its big break in high performance computing. There is a symbiotic relationship between Linux and HPC that seems natural and normal today, and the Linux Foundation, which is the steward of the Linux kernel and other important open source projects – and, importantly, the …
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SUSE previews OpenStack-SLES cloud

Commercial Linux distributor SUSE, which was taken private by Attachmate back in April and split from former owner Novell, wants to do for OpenStack what it did for Linux. It is also what everybody else in the OpenStack cloud fabric camp seems to want to do: make some money selling support for OpenStack. The idea worked for …
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SUSE Linux hitches ride on enemy hypervisor

Strange bedfellows VMware and Novell have officially released SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware, a version of Novell's open source OS that piggybacks on every copy of VMware's vSphere hypervisor. In June, VMware and Novell told the world they had agreed to an OEM deal that would see VMware distribute SUSE Linux with …
Cade Metz, 01 Sep 2010
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IBM expands Penguin-loving Power server lineup

Big Blue is adding to its Linux-only Power Systems server line, including a four-socket machine based on its Power7+ processors. These PowerLinux machines have a lower cost than plain vanilla Power Systems machines that are capable of also running its AIX Unix or IBM i proprietary operating system as well as Linux. IBM is also …
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Novell rolls up last service pack for SUSE Linux 10

Novell has grabbed all the latest snippets of code suitable for patching up its SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 operating system and rolled them into Service Pack 4. This is the last Service Pack planned for version 10 of the desktop and server platform. SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, in desktop and server editions, was launched in July …

Amazon chops EC2 virty server prices – again

The dance of Cloudy Server Limbo continues, with Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing subsidiary of e-tailing giant Amazon.com, lowering the broomstick a little closer to the floor and dancing under it with lower EC2 compute-cloud prices. Specifically, on Tuesday AWS cut prices on compute capacity that customers reserve …
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Microsoft kicks SUSE another $100m

The SUSE division of Attachmate has managed to talk Microsoft into shelling out another chunk of change – $100m – to help prop up SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, the Linux distro formerly controlled by Novell, and to help drive Red Hat's rival distro from Windows shops. This is the third reseller agreement that Microsoft has inked …
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SUSE Studio spins up on IBM mainframes

The SUSE division of legacy-loving conglomerate Attachmate is updating its SUSE Studio software appliance toolkit to help it maintain its dominance at IBM mainframe shops that run Linux on those machines. In the wake of the acquisition of Novell by Attachmate back in May, SUSE was split off as a separate division and its …
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IBM taps Red Hat for cut-throat priced Linux on big supers

Big Blue is going to Red Hat for a Linux environment for its largest supercomputers, and it is mothballing its own LoadLeveler workload manager for x86 clusters in favor of the Platform LSF control freak that it acquired a little more than a year ago. It is no surprise that IBM has chosen Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 as the Linux …
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Lenovo ships first US-designed server

Sino-American server maker Lenovo Group established its Enterprise Product Group last week to design servers for itself and for OEM partners like EMC, and now the first product designed by EPG – the ThinkServer TD330. No, it is not a funky box aimed at hyperscale data centers, but a low-cost Xeon E5 tower server aimed at SMBs. …
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Novell and HP wave SUSE x64 cluster deal

Systems software maker Novell has announced today a special deal for customers building clusters with its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. If you cluster servers with the company's High Availability Extensions, you get those extensions for free. There's all sorts of other gimmes too, and the deal runs through June this year. This …
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Novell preps service pack for SUSE Linux 11

Novell is close to launching Service Pack 1 for SUSE Linux 11 on the desktop and server. Which stands to reason. With all the new server iron being injected into the market, (and more to come later this year) and an impending release of Enterprise Linux 6 from Red Hat and the just-released Ubuntu 10.04 from Canonical, commercial …
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SUSE Linux 11 gets first service pack

Commercial Linux distributor Novell is hoping that the delivery of the first service pack update for its SUSE Linux 11 operating system for servers and desktops will give the software a bump. And not just because SP1 has support for lots of new hardware. According to Kerry Kim, senior product marketing manager at Novell in …
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Canonical takes the Ubuntu Server pulse

Commercial Linux distributor Canonical has released its third annual survey of the Ubuntu Server installed base to show what is going on out there among the Shuttleworth faithful. The survey comes just as Canonical is getting ready to put its next big server release into the field in April. Depending on how you slice up the …

ScaleMP: Use RAM plus vSMP, not flash, to boost server performance

There are hypervisors that chop a single server into virtual bits, and other hypervisors that take multiple servers and make them look like one big virtual one. ScaleMP's vSMP hypervisor is the latter kind, and can be used to create a shared memory x86-based system that runs Linux that would normally require special processors …
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Novell kicks out SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

Commercial Linux distributor Novell today takes the wraps off SUSE Linux 11, its riff on Linux for servers and desktops that now sports a commercially supported extension for the Mono runtime environment and a variant that provides high availability clustering of servers. The Mono Extension to SUSE Linux is the first time that …
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NetWare-Linux love child turned up to 11

Novell and SUSE Linux may technically be separate companies, but they are owned by the same Attachmate conglomerate and they still have to work together on specific products, such as Open Enterprise Server, which bolts NetWare print and file services to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. In the wake of buying Novell for $2.2bn back …
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IBM lets fly single-socket Power7 Penguin server

Big Blue has launched a third Power-powered Penguin box and pitched it against x86 server rivals. The machine, called the PowerLinux 7R1, is a single-socket machine that complements the two-socket PowerLinux 7R2 rack and tower server, and the Flex System p24L half-width node for PureSystem modular servers. Back in April IBM …
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Fine print: Dell bod tells us the details of Fluid Cache for SAN

Fluid Cache for SAN is Dell’s technology to integrate server PCIe flash cards and networked SAN storage. We talked to Bob Fine, director of product marketing at Compellent to find out more about how it works. El Reg: Is Compellent's Storage Center (Data Progression functionality) loading data into the connected server's PCIe …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
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Novell SUSE appliance toolkit hugs Amazon EC2

Novell might not be sure about what it wants to do with itself, but the company has been pretty clear what it wants you to do with its products. It wants to build virtual software appliances with all kinds of software stacks running inside of virtual machines and atop its SUSE Linux Enterprise distro. Today, Novell spins up the …
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Dell bends shiny server linings for denser clouds

You can only cram so much stuff into a chassis that is two rack units high, and so server maker Dell is shifting to a 4U chassis for its latest "Zeus" PowerEdge C8000 design. The new Zeus chassis is designed from the ground up to pack more CPUs, coprocessors, and storage into a 4U space than Dell was able to get into two 2U …
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Novell paints Red Hat Linux manager green

The quickest way to build a commercial Linux business is to clone whatever Red Hat does. That's what Oracle and CentOS do with their Enterprise Linux redistributions and accompanying paid-for support offerings, and it is now what Novell is doing with a "new" product called SUSE Manager. With SUSE Manager, announced today, Novell …

Panasas: We'll move the earth for you SIXTEEN times faster than FTP

HPC storage supplier Panasas says its DataRunner transfer software can move files between systems and sites up to 16 times faster than standard network transfer protocols, such as FTP and rsync. Panasas' CMO Barbara Murphy said in a canned quote: “DataRunner assures high-speed, secure data movement while maintaining up to 100 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2013

Acer racks up Xeon E5s, picks fight with US server bad boys

It has been a while since Taiwanese server and PC maker Acer has made some noise in the server racket, but the company is plodding along after planting its seeds on United States soil in February 2011 with a revamping of its Xeon-based servers. Acer targeted Europe first – back in March 2010 – as the flag bearer for Advanced …

Unisys to forge new Xeon iron with homegrown s-Par partitioning

Mainframe maker Unisys is going to take another run at being an x86 system provider, and has just announced a partnership with Intel to bring some of its ClearPath mainframe goodies to a line of Xeon servers that will be launched later this year. Unisys was formed decades ago from the merger of mainframe makers Sperry and …
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Big Blue trots out Xeon E5-2600 server lineup

IBM announced a passel of shiny new x86 iron this week, all built around Intel's two-socket Xeon E5-2600 chip, which formally debuted on Tuesday – although select customers such as Big Blue have been fiddling with that server chip for months. IBM generates a lot of its revenues and profits in hardware and software from mainframe …
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Novell takes SuSE Enterprise Linux to the next kernel

Novell has taken the lead position in the kernel wars, beating out rival Red Hat with a new server operating system based on the latest Linux version. Novell today delivered SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, which uses the 2.6 Linux kernel. The operating system also ships with the JBoss application server and support for a host …
Ashlee Vance, 04 Aug 2004
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Platform kicks out HPC Enterprise Edition

Platform Computing may have rejiggered its grid and workload management software so it can be used to manage clouds of virtualized servers or clusters running latency-sensitive financial services applications, but it has not forgotten its roots in high performance computing. And today Platform is whipping up a more extended set …
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SUSE 11 takes off faster than 10

Novell kicked out its SUSE Linux 11 release at the end of March, so it's now time to ask how it's doing. The answer: better than SUSE Linux 10. But still not enough to close the substantial installed base and revenue gap that exists between number one Red Hat Enterprise Linux and number two SUSE Linux Enterprise Server in the …

How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

Before the internet, local area networks were the big thing. A company called Novell was the first to exploit the trend for connecting systems, ultimately becoming "the LAN king" with its NetWare server operating system. There were alternatives to Novell and NetWare in the 1990s - 3Com’s 3+Share, for example – but such was its …
Liam Proven, 16 Jul 2013
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IBM tosses in freebie Linux with Power servers

IBM has been hoping for years that Linux would drive new workloads on Power-based systems where OS/400-i platforms are the back-end systems – just as Linux-based partitions have, to a certain extent, been the salvation of the System z mainframe. It is hard to say for sure how much traction Linux has with OS/400 and i shops – or …
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IBM gooses Flex modular systems with Power7+, double-stuffed Xeon E5

Big Blue is hoping to compete better with the very dense blade and modular server designs available from HP, Dell, Silicon Graphics, Super Micro, and a few others with a new twin Flex System node that sandwiches two servers into a single slot. In addition, IBM is rolling out new Power7+ nodes for the Flex System, addressing the …
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Red Hat: We do clouds at one third the cost of VMware

The annual Red Hat Summit is underway in Boston this week, and the cloud is at the center of everything that Shadowman is doing these days. Like everyone else peddling IT products, Red Hat is hoping to catch its next wave of growth from the move to clouds, but as we all know, there will be more losers than winners in this next …

IBM giving SuSE Enterprise Linux away

IBM has put on a clean, white glove and given a slap to both Intel's Itanic chip and SCO. It has started a new Linux giveaway program for customers ready to purchase a pSeries Unix server. Those customers willing to pick up some fresh hardware (up to four processors) can receive a free license for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 …
Ashlee Vance, 22 Jul 2003

SuSE wins HP server gig

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 …
Drew Cullen, 26 Jun 2003
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Upstart $3bn forex trader dumps Oracle JVM for Azul's Zing

Financial services companies were among the early and enthusiastic adopters of Java - but the jittery Java virtual machines from Oracle and IBM (and others before Oracle ate them) have been a pain for some. Azul Systems is hoping to cash in on that grief among big banks, brokerages, high frequency traders, and others in similar …
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Novell stacks Linux and Mono for mainframes

When IBM announced its Linux-only Enterprise Linux Server variants of the System z mainframe two weeks ago, what the company did not say is that software partner Novell had cooked up software bundles specifically for these boxes. IBM has 100 per cent share of the IBM-compatible mainframe market at this point, and Linux is one of …
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Lenovo slips into jam-packed SMB server market

Chinese computer maker Lenovo is bigging up its newfound love for all things server-shaped with today’s announcement about its new ThinkServer product line. The company inked a licensing agreement with IBM at the start of this year to make and sell a range of x86 servers. At the time Lenovo was clearly making a play for the …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Sep 2008
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IBM forges NextScale servers for HPC and hyperscale cheapskates

Concurrent with Intel's launch of the "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors in San Francisco today, Big Blue trotted out its most vanity-free machines to date, the NextScale line. The new systems are designed specifically to compete with low-cost, stripped down alternatives from Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Silicon Graphics, and …
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HP adds 'Haswell' Xeon E3s to entry ProLiant servers

CEO Meg Whitman said last month that HP knew it has some competitive weakness at the low-end of its x86 server line that rivals were exploiting, and at its Discover customer and partner shindig in Las Vegas this week, the company is rolling out three new entry servers that will help the company compete better against a very …
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IBM juices Power7 chips for midrange workhorse server

Almost precisely a year ago, IBM began the rollout of its Power7-based blade servers in the wake of Intel's Xeon 5600 and 7500 processor launches. And Big Blue is counterpunching Intel on blades and midrange machines again, with an expanded Power Systems blade server lineup and a speed bump for its workhorse Power 750 box. The …

HP preps Project Kraken for monster HANA in-memory jobs

HP has revealed a little more about its "Project Kraken" in-memory system that it is cooking up in conjunction with the engineers at SAP. It's talking about a future in which there are lots of scale-out servers like its Project Moonshot systems and big-memory systems like Kraken on the other end of the spectrum – with not as …
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Windows Server pushed to the super limit

Server maker Silicon Graphics doesn't think it can take on the entire Windows server market, but the company – which is best known for supercomputers and hyperscale rack servers – does think it can chase and win deals in the evolving HPC market for windows. That is why it has certified Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 R2 on its …
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IBM punts Linux-only mainframes

It's nearly a year before the next generation of mainframes is expected from IBM, and that means the marketing and sales people are going to have to get clever about packaging and pricing to peddle more MIPS. That is what the new Linux-only, mainframe-based Enterprise Linux Server is mostly about. IBM has been selling Linux on …