Novell also announced the commercial availability of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Virtual Machine Driver Pack, a bundle of paravirtualized network, bus and block device drivers that enable unmodified Windows and Linux guest operating systems to run with near native performance in virtual environments created with the Xen hypervisor technology integrated in SUSE Linux Enterprise and Intel Virtualization Technology and AMD Virtualization hardware.
SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 enhancements include enhanced virtualization support and management, updated high-availability storage infrastructure and support for new processor technologies, including Quad-Core Intel Xeon and Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. It also has enhanced security features, audit subsystem enrichment and support for Novell Open Enterprise Server 2. For the desktop, SP1 features expanded OpenOffice.org support and an updated desktop user experience, along with a desktop virtualization technology preview and advances in enterprise integration capabilities.
With the release of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Virtual Machine Driver Pack, Novell becomes the first vendor to offer a supported solution for Xen virtual machine guests. The driver pack brings the performance benefits of paravirtualization and enterprise-level support to a wider range of fully virtualized workloads, giving customers more choice and flexibility and enabling them to run legacy applications on newer, more powerful, energy-efficient hardware.
The next-generation platform for the open enterprise, SUSE Linux Enterprise is the best-engineered, lowest-cost and most interoperable platform for enterprise computing, from the desktop to the data centre. For more information about SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 and the Virtual Machine Driver Pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, including pricing, subscription and support options, visit www.novell.com/linux. [June 20, 2007]
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