Suse Linux in virtualisation and high availability boost

Novell has promised to bolster virtualisation, clustering, and desktop capabilities in its Suse Linux product family, with the unveiling of a comprehensive service pack.

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Novell has promised to bolster virtualisation, clustering, and desktop capabilities in its Suse Linux product family, with the unveiling of a comprehensive service pack.

Available from 2 June, the Suse Linux Enterprise 11 SP1 (Service Pack 1) is optimised for IT infrastructures, including physical, virtual, and cloud, Novell said. The service pack contains upgrades to the following Suse Linux Enterprise products: Server, Desktop, High Availability Extension, Point of Service, and Virtual Machine Driver Pack.

The service pack offers the updated 2.6.32 Linux kernel, which takes advantage of RAS (Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability) capabilities in Intel's Xeon 7500 and 5600 processor series, such as MCA (Machine Check Architecture) recovery and improved MPIO (Multipath IO) hardware support.

MCA allows recovery from uncorrectable memory errors that typically would bring down a server, said Michael Applebaum, Novell senior solutions marketing manager.

New support also is featured for floating point and crytopgrahic features, offering better performance and security, Novell said.

Virtualisation enhancements in the service pack provide Suse Linux with latest the Xen 4.0 hypervisor with improved virtual input/output performance. Support is featured for KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) open source virtualisation. Also included are Linux integration components in Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor.

"We worked with Microsoft among other partners to optimize Suse Enterprise Server as a guest on Hyper-V," Applebaum said. Suse Linux, he said, "will be the highest performing guest OS on Hyper-V."

Xen 4.0 helps with high-performing and mission-critical environments, Applebaum said. "We deliver [Xen 4.0] as an integral part of the OS," Applebaum said.

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