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Novell Introduces New Virtualization Solution Optimized for Intel Technology


Novell and Intel collaborate to deliver first Xen-enabled Linux enterprise solution and drive virtualized Linux solution deployments

NEW YORK (InfoWorld Virtualization Executive Forum)—25 Sep 2006—Novell today announced the industry’s first enterprise Linux-based virtualization solution built on Xen*, optimized for Intel* Virtualization Technology. SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell® running on Dual-Core Intel Xeon* platforms will provide customers with a low-cost, high-performing virtualization solution that has the ability to host Linux* environments without the need to modify the guest operating systems. With the integration of Intel Virtualization Technology within Xen, Novell also announced plans to offer enterprise support for virtualized SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and Red Hat* Enterprise Linux 4 running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, allowing Red Hat customers to migrate to Novell service and support while still running Red Hat Enterprise Linux in a virtualized environment.

“Being first to provide Xen virtualization with enterprise Linux means our customers will be first to reap the benefits of running virtualized Linux platforms, including Red Hat, on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10,” said Jeff Jaffe, Novell executive vice president and chief technology officer. “This cross-platform approach to virtualization means both Novell and Red Hat customers will be able to take advantage of the cost and flexibility benefits of virtualization at a fraction of the cost of existing virtualization solutions.”

Doug Fisher, Intel general manager, Core Software Division, said, “Intel and Novell have worked extensively together to deliver an enterprise-ready virtualization solution based on Xen. With Intel Virtualization Technology, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 will virtualize data center workloads on Linux environments with very low overhead and high performance, providing customers the ability to configure applications and systems for maximum efficiency.”
Enterprise Support for Virtualization

Novell will support Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 with Intel Virtualization Technology, up through and including Level 3 (or core engineering) support. That means Novell will provide technical support for the Xen hypervisor if a customer uncovers an issue running a virtual instance of Red Hat Linux and that issue is not reproducible in a native, or non-virtualized, environment. If the customer runs a virtual SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 or 10 instance, Novell will offer Level 3 support for the host operating system, the Xen hypervisor and the guest operating system. In addition, Intel and Novell will work together to fix all issues which are related to the hypervisor and Intel VT hardware.

Mary Hubley, Gartner research director, said, “Many customers are currently choosing virtualization to realize benefits from reduced hardware complexity and improved manageability and to capitalize on the hardware improvements in availability, reliability and scalability.”**

SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 is the next-generation platform for the open enterprise, and it is the first enterprise Linux distribution to include Xen. It includes SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, providing a secure and reliable foundation for enterprise computing from the desktop to the data center.

Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) provides hardware-assist to virtualization software (VMM) reducing the need of VMM intervention with complex, compute intensive software translations. Intel has been shipping server and client processors with Intel VT since November 2005. Intel VT is the first instantiation of a multi-generational roadmap of increasingly powerful enhancements to Intel platforms that is expected to provide multiple levels of protection for virtual access of the entire platform resources: CPU, memory and I/O resources.

Novell will begin a pilot program in late October with several large enterprise customers. General availability of this solution is expected by the end of the year. Servers featuring Dual-Core Intel Xeon platforms to run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 virtualization are now available through all major OEMs.

To bring this virtualization solution to market, Novell and Intel are collaborating on Novell’s “Your Linux is ready” marketing campaign. For more information, visit

Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks and Software for the Open Enterprise is a trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

** “Virtualizing x86 Servers Means More Than Just the Hypervisors and VMMs,” Mary I. Hubley, Gartner, Aug. 22, 2006.


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