Novell Outlines Enhancements in SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Service Pack 1


Public Beta Now Available, With Significant Improvements in Virtualization, High-Performance Computing, Desktop Usability, Security, Interoperability and System Management

SALT LAKE CITY, BrainShare® 2007, March 19 -- Novell today announced the public beta software availability of the first service pack (SP1) for SUSE® Linux Enterprise 10, with general availability scheduled for the second quarter of this year. SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 from Novell® features significant enhancements in virtualization, high-performance computing, security, interoperability and system management. With this service pack, organizations can take advantage of the latest technical advances in the best-engineered, lowest-cost and most-interoperable platform for mission-critical computing.

"The market has received SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 with open arms, and we are committed to increasing the return on their investment," said Holger Dyroff, vice president of SUSE Linux Enterprise product management for Novell. "In addition to integrating maintenance updates into SP1, we have listened to customers and added new functionality that will make it easier for them to take advantage of the benefits of enterprise Linux, as well as for hardware and software partners to ensure their products add maximum value to users."

SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 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 -- a lineup of enterprise-class solutions matched by no other Linux vendor. SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 enhancements include the following:

o Enhanced virtualization support and management. With the latest update
to the Xen hypervisor (version 3.0.4++), organizations can reduce costs
through server consolidation and improved system management. New
paravirtualized network and block device drivers will allow Microsoft
Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run unmodified in Xen virtual
environments on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 operating on Intel
Virtualization Technology and AMD Virtualization hardware. Seamless
live migration is possible for paravirtualized virtual machines across
distinct physical hosts.
o Updated high-availability storage infrastructure. Service Pack 1
includes updates to all key components of the infrastructure, including
the cluster file system, volume manager and cluster resource manager, to
ensure data integrity and availability. As a result, there is improved
support for workloads including SAP running on Oracle, DB2 and MaxDB,
as well as Web services and virtual image storage.
o Support for new processor technologies, including Quad-Core Intel Xeon
and Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. Through joint engineering with
the chip vendors, SUSE Linux Enterprise enables multiple virtual
machines to run varied data center workloads in native and Xen
virtualized environments with outstanding performance, energy efficiency
and reliability.
o Enhanced security features. The Novell AppArmor(TM) 2.0 security
framework is integrated into the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform and
now includes support for Apache Tomcat. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
now includes desktop lockdown tools, secure disk partitions and
encrypted home directories.
o Expanded OpenOffice.org support. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop now
includes the latest version of the Novell edition of OpenOffice.org
(version 2.1), including the new OpenXML/ODF translator to convert
Microsoft Word 2007 documents to OpenOffice.org, additional Visual Basic
macro support, and improved Impress presentation functionality,
including the ability to play embedded video as part of presentations.
o Desktop virtualization. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop now includes Xen
virtualization technology along with improved management and auditing
tools.
o Desktop enterprise integration technologies. SUSE Linux Enterprise
Desktop now fits more seamlessly into existing environments due to
enhancements in Microsoft Active Directory authentication and network
management, and it also now includes Firefox 2.0
o Updated desktop user experience. Improvements include redesigns to the
Novell main menu, control center, and logout and screen-saver dialogs,
and updates to the desktop effects engine. The desktop also includes new
utilities like an international clock applet and a disk space usage
utility.
o Audit subsystem enrichment. Major improvements and extensions to the
audit subsystem enable SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 to meet strict
government standards and vertical industry requirements. The updates
include modules for security certification provided by the Common
Criteria for Information Security Evaluation (CAPP EAL 4+).
o Support for Novell Open Enterprise Server 2. SUSE Linux Enterprise 10
SP1 has many new features designed to support the workgroup services in
Open Enterprise Server 2, including updates to the DNS, DHCP and LDAP
modules, as well as support for paravirtualized NetWare® 6.5

Terri Hall, vice president of Software Solutions and Alliances for AMD, said, "The public beta of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 from Novell continues their tradition of leading the market with support for new hardware technology. The enhanced virtualization capabilities in SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 take full advantage of AMD Virtualization technology, providing customers with the ability to consolidate operating environments such as NetWare 6.5 and Windows Server 2003. We look forward to the general availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1, including significant support for AMD's next-generation Quad-Core processor, code named 'Barcelona,' which will provide customers with a seamless upgrade path to new levels of performance and increased computing capabilities."

Availability

SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 beta software is now available, with general availability scheduled for May. For more information about SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 or to obtain the SP1 beta software, visit http://www.novell.com/linux

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL) delivers infrastructure software for the Open Enterprise. We are a leader in enterprise-wide operating systems based on Linux and open source and the security and systems management services required to operate mixed IT environments. We help our customers minimize cost, complexity and risk, allowing them to focus on innovation and growth. For more information, visit http://www.novell.com/

Source: Novell, Inc.

CONTACT:

Kevan Barney,
Novell,
+1-801-861-2931,
kbarney@novell.com

Amy Anderson,
SHIFT Communications,
+1-617-681-1225,
aanderson@shiftcomm.com

Web site: http://www.novell.com/

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