SAP and Intel , the world’s biggest makers of business software and microchips, will jointly offer servers pre-packaged with SAP software aimed at medium-sized firms, the two companies said.
SAP aims to provide customers with a 45% savings on implementation and a 25% savings on total cost of ownership over what they’d typically spend for a comparable hardware/software combo, said Jans Peter Klaey, president of global SME at SAP, in an interview.
The server is available in five Northern European countries and should reach 20 countries this year.
=> SAP, Intel to offer out-of-the-box servers for SME’s
Yet another computer vendor started to support Linux on Desktop.
Now, Lenovo is finally joining Dell as one of the first top-tier PC vendors to offer pre-installed Linux desktops to its customers. On Aug-07-2007, Lenovo and Novell announced an agreement to provide preloaded Linux on Lenovo ThinkPad notebook PCs and to provide support from Lenovo for the operating system. The companies will offer SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 from Novell to commercial customers on Lenovo notebooks including those in the popular ThinkPad T Series, a class of notebooks aimed at typical business users, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2007. The ThinkPad notebooks with the Linux-preload will also be available for purchase by individual customers.
PC vendor Lenovo has promised ThinkPads with pre-installed Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 for some time now. Lenovo will deliver the goods the week of Jan. 14.
Lenovo will release pre-installed SLED 10 on its Intel Centrino processor-powered ThinkPad T61 and R61 14-inch-wide notebooks. In February, Lenovo’s pre-integrated Novell Linux offering will expand to include some Penryn-based ThinkPads.
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Arun Singh shows us how to create shared storage on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 using OCFS2 (Oracle Cluster File System v2 for shared storage) and Xen Virtualization technology. Enterprise grade shared storage can cost you lots of money but here no real expensive shared storage used. The information provided here works with real shared storage as well:
This paper is to help you to understand the steps involved in creating shared storage without using expensive shared storage. Using this information you can create shared storage used by all xen guest OS and Host, avoiding copying of files between guest OS’s. Hope you will find this paper useful.
You can easily port instructions to Redhat or any other Linux distro without a problem. You can also use Redhat’s Global File System (GFS) too. We often use Fibre Channel or iSCSI, devices for GFS shared storage.
Creating shared storage on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 using Xen and OCFS2 [novell.com]
On a related note there is also article about creating a highly available VMware Server environment on a Debian Etch system.
Looking for bug fixes and performance improvements, Novell is offering first service pack. I’ve noticed boot speed and other speed improvements. My office presentation laptop has Suse Linux and I’ve update the same :)
SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 and Virtual Machine Driver Pack contain several innovations, many of which came from direct collaboration with customers and partners
From the official press release:
Novell today announced that the first service pack (SP1) for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 is now available to customers worldwide. Featuring significant enhancements in virtualization, high-performance computing, security, interoperability and system management, SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 from Novell® lets organizations take advantage of the latest technical advances in the best-engineered, lowest-cost and most-interoperable platform for mission-critical computing.
Service Pack 1 Enhancements
- Enhanced virtualization support and management
- Updated high-availability storage infrastructure
- Support for new processor technologies, including Quad-Core Intel Xeon and Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors.
- Enhanced security features
- Audit subsystem enrichment
- Support for Novell Open Enterprise Server 2.
Download Novell enterprise Linux service pack 1 – SP1 – ISO image