Workgroup’s Novell division has announced that Novell’s development plans for the next generation of its enterprise Linux platform, SUSE Linux Enterprise 11.

Touted by Novell as the best engineered and most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing, SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 will be designed to form the heart of the modern IT organisation, providing a foundation for mission-critical workloads across the enterprise by leveraging new technologies for server virtualisation, consolidation and appliances.
This is according to Sally Berimbau, Novell product manager at Workgroup who says that customers will be able to experience new levels of flexibility, efficiency and agility, regardless of whether they deploy SUSE Linux Enterprise directly on the hardware or as a virtual machine guest.
“SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 will be a key component in Novell’s efforts to harmoniously integrate mixed-IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one,” says Berimbau.
“As a complete desktop-to-data centre platform, SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 is planned to offer a variety of products designed for use across the enterprise, from edge and infrastructure servers, to highly available data centre and real-time servers, to desktops in thick- and thin-client modes and technical workstations.
“In addition, Novell plans to make SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 available as an appliance, supported by a new toolset designed to quickly and painlessly build specialised images.”
A new embedded version of SUSE Linux Enterprise is also planned so independent hardware vendors (IHVs) can embed virtualisation and operating systems directly in their hardware. Novell also plans to deliver optimised versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise for specific independent software vendor (ISV) stacks.
Moreover, planned investments in new desktop virtualisation technology will decouple end users’ computing environments from the underlying hardware and allow them to work anywhere, anytime.
SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 will focus on innovation in the following areas:
* Mission-critical data centre technologies: Version 11 plans to introduce new features to support appliance development and low-latency computing, along with support for high availability and advanced interconnects like Infiniband.
* Unix migration: To eliminate the expensive lock-in that comes with traditional UNIX installations, customers are migrating to Linux on multiple hardware platforms. Version 11 will focus on meting or exceeding performance benchmark of Solaris and providing the best toolsets and features from the kernel on up.
* Virtualisation: The traditional concept of the OS is being redefined as virtualisation delivers new levels of efficiency, flexibility and agility to the IT manager. Novell plans to leverage the latest in Xen technologies in SUSE 11 to deliver virtualisation in multiple formats, both directly as a component of the OS and also as a stand-alone or embedded virtualisation platform.
* Interoperability: Version 11 is expected to deliver high levels of interoperability with new solutions for Windows optimisation, including advances in support for Windows Server 2008 virtual guests, systems management and rich Internet application support.
* Green IT: Customers are actively seeking to decrease energy consumption by reducing the number of servers through virtualisation. The combination of virtualisation and new power management capabilities for chips and disk drives should enable customers to reduce their server footprint and substantially lower the cost of running their data centres.