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SUSE® LINUX Enterprise Server 9 empowers businesses to leverage Linux*
and open source by delivering a scalable, high-performance foundation
for secure enterprise computing. Built for reliability, it offers
comprehensive functionality to power today's networks and meet user
demands. SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server also supports a broad range
of hardware platforms and leading software applications.
Today's business challenges
Our increasingly networked world creates new opportunities for organizations
of all kinds to reach out to their customers, clients and constituents
to deliver goods, services and information more efficiently. But the
networked world also presents complex technical and business challenges.
Customers face a series of tough questions:
||Security-How can we protect our corporate assets
and information while still letting customers, partners and
suppliers into the network?
|| Integration-In a world where knowledge is a
competitive advantage, how can we leverage our information more
effectively, especially when it's isolated in older systems
or distributed across multiple applications and locations?
||Management-How can we effectively manage a networking
environment that includes our own systems and complex interactions
with our partners' systems, as well as a complicated mix of
different applications, platforms and databases that were not
designed to work together?
||Flexibility-How can we maintain flexibility in
today's rapidly changing technology world so the decisions we
make today don't create limitations and barriers in the future?
||Cost-How can we resolve all of these issues cost
Novell, together with Linux*, offers solutions to address these business
opportunities and challenges. The cost-effectiveness and flexibility
of Linux, combined with Novell's delivery of solid products and solutions
backed by a strong support ecosystem, make Novell the best choice
among Linux software vendors.
Unlocking the full potential of
remarkable potential of Linux has become obvious to anyone who is
paying attention. Industry experts and analysts agree that Linux represents
the next major disruptive technology in our industry, and many businesses
are looking to expand their use of Linux and open-source technology
in mission-critical environments. In 2003, sales of Linux servers
rose 48 percent, while sales of Windows servers grew only 11 percent&134;.
Linux is generating this kind of interest, excitement and momentum
because it solves several of the critical challenges customers face
today. It provides unprecedented choice and flexibility and allows
businesses to avoid dependence on a single proprietary vendor. It
helps businesses deliver more efficient services and respond more
quickly to their customers. It gives businesses new options for lowering
costs. And the open-source model, combined with open standards, makes
it easy to add new services and capabilities to aging systems-rather
than tearing them out and replacing them.
These are compelling advantages. But before Linux can become a viable
choice for businesses, it must prove it can deliver the same levels
of service, stability and support as proprietary solutions-complete
with an effective training and certification ecosystem, viable consulting
options, and proven enterprise-ready services and applications.
Novell - making Linux viable
for the enterprise
Novell is bringing all of these critical elements to a Linux environment:
for security, management and integration, Novell provides identity-
and resource-management tools and Web services. With its SUSE® LINUX
and NetWare® platforms, Novell provides robust, scalable and flexible
infrastructure on which organizations can build their networks. Further
distinguishing Novell from competitors is its unmatched technical
support, training, consulting, indemnification and extended partner
programs. With hundreds of software engineers, support technicians
and consultants dedicated to Linux and open source, Novell demonstrates
its total commitment to delivering a complete stack of Linux business
solutions-and removing the barriers that may prevent businesses from
adopting Linux more aggressively.
With Novell, businesses can finally deploy Linux and open source with
complete confidence. Here are some of the major reasons:
Building confidence with product
Quality is a key consideration for every IT buyer. A high level of
quality ensures compatibility with preferred hardware and software,
eases the administrative burdens on IT support staffs and minimizes
Quality is always the primary goal for Novell Linux products, and
this commitment is apparent in the way we build, package, update and
support our software. All SUSE LINUX-based products undergo a unique
5-point testing regimen in a large-scale environment. Our testing
phases are designed with business requirements in mind. They include
thousands of independent stress, quality and security test suites,
including the Linux Test Project Database Open Test Suite, OSDL Database
Test Suite, Java* Grand Forum Benchmark Suite and others. We also
work closely with business partners like IBM, Oracle and SAP to integrate
their quality requirements into our quality processes and ensure compatibility
with SUSE LINUX-based products. All of our security patches and system
updates undergo the same rigorous quality assurance testing.
Reducing costs with efficient manageability
Manageability is a key factor in determining any system's total cost
of ownership. When it comes to installing, deploying, updating or
securing Linux servers, blades, desktops or laptops, the unique Novell
resource management solutions make it easy and cost-effective to manage
these assets throughout their entire lifecycle.
This starts with YaST, a comprehensive installation, configuration
and administration suite unique to SUSE LINUX. YaST gives IT administrators
a common foundation for managing not just operating system components
but also the services that run on them-including DNS servers, Apache
Web servers and even third-party applications. In addition, YaST is
completely open. It supports the common information model (CIM) standard
and is compatible with third-party management solutions such as HP
OpenView*, Novell ZENworks® Linux Management, IBM Tivoli* and CA Unicenter*.
Novell ZENworks Linux Management complements YaST by giving IT administrators
the ability to centrally control how they deploy and update systems
inside the firewall. This industry-leading resource management solution
offers best-of-breed Linux management capabilities at a much lower
cost than the Red Hat* Network solution. As a result, businesses typically
see a return on their investment within days of deployment. Novell
ZENworks also gives organizations the ability to dramatically simplify
management across their whole infrastructure by cost-effectively managing
systems running Windows*, NetWare and Linux.