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SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server is an enterprise-quality server designed to handle mission-critical workloads in the data centre.
NDS8 are leading providers for Linux Support.
At NDS8, we believe this whole shift has happened from the outside in. It started with edge servers, networking, DNS servers, Web servers and so on. These were the types of things that people applied Linux to early on. Same thing is true of Linux on the desktop. People started with Linux with very single purposes in mind. People who were doing software development, engineering workstations, consoles or systems administration - these were the types of applications that folks were using Linux for at the onset.
That has changed over not many years. All of a sudden, you're able to do many more things on top of the Linux platform. Mostly, this is because of the availability of other types of software. It gets right down to running your entire infrastructure and business on the Linux platform. At the centre of this are things like ERP applications (SAP, PeopleSoft), major database implementations (Oracle, for example). So what you're seeing is that you can run any type of workload that you care to on top of a Linux platform.
So Again, Why Linux
Why is Linux-an open source operating system-seeing such rapid adoption and growth? More importantly, why should you consider it for your own business? Compared to other platforms, Linux offers:
- Maximum flexibility
- Lower costs
- Tight security
- Powerful performance
- Ongoing innovation
In organizations large and small, Linux is becoming the clear choice for enterprise computing.
Flexibility is a key element of every IT manager's decision-making process. You need options and choices so your enterprise can remain agile in times of rapid change. Linux gives you many choices that other operating systems cannot provide. With Linux you can:
- Choose a commercial distribution or download a free one
- Choose your Linux vendor (if you opt for a commercial distribution)
- Choose your hardware vendor(s)
- Purchase support from a vendor or access free support via the Internet
- Modify source code to more closely suit your needs
Linux also plays well with other systems, which gives you added flexibility. You can deploy high-performance Linux servers with your existing systems. It's easy: you just run Linux on the back end and switch to low-cost commodity hardware. It's also completely flexible: you can continue using familiar desktops (so there's no learning curve for your users), and you can save money on both hardware and server licensing.
Compared to proprietary software, Linux saves you money-lots of it. You can either download Linux free of charge from the Internet or purchase a supported Linux distribution from a vendor for a low subscription price. This price typically includes maintenance, meaning that you get patches, security updates and new releases of Linux as part of your subscription fee.
When you choose Linux, you do not have to pay exorbitant fees for a service like Microsoft Software Assurance, which promises its customers maintenance and new releases of Windows or other Microsoft software (that may not ship for years). In cost comparisons with Solaris and Windows operating systems (link to the competitive papers), Linux is the obvious winner. You can also defray application costs by choosing from thousands of open source applications that run on Linux.
For Linux support, you can contact your current Linux vendor, engage a third-party support provider, or search the Web for the specific patches and updates you need.
Linux is inherently more secure than Windows because of its modular design. This means that attackers cannot gain access to the operating system via user permissions or other application "back doors." Linux also has the support of the entire open source community. Any potential security problems are resolved swiftly and definitively.
When Linux is compared to other x86 and x86-64 based operating systems (such as Solaris on x86 and Windows) on industry standard benchmarks such as TPC-C, TPC-H, SPECweb2005, and SPeCjbb2005, it consistently comes out on top. In fact, many hardware vendors use Linux, when seeking leading benchmark results-and they often choose SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server from Novell.
Some of the largest and most reputable firms in the IT industry and the most talented individual software engineers contribute to Linux-that is the nature of open source. Innovation in the source code happens quickly, keeping pace with advancing technology more effectively than UNIX or Windows. In fact, the time between major releases of commercial Linux distributions is about 18 months-much shorter than that of other operating systems.
A Clear Choice
Why Linux? It's the clear choice for today's businesses because it provides:
- The best innovation of any commercial operating system
- Unparalleled flexibility
- Performance that is comparable to or better than that of UNIX
- Freedom from vendor lock-in
- Lower total cost of ownership via high-performance industry-standard hardware
- Top levels of security
- Compatibility with thousands of ISV applications
Enterprise-class scalability on more architectures than any other commercial operating system-x86, x86-64, PowerPC, Itanium 2 and z9 mainframes.