IBM has posted an excellent whitepaper that details the enhancements that SLES 10 has that make it an outstanding platform for IBM services and software. From the Introduction to the whitepaper:

“Novell’s SUSE Linux® Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 delivers new functionality, improved scalability and increased performance. To enhance IBM solutions on System x™, System p™, System z™, and BladeCenter® servers, SLES 10 includes over 180 features requested by IBM. SLES 10 features support new IBM hardware (devices and processors), cross platform functionality, and interoperability of IBM middleware and hardware. IBM implemented customer requirements, gained community acceptance and performed extensive testing of SLES 10 on IBM platforms. IBM’s collaboration with Novell has continued to advance the SLES enterprise solution, with fast time to production, new technology and superior quality.”

Highly recommended as a read for anyone who wonders if SUSE Linux Enterprise is the best platform for datacenter solutions.