It was announced in a press release this week that BMW is using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Xen virtualization in it’s data center – reducing hardware costs and simplifying deployment.

After extensive testing by BMW IT Research Center staff in North America and Germany, the automobile manufacturer is going to deploy virtualized data center solutions using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 with the open source Xen hypervisor on x86 servers using dual-core processors with Intel Virtualization Technology.

According to BMW, Xen virtualization technology built into SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 will allow the company to increase flexibility in managing server life cycles. BMW will also gain operational and cost advantages in other areas, in addition to having a flatter support structure through the integrated operating system and virtualization layer. Hardware resources can be more efficiently used through server consolidation, and BMW is able to cluster virtual servers and migrate them live from one physical server to another as needed. The company is also currently evaluating Novell ZENworks Orchestrator as a way to manage the resulting virtual data center systems.