Unix-to-Linux


In a move that was expected, Sun Microsystems has announced it has a Xen Hypervisor offshoot called xVM (stands for X86 Virtual Machine) that has appeared in OpenSolaris, but hasn’t yet been included in the standard version of Solaris.

Don’t expect to see this happen any time soon, and the first inclusion into Solaris will likely be in the form of a VMWare appliance, running on a hardware appliance.  Yes, thats right, Sun wants to provide a hardware appliance that would be the best place to host their virtual appliance.  Guess you have to get that hardware business into view at every opportunity, hmm?

Ian Murdock’s Project Indiana (an attempt to modernize and streamline the best of Linux-like advances into Solaris) will likely be the first place where we’ll see this integration occur.  Apparently there might be some performance enhancements that result from it’s running on OpenSolaris, or so this blog claims.

You can see some slides from a presentation about xVM and get more information.

Well, unfortunately I did not get to personally attend Linux World in San Francisco last week, but fortunately for me – there are tons of outlets for me to get details on what the buzz was all about last week. If any of you happened to be there, and have additional comments/insights to share, I’d love to see some comments posted…

SearchEnterpriseLinux’s Jack Loftus posted a blog entry which links to several other articles and interesting summaries… as good a place to start as any.

Then of course, there’s the official LinuxWorld 2007 conference website which has links to several major industry announcements and even promises to have videos of all the keynotes – although they aren’t posted quite yet.

If you’re interested in seeing some of Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian’s keynote where he discusses how we can accelerate adoption of Linux (in general), you can read a summary from Jack Loftus here, a summary from CNet here and watch the entire keynote via Flash here or even download Ron’s slides here. Personally, I think he did a good job of conveying the message (yes, I’m probably a bit biased, but I think his points are generally right on for enterprise Linux), and yes I truly think his points (if followed) would help Linux in general and SUSE.

Here’s a link to Novell’s press kit for Linux World – we had several exciting press announcements to share last week… definitely check these out!

You can also check out Novell CMO’s video blog entries from the Linux World show floor here and here.

Novell’s Russ Dastrup video guru also created a couple of videos for the show… here and here.

Finally, I’m one of those “visual” people… so I love multimedia. BIG THANKS to the folks at TechTargetTV for putting a series of videos together on YouTube which show some of the highlights/reflections of the conference. My favorite, has to be their video of the “Bag of Schwag” – pretty funny!

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More events in the East…

Redmayne-Bentley, a stock broker firm in the UK switched from an aging legacy Unix platform to SUSE Linux Enterprise on Unisys systems. The firm’s main issues were to reduce costs, improve security and provide constant availability, which they did with Unisys’s and Novell’s help, resulting in:

  • Transaction speeds jumped 10x
  • Batch processing dropped to less than an 1/8th of previous times
  • Improved failbacks and security
  • No disruption to ongoing business

Silicon.com has a well-written wrapup on this case study, while the Unisys site has the definitive view of the migration.

Enjoy,

RossB

Here are some public success stories for customers using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on the (zSeries) System z platform:

http://www.novell.com/success/america_first.html
http://www.novell.com/success/casas_bahia.html
http://www.novell.com/success/fnb_omaha.html
http://www.novell.com/success/ebs.html

Related blog entries of interest:

https://opseast.wordpress.com/2007/03/06/why-insurance-companies-like-linux/
https://opseast.wordpress.com/2007/02/28/mainframe-linux-vs-unix/

There’s also a whitepaper that talks about running SLES on System z:
Server Consolidation with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on IBM System z

Expert Moiz Kohari discusses SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time in this edition of the Novell Open Audio podcast.

Check out the Podcast here.

IBM released a new virtual Linux environment called “IBM System p Application Virtual Environment” or “System p AVE” into public beta today.  Neither way of referring to this new technology is particularly mellifluous or easy to pronounce, but regardless this is seriously good news for those who have System p hardware and want to take better advantage of Linux on those boxes.

System p already has a very healthy market share at 31.5% of revenue, according to the numbers for 2006 and System p AVE’s advent is sure to help grow this market share.  Now it’s possible to consolidate AIX and Linux on the same server, the supported systems and applications are listed briefly here.

Some of the notable capabilities of AVE are:

  • Ability to run most Linux X86 binaries unmodified on System p
  • Virtual X86 environment and file structure
  • Dynamic translation and mapping of X86 instructions to Power
  • Caching to improve system performance
  • No need to re-compile, translate or alter existing distributions

For more info on this beta, including the signup forms to get involved, visit the System p AVE landing page.

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