Fujitsu and Novell last week announced a deal where Novell's SuSE Linux operating system will be offered on Fujitsu's high-end server platforms. Meanwhile, Fujitsu will also offer support services for both the SuSE Linux operating system and the server hardware.
Fujitsu will soon offer SuSE Enterprise Server on its PRIMERGY and the new PRIMEQUEST line of Intel-based, high-end data center servers. The PRIMEQUEST server line, unveiled earlier this year, is targeted at applications that require continuous availability. The servers use the 64-bit Intel Itanium architecture, with up to 32 CPUs, 512G bytes of memory and up to eight hardware-separated server partitions for separating computing tasks. Fujitsu previously offered Red Hat Linux on the PRIMEQUEST platform.
Fujitsu is no stranger to SuSE, as the server vendor used the Linux distribution on its Intel-based servers since 2000, when SuSE was an independent software company based in Germany. SuSE was previously only available on Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers in Europe and Asia. The Novell/Fujitsu agreement now makes SuSE available worldwide on both Fujitsu high-end Intel boxes.
Although second to Red Hat in popularity, SuSE has strong support among vendors in the server hardware industry, with IBM, Dell and HP among the companies offering pre-configured SuSE boxes. SuSE also appears to be the Linux variant focused on non-Intel, high-end server deployments; it was the first Linux to run on IBM's mainframe platform, and is used by mainframe users to consolidate multiple server boxes into SuSE instances running on a Big Iron.