2 Mar 2012

SUSE® Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Released

SUSE® Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Released
SUSE officially announced the general availability of SUSE® Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 2 (SP2). According to the official press release- With Service Pack 2, you get improved reliability, availability and serviceability and virtualization along with support for more third-party hardware. Because it's designed for interoperability and optimized for physical, virtual and cloud environments, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server paves the way for your future growth. It enables you to maximize the utilization of your existing IT resources and move easily from older physical servers to new, more powerful ones as they become available or your business needs change. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the most versatile and reliable Linux for mission-critical environments because we are committed to its continuous enhancement.
SUSE® Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 2 At a Glance:-
Improved Performance
Twenty percent faster through scheduler and memory management enhancements in the 3.0 Linux kernel:-
  • Improved performance of compute and memory intensive workloads with support for transparent huge pages
  • Faster network performance through transparent per-CPU load balancing on multi-queue devices
  • Control groups enhancements—I/O throttling and memory cgroup controller optimization—for optimal performance
  • 10x faster speeds with USB 3.0

Improved Reliability, Availability and Serviceability
Run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with even greater confidence with these new features:-
  • Support for new hardware RAS features, like CPU and memory off-lining
  • btrfs support—improved services availability and data integrity with copy on write, integrated volume management, and checksums. New snapshot and rollback capabilities offer improved resilience

Better Security and Enhanced Hardware Support
Secure your environment, and grow rapidly—or at your own pace—with Service Pack 2 (SP2) enhancements that include:-
  • Role based access controls in AppArmor®
  • More powerful firewalls with faster packet filtering
  • Support for fanotify—for improved support of third-party anti-virus solutions
  • New drivers for over 500 of the latest CPUs, chipsets, networking devices and storage systems

More Robust Virtualization Capabilities

SP2 enables you to utilize resources more efficiently and migrate workloads to virtual and cloud environments with features such as:-
  • Support for Linux Containers—high efficiency, low overhead OS virtualization
  • Updated Xen 4.1 and KVM 0.15+ hypervisors
  • Windows guest OS support in KVM
  • Improved virtual machine guest OS performance with additional paravirtualized drivers for Xen, KVM, VMware vSphere and MSFT Hyper-V

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