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Novell Announces Extended Support For SUSE Linux On System z

Customers of IBM’s System z mainframe will be happy to know than Novell has decided to offer extended support for SUSE Linux on System z.

Novell announced that its SUSE Linux offering for System z has been added to its Long Term Service Pack Support program, allowing customers to get support for an additional three years, on top of the general seven year support program.

The extended support program will include new servers and security patches, Information Week reveals.

"LTSS for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z reduces risk by ensuring that the configurations for mission-critical workloads running on the mainframe can be maintained over an extended period of time without change," Novell said.

IBM also revealed that it had managed to attract System z customers from Hewlett-Packard and Oracle to its platform. The Big Blue said that revenue from new customers had seen an increase of 68 percent from last year.

Most recently, Payment Solution Providers had decided to move its entire enterprise IT system to IBM’s Z mainframe offering.

“Leading edge, innovative businesses such as PSP are increasingly consolidating business critical workloads from HP and Oracle on to IBM System z,” said Greg Lotko, vice president of IBM System z.