Novell Ships SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time

Linux-Based Operating System Brings Customers Lower Costs With Predictable

Performance in Time-Critical Environments

Oct 24, 2006, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL)
 today announced the availability of SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Real Time,
 enabling customers to realize the benefits of Linux* for real-time
 applications. SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time from Novell(R) adds real-time
 technology from Concurrent Computer Corporation* to the flexible and
 scalable SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform. As a result, customers see
 lower costs with predictable performance in time-critical environments.
     "Many organizations depend on computing speed and dependability to
 compete effectively," said Carlos Montero-Luque, vice president of product
 management for Open Platform Solutions at Novell. "With SUSE Linux
 Enterprise Real Time, we are giving them the improved performance and lower
 costs of Linux along with the deterministic response and predictable
 quality of service their businesses demand. Backed up by Novell's vast
 ecosystem of services and support, customers can be confident that this
 real-time solution will enable them to serve their customers effectively
 even as it improves their bottom line."
     SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time offers support for 32-bit and 64-bit
 processor architectures (including AMD Opteron* and Intel Xeon*),
 predictable interrupt response time of less than 30 microseconds,
 high-resolution timer support for enhanced scheduling, user-level control
 of simultaneous multithreading, and processor shielding. The proven
 real-time technology eliminates spikes in latency, ensuring consistent
 performance and stability. The solution is already being used in trading
 floor and market data servers in financial services, advanced imaging in
 patient healthcare, and enterprise data centers with time-critical
     Gary Beerman, Concurrent director of real-time marketing, said, "The
 combination of Novell's robust Linux support organization and Concurrent's
 established real-time software makes this a compelling product offering
 applicable to multiple market verticals. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Real
 Time, customers can now optimize data center workloads to gain real
 competitive advantages. We are excited to be working with Novell in
 bringing this superior technology solution to enterprise customers around
 the globe."
     New Performance Benchmarks
     SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time has set several new performance
 benchmarks. In tests with Wombat Financial Software, customers were able to
 achieve aggregate simultaneous publishing rates of 200,000 messages per
 second from the feed handler, which is roughly twice the rates generated by
 any other data feed product in the market today.
     SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time also set a new record for query
 response time with the Ingres database. In tests performed at the Ingres
 Performance Center, the average response time of SUSE Linux Enterprise Real
 Time was one- third that of a competing standard Linux distribution. This
 test simulated 16 threads of complicated queries hitting the Ingres
 database. With the CPU shielding in SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time, no
 other system activity can interrupt the database thread, so the queries
 finish more quickly than in an unshielded environment.
     Industry Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time
     Partners are expressing support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time as
 a compelling platform for time-critical applications.
     AMD Vice President of Software Alliances and Solutions Terri Hall: "We
 believe there is tremendous synergy between SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time
 and the AMD Opteron processor. AMD's Direct Connect Architecture, which
 reduces latency, helps enable 'real time' operating systems. Together, both
 products provide the flexibility and adaptability needed to meet the
 current and future business needs of customers, offering a compelling
 solution for enterprises running time-critical applications. Novell is
 driving outstanding advancements in enterprise Linux, and AMD is pleased to
 collaborate with them in these efforts."
     Ingres CTO and Senior Vice President of Strategy Dave Dargo: "The
 Ingres database is designed to handle the most complicated database
 queries. The combination of SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time and Ingres's
 database highlights consistent database performance for latency-sensitive
 workloads and underscores our ability to deliver a highly predictable
 transaction processing environment for enterprise customers."
     Wombat COO Daniel Moore: "Customers across the capital markets continue
 to hunger for technologies that give them a real performance edge. With
 SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time, Wombat customers are able to benefit from
 low-latency, high-performance solutions for their market data needs."
     SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time is now available from Novell and
 Concurrent. For more information, visit .
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. delivers Software for the Open Enterprise(TM). With more
 than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage,
 simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging
 best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With more than 20 years of
 experience, 4,700 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the
 world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating
 environments while reducing costs. More information about Novell can be
 found at .
     NOTE: Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks and Software for the
 Open Enterprise is a trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries. *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All
 other third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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