Sumitomo Electric Industries Chooses Novell for Xen Virtualization

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with Xen on Intel Virtualization Technology

extends life of applications and platforms, simplifies disaster recovery

Apr 12, 2007, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell today
 announced that Sumitomo Electric Industries is using SUSE(R) Linux
 Enterprise Server from Novell(R) with integrated Xen* virtualization
 software to extend the useful life of its platforms, minimize additional
 hardware investment through more efficient use of resources, and operate an
 effective disaster recovery site. By running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
 and Xen on hardware containing Dual-Core Intel* Xeon* processors with Intel
 Virtualization Technology, Sumitomo Electric Industries is extending the
 life of valued applications on virtual servers, thus optimizing data center
 resources and running a more efficient business.
     "This virtualization-based environment lets us keep systems in use for
 the long term, regardless of the external hardware configuration," said
 Nobuhiro Nakamura of the Systems Technology Group in the Information System
 Department at Sumitomo Electric Industries. "We have a strong commitment to
 open source software with the aim of ensuring reliability and minimizing
 platform investment, and we selected Novell and Xen to reinforce this
 policy in the area of virtualization technology. Intel's Virtualization
 Technology also gave us confidence to implement virtualization in a way
 that works for our company."
     Sumitomo Electric Industries is a long-time supplier of products based
 on the company's copper wire manufacturing technology, including electrical
 cables, machinery and energy products. The company's decision to adopt
 server virtualization in 2006 was prompted by Novell's launch of SUSE Linux
 Enterprise 10 with integrated and supported Xen open source virtualization
 software, and also by Intel's decision to support virtualization at the CPU
 level. Sumitomo Electric Industries is currently running mission-critical
 server systems on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with Xen and is also using
 it as the backbone of a cost-effective disaster recovery solution,
 migrating virtualized solution stacks as needed from its main data center
 in Osaka, Japan, to a backup center in Tokyo.
     Roger Levy, Novell vice president and general manager of Open Platform
 Solutions, said, "Sumitomo Electric Industries' use of virtualization
 validates the practical value and business benefits of SUSE Linux
 Enterprise Server and Xen virtualization technologies. Novell was the first
 to integrate Xen in a major enterprise Linux distribution, and customers
 today are using SUSE Linux Enterprise to maximize their IT resources and
 provide cost- effective high-availability services."
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 Enterprise is the best-engineered, lowest-cost and most interoperable
 platform for enterprise computing, from the desktop to the data center. For
 more information on SUSE Linux Enterprise offerings from Novell, visit . For more on how customers around the globe
 are leveraging Novell solutions, visit .
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 Open Enterprise. Novell is a leader in enterprise-wide operating systems
 based on Linux* and open source and provides the enterprise management
 services required to operate mixed IT environments. Novell helps customers
 minimize cost, complexity and risk, allowing them to focus on innovation
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