Red Hat isn't the only Linux distribution in town--more and more companies are deploying SUSE Linux, owned and supported by Novell Inc., Waltham, MA. As a result, a number of storage software vendors are supporting SUSE, including, over the course of the spring, EVault, FalconStor and Veritas.
"We're definitely seeing growing customer demand for SUSE," says John Lallier, VP of technology at FalconStor, which this spring announced that its IPStor Enterprise Edition software would support SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.
Veritas has also added SUSE to its list of supported distributions, and currently supports it for its backup, file system, volume manager, cluster server and server management software suites.
SUSE's appeal can be attributed to its early support for the Linux 2.6 kernel, says Ranajit Nevatia, Veritas' director of Linux strategy and alliances. Linux 2.6 is a 64-bit operating system and, as such, provides a greater address space for data-intensive apps.