Every so often, I remind others how easy it has become to install Linux, even on the latest generation of hardware. Due to the tireless efforts of all the FOSS community and its contributors, Linux has scaled to all types of devices. As somebody who has the enviable task of "Linux enablement of HP ProLiant" servers, I get to work daily with some of the most creative folks for both hardware and operating system integration.
As with most collaboration opportunities in FOSS, synergistic things happen when differing perspectives work together. One person wants to upscale Linux into more workload critical roles, another simply wants more reliability, availability, and serviceability features, while yet another wants to completely streamline the installation of an entire solution. Such was the case recently when HP and SUSE aligned to tackle this problem set.
The resulting "effort" is coined "SLES Optimized for ProLiant". It incorporates some jointly developed enhancements to the SLES distribution's processes with various point solutions into a more integrated approach of deploying workload critical applications with SLES on HP ProLiant servers. This yields integration done right, without apparent seams.
Blog Contributed by Bryan Gartner, ProLiant Linux Systems Architect