I understand, I’ve been there and done that. Understanding the aversion, I am still encouraging every partner (end user, IHV or OEM) to make the jump to SLES 11 SP3.
Simply stated, it is the best quality enterprise Linux available on the market today. Being a consolidation oriented release, there are no earth shaking changes or introductions of new, dramatic technologies, yet the update brings the latest stable packages such as the enterprise hypervisors in KVM 1.4 and Xen 4.2 (yes, that’s right, we support both), improved reliability and scalability through enabling features brought to market by hardware partners and improved security by enabling technology such as UEFI Secure Boot.
A few specific callouts:
I would encourage our partners and customers to continue evaluating and testing btrfs as the codebase continues to receive a tremendous amount of community attention and development. While I am not recommending it for your production data volumes today (on the other hand, your system volumes stand to benefit from the snapshot functionality), it is rapidly maturing and presents a number of unique value propositions that I would expect to be leveraged as we move forward in the future. Expect to hear more from others and myself about the exciting future of btrfs and the value it represents.
Other fixes and improvements are present in almost every corner of the OS, whether it is a filesystem, virtualization management tools, HA stack, etc. and benefit our partners and customers in a wide variety of ways. If you haven’t started looking at SLES 11 SP3, consider whether you can really afford to not have the best enterprise Linux available and download it today.
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