Customer Adoption Yields Results that Drive IT-as-a-Service.
Today at VMworld 2010, VMware and Novell announced the general
availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware , the first step
in the companies’ expanded partnership announced in June of 2010. The
solution is designed to reduce IT complexity and accelerate the customer
evolution to a fully virtualized datacenter. With SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server for VMware , customers who purchase a VMware vSphere
license and subscription also receive a subscription for patches and
updates to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware at no additional
cost. Additionally, VMware will offer the option to purchase technical
support services for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware for a
seamless support experience available directly and through its network
of solution provider partners. This unique solution benefits customers
by reducing the cost and complexity of deploying and maintaining an
enterprise operating system running on VMware vSphere.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware has the reliability,
interoperability, and high performance customers have come to expect
from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, which has the broadest application
support among enterprise Linux operating systems, with nearly 6,000
application certifications. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware
, both companies intend to provide customers the ability to port their
SUSE Linux-based workloads across clouds. Such portability will deliver
choice and flexibility for VMware vSphere customers and is a significant
step forward in delivering the benefits of seamless cloud computing.
“This unique partnership gives VMware and Novell customers a simplified
and lower-cost way to virtualize and manage their IT environments, from
the data center to fully virtualized datacenters,” said Joe Wagner,
senior vice president and general manager, Global Alliances, Novell.
“SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware is the logical choice for
VMware customers deploying and managing Linux within their enterprise.
This agreement is also a strong validation of Novell’s strategy to lead
in the intelligent workload management market.”
“VMware vSphere delivers unique capabilities, performance and
reliability that enable our customers to virtualize even the most
demanding and mission-critical applications,” said Raghu Raghuram,
senior vice president and general manager, Virtualization and Cloud
Platforms, VMware. “With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware , we
provide customers a proven enterprise Linux operating platform with
subscription to patches and updates at no additional cost, improving
their ability to complete the transformation of their data center into a
private cloud while further increasing their return on investment.”
With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware , early adopter companies
such as Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) are already starting to
take advantage of the VMware and Novell offering.
“OCLC is running 2,000 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) virtual
machines on VMware vSphere using 120 physical hosts, saving OCLC time
and money,” Gene Oliver, Executive Director, Systems Management, OCLC.
Furthermore, by taking advantage of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for
VMware , OCLC has adhered to its public purpose of furthering access to
information and reducing costs for libraries.”
Novell is demonstrating the full capabilities of SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server for VMware at VMworld booth #931. In addition, Joe Wagner,
senior vice president and general manager of Global Alliances at Novell,
and Raghu Raghuram, senior vice president and general manager of
Virtualization and Cloud Platforms at VMware, will provide a
demonstration of the new, joint solution at VMworld 2010 during a
session entitled “Introducing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware ”
on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.