Novell and VMware extend agreement

The dedicated Novell division at Workgroup has announced that VMware and Novell have expanded their strategic partnership with an original equipment manufacture (OEM) agreement through which VMware will distribute and support the SUSE Linux enterprise Server operating systems.

Under the agreement, VMware also intends to standardise its virtual appliance-based product offerings on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

“Customers who want to deploy SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware in VMware vSphere virtual machines will be entitled to receive a subscription to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server that includes patches and updates as part of their new purchased qualifying vSphere license and Support and Subscription,” says Sally Berimbau, business unit manager: Novell at Workgroup.

“Under this agreement, VMware and its extensive network of solution provider partners will also be able to offer customers the option to purchase technical support for Linux Enterprise Server delivered directly by VMware for a seamless support experience.

“This expanded relationship benefits customers by reducing the cost and complexity of deploying and maintaining an enterprise operating system with VMware solutions.”

As a result of this expanded collaboration, 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 cloud computing.

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Novell and VMware extend agreement