VMware Selects Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as Standard OS for Virtual Appliance Offerings

VMware and Novell have expanded their strategic partnership with an original equipment manufacturer agreement through which VMware will distribute and support the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system. Under the agreement, VMware also intends to standardize 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 newly purchased qualifying VMware vSphere license and Support and Subscription. Under this agreement, VMware and its network of solution provider partners will also be able to offer customers the option to purchase technical support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server delivered directly by VMware for a seamless support experience. This expanded relationship between VMware and Novell benefits customers by reducing the cost and complexity of deploying and maintaining an enterprise operating system with VMware solutions.

In addition to giving the companies' joint customers a simplified and lower cost way to virtualize and manage their IT environments, from the data center to the cloud, the agreement is also a strong validation of Novell's intelligent workload management strategy, notes Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager, Global Alliances, Novell.

For more information about Novell Intelligent Workload Management, go here.