Microsoft, Novell talk up collaboration success

Novell and Microsoft have signed up over 100 customers and successfully developed new products since signing a joint interoperability agreement in November 2006.
The two gave a number of examples of new products developed between the two companies.

Novell today said it would ship a new plug-in tool for Microsoft’s management tools to enable users to manage Novell’s SUSE Linux from the same from the one console next week.

The SUSE Linux Enterprise Management Pack for Microsoft System Centre Operations Manager, has been designed to extend monitoring capabilities within Operations Manager 2007 R2 across seven SUSE Linux Enterprise operating system (OS) services.

This latest tool follows on from the partners' first jointly developed product, launched last November, for optimising Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 running as a guest OS on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

The pair also said that their combined customer sign-up rate had doubled since they signed the 2006 agreement. In fact, the pair said they had sold more than $200 million in certificates for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server support and maintenance to more than 300 customers

“The relationship has substantially benefited Microsoft’s Linux integration story and has driven Linux revenue for Novell,” said analyst Jay Lyman of analyst firm, 451 Group.

“The development and work by the two companies to improve Linux and Windows interoperability addresses the reality of mixed enterprise environments for customers, who were largely the impetus for this collaboration and are now benefiting from the resulting technology and support.”

BY Miya Knights

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