Novell Linux Management Solution Maintains and Manages IBM eServer Systems

  • Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise provides automated Linux software management of IBM eServer pSeries, iSeries and zSeries Servers
  • Combination of powerful and secure Linux management software and IBM eServers significantly reduces the cost of maintaining and managing Linux in the datacenter

21 January 2004

Novell today announced that its market-leading Linux management software, Ximian® Red Carpet Enterprise, can now maintain and manage IBM* eServer* systems in a SUSE® LINUX Enterprise Server (SLES) environment. Red Carpet Enterprise provides centralized and automated management and maintenance of IBM's Linux on POWER* eServer systems and IBM's mainframe zSeries* systems running Linux to significantly reduce the cost of Linux ownership in the datacenter, allowing customers to concentrate resources on other strategic projects.

"This combines IBM's innovative Linux on POWER and mainframe servers with best-of-breed Linux management tools, allowing customers to achieve the benefits of Linux in their mission-critical datacenters," said Alan Nugent, Novell CTO. "It also demonstrates the strength of our relationship with IBM, opens up new markets for Novell and continues our commitment to provide customers platform choice in all levels of their enterprise."

With this announcement, Red Carpet Enterprise becomes the first "off-the-shelf" solution for managing IBM's Linux on POWER systems in an SLES environment, continuing Novell's commitment to enable customers to run their network services on Linux. Following the acquisitions of Ximian and SUSE, Novell is the only major vendor to offer a complete stack of enterprise-class Linux solutions.

"The ability to manage and maintain software in a Linux environment has been a major challenge for customers wanting to deploy Linux in the datacenter," said Brian Connors, IBM vice president, Linux on POWER. "IBM is giving customers choice, and the demand for Linux on POWER solutions is significantly increasing. Reducing the time and cost of managing Linux servers, makes the power of our IBM eServer pSeries and other leading-edge systems much more accessible and cost effective for the Linux community. We are pleased to be working with innovative partners like Novell to help deliver superior, low-cost solutions to customers."

IBM's Linux on POWER architecture offerings are about customer choice, part of IBM's overall IBM eServer strategy. By combining the flexibility and cost savings of Linux with the scalability and robustness of the leading-edge 64-bit IBM eServer platforms, customers across industries are integrating their e-business environments using Linux on POWER as a means to save costs and consolidate workloads. From the Linux OS-ready, POWER processor-based IBM eServer BladeCenter* JS20 through the IBM eServer pSeries* and iSeries* platforms, IBM is the only company offering customers systems that are supported by a single, proven 64-bit architecture.

Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise, part of the Novell® Resource Management solution, provides automated and intelligent Linux package dependency analysis and conflict resolution to ease software management. The ability for Red Carpet Enterprise to schedule updates of Linux software to user-defined groups across an enterprise helps cut IT costs by dramatically simplifying the process of managing Linux software updates. With rapid deployment and broad support for Linux distributions and applications, organizations can realize a quick return on investment.

The ability to manage IBM eServer pSeries, iSeries and zSeries servers using Red Carpet Enterprise is now available. For more information about Red Carpet Enterprise, go to, and for more on IBM eServer systems, go to

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) is a leading provider of infrastructure software and services to over 50,000 customers in 43 countries. With more than 20 years of experience in data center, workgroup and desktop solutions, Novell's 6,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world are meeting customer requirements for identity-driven computing and Linux solutions. By providing enterprise-class software and support for commercial and open source software, Novell delivers increased operating flexibility and choice at a lower total cost of ownership. More information about Novell can be found at

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