Novell today announced its plan to expand its presence at the heart of the enterprise: the data center. Leveraging the common code base of its SUSE® LINUX Enterprise Server, Novell is broadening its data center solutions to complete its portfolio of enterprise computing solutions which currently include workstation, workgroup and high-performance computing offerings.
“Expanding our offerings in the corporate data center is a natural for Novell and Linux given our history with operating systems, high-availability solutions and virtualization – and our customers are demanding it,” said Jack Messman, Novell chairman and CEO. “Key data center requirements are reliability, availability, scalability, manageability and performance. By combining Novell's market-proven enterprise expertise with strategic partner offerings and open source solutions, we will meet those requirements using Linux. Novell will give data center customers the functionality they need at a lower cost and with greater choice and flexibility.”
The data center is home to an enterprise’s most vital applications and databases, and Novell's data center strategy centers on providing the crucial technology components to support moving mission-critical line-of-business applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) from UNIX to Linux. Linux is rapidly being adopted and accepted, moving from performing IT infrastructure services, toward the heart of the enterprise, the data center.
The increased performance and scalability of high-performance computing on SUSE LINUX, along with the lower costs of Linux, are also driving demand for Linux in business-critical roles. Recently announced certifications on SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server by SGI high-performance computing hardware and Unisys servers demonstrate the growing demand for Linux.
Dave Parry, SGI senior vice president and general manager, Server and Platform Group, said, “We at SGI have no doubt that, as a disruptive technology, Linux can address today's toughest challenges for scientific, engineering and creative IT users. Already our mutual customers have seen tremendous results from the collaboration between Novell and SGI. We will continue to leverage this collaboration to ensure that our customers have a Linux solution capable of addressing even their most demanding future challenges.”
Novell® and Linux in data center environments will mean:
Novell's data center strategy will enable customers to take advantage of the key benefits provided by Linux and open source: lower total cost of ownership, the declining cost and increasing functionality of hardware and software, and the emergence of community-based technology that is capable of meeting the needs of corporate computing. There are many well-established vendors working to meet the diverse needs of corporate data centers today. Novell will provide infrastructure that supports and is compatible with existing data center applications and solutions.
“Adoption of Linux in the data center is beginning to accelerate dramatically,” said Stuart Cohen, CEO of Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium of IT vendors and enterprise Linux customers promoting the adoption of Linux. “Today's announcement by Novell is evidence that customers can now begin to see Linux as an enterprise-wide computing platform suitable for a variety of workloads from workstations to the heart of the data center.”
Novell's data center focus areas will include:
Market leaders are expressing support for Novell's expanded Linux offerings for the data center.
HP Vice President of Linux Martin Fink: “HP sees virtualization as a key component to becoming an Adaptive Enterprise as it enables customers to dynamically and efficiently shift resources to meet their changing needs. Novell's support and integration of open source virtualization technology in its data center offerings, as well as in future releases of SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server and SUSE LINUX Professional, is an exciting development and shows strong growth for the industry.”
Intel Vice President of Sales and Marketing Group and General Manager of Channel Software Operation Shane Wall: “64-bit Intel Xeon processor-based platforms are ideal for the most demanding applications in the data center. With Novell's focus on the data center, customers will have the opportunity to lower their IT costs by moving business-critical applications to Linux on stable, Intel-architecture-based platforms.”
Oracle Vice President of Technology Marketing Robert Shimp: “Oracle's robust, proven software has been the heartbeat of IT data centers for many years. With the unique and compelling combination of Oracle Database 10g RAC and Novell SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9, customers receive a highly reliable, scalable, available and secure solution to deploy and manage Grid computing within their data centers.”
Novell data center offerings will be available later this year. Pricing and availability will be announced with each new offering. For more on Novell's Linux strategy and complete line of Linux offerings, see http://www.novell.com/linux
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