Expanded relationship furthers SAP's commitment to open source community
In order to deliver expanded support options to companies running their business operations on SAP applications and the SUSE® Linux Enterprise operating system, Novell and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced an extension of their long-standing relationship. In a move that will help meet the growing demand for SUSE Linux Enterprise and provide support for the open source community, Novell and SAP are planning to offer enhanced options for customers who choose to run open source. As part of this initiative, the companies will work together to enable SAP's industry-leading enterprise applications to work with SUSE Linux Enterprise and Novell's virtualization and identity management technologies to provide new data center options for customers. In addition, the companies plan to optimize SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP's data center infrastructure requirements, further promote SAP® Business All-in-One solutions based on SUSE Linux Enterprise and collaborate within the SAP Enterprise Services Community program to help strengthen customers related to the SAP governance, risk and compliance (GRC) practices. As a result, companies of all sizes will be enabled to run more of their mission-critical operations on SUSE Linux Enterprise, helping to further lower the total cost of ownership (TCO). The announcement was made at BrainShare, Novell's global partner and customer conference, being held in Salt Lake City from March 16-21.
“From our entrance into the Linux market, our focus has been on delivering Linux for mission-critical deployments in the data center, and this relationship with SAP is a key step forward in that effort,” said Ron Hovsepian, Novell president and CEO. “We can now offer one of the best data center platforms and application stacks on the market, bar none. Extending this cooperation will make this a real game-changing relationship in the marketplace. We are excited to cooperate with SAP to deliver mission-critical applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise, along with top virtualization and security management capabilities.”
“As Linux continues to grow as a mainstream platform for supporting business applications, it becomes increasingly important for collaborative relationships between application software vendors such as SAP and infrastructure software vendors such as Novell,” said Al Gillen, research vice president, System Software at IDC. “This development, support and go-to-market effort should make it possible for SAP and Novell to deliver a better-integrated and more technically complete solution than users could achieve by assembling the same components on their own today. The end result is a lower barrier to adoption for SAP applications, particularly for midmarket companies, and an expanded addressable market for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.”
Novell and SAP will integrate ZENworks Orchestrator, Novell's cross-platform virtualization management solution, with the Adaptive Computing Controller tool within the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform. This integration will increase virtualization options for SAP customers and therefore can support the reduction of costs and allows for optimized deployment of SAP applications.
SAP is also using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (64-bit version) as one of the platforms for its SAP NetWeaver® Business Intelligence Accelerator (SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator) software, an appliance jointly developed with HP, IBM and Intel that improves the performance of business intelligence queries, reduces administration tasks and shortens batch processes. This enhanced offering gives customers fast response times, regardless of the volume of data, number of users or complexity of analysis.
Furthermore, SAP has also chosen SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the platform for its hosted offering, SAP Business ByDesign, giving midmarket customers powerful, scalable, cost-effective access to SAP applications.
“Organizations worldwide are increasingly turning to open source solutions with Linux as their core platform, so teaming with Novell and offering our customers SAP applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise meets a direct customer need,” said Léo Apotheker, deputy CEO and president of Customer Solutions and Operations, SAP. “Our cooperation goes beyond Linux to leverage industry-leading technologies from each company to give customers high-value, low-complexity solutions to pressing challenges such as regulatory requirements and optimizing applications in virtualized environments. This relationship marks another step forward in SAP's support of open source and standards-based computing.”
Furthermore, SAP is using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server internally as its Linux development platform, ensuring SAP applications are engineered from the ground up to run well on Linux.
For more information on the partnership and joint offerings from Novell and SAP, visit www.novell.com/partners/sap.
(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, product life-cycle management and supplier relationship management.
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