Novell Rolls Out SUSE Linux Enterprise Platform Appliance Program for ISVsBy Jessica Davis | Print
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
Novell's new software appliance program is designed to let ISVs, including VMware and SAP, bundle their software with the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform for deployment at customers' sites as a single install.Novell has introduced a SUSE Linux software appliance program that enables ISVs to bundle their software with the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform OS and allow reseller solution providers and end customers to deploy everything with a single install.
Software providers including VMware and
Alternately, the software appliance can be applied in a hypervisor, says Steve Hale, vice president of global data center channel at Novell.
"This shortens the sales cycle," says Hale. "It makes software installation very easy and fast. If it’s a demo, we just made that very easy, and we just made time to value very easy, too."
The software appliances will also be offered through a partnership with distributor Tech Data, according to Novell.
For ISVs, Novell will provide a series of go-to-market elements, including an evaluation copy option that lets ISVs deploy their appliance to end customers for a trial period that the
The only distinction between the evaluation copy and a full copy is that the evaluation copy doesn’t offer updates and patches, says Hale.
Novell also announced a prerelease of an appliance tool kit that helps providers remotely configure appliances and push updates.
Hale says the company also plans to build a virtual appliance and format it to run in Amazon EC2, the company’s cloud. The approach will allow customers to rent an image on an hourly basis, enabling a quick time-to-market SAAS model for ISVs and MSPs.
ISVs that have signed on include Adaris Technologies, Adobe, Bitrock, Codice Software, Four Js Development Tools, Hewlett-Packard (with its Adaptive Infrastructure portfolio),