Novell Rolls Out SUSE Linux Enterprise Platform Appliance Program for ISVs

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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
SAP have already signed on to offer their technology in software appliance form together with SUSE Linux Enterprise.

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
ISV or reseller can specify. The evaluation version can be distributed at no cost, and ISVs can turn off certain functionality as they choose.

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),
IBM, Infobright, Ingres, Messaging Architects, Packet General, Quest Software, SAP, Sonoa Systems, VMware and Zmanda.
Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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