Novell is to offer subscriptions to the MySQL Network database support service directly to its customers, following a deal announced at the Linuxworld conference in San Francisco.
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The announcement follows hard on the heels of a tie-up between Dell and MySQL, which will see the hardware manufacturer reselling the MySQL Network support package.
MySQL Network was launched in February as a subscription service that includes access to MySQL software, updates and upgrades, proactive alerts and advisories, the online MySQL knowledgebase and technical support.
The reseller and joint-support agreement with Novell is the only one of its kind between a Linux vendor and MySQL.
It is aimed at speeding up enterprise adoption of the open source MySQL database, which already has six million active installations worldwide. It will deliver combined support for key components of the open source LAMP infrastructure stack.
MySQL chief executive Marten Mickos said, “Our database customers have asked us to deliver a fully tested and supported infrastructure, working with top-tier platform providers such as Novell.”