Novell is shipping a Linux server software bundle optimised for IBM hardware.
The firm has launched its Integrated Stack for SUSE Linux Enterprise, a software offering that combines Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with a mixture of open and private source software from IBM, tailored for IBM systems.
The software stack is optimised to run on IBM System x or BladeCenter server hardware.
Novell said the offering was ideal for serving the file and print, web application and database functionality needs of companies of small and medium sized firms.
Components of the Novell solution include SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, IBM DB2 Express, and the Centeris Likewise Management Suite.
"With this integrated solution, customers can rapidly deploy a platform for databases and running custom-built applications," said Roger Levy, Novell vice president and general manager of open platform solutions.
Levy said, "The new integrated solution lets customers bring the flexibility of Linux into their IT environment and quickly reduce costs. Customers can simply and seamlessly plug it into their existing infrastructure, including a Windows environment.”
In comparison, said Novell, the recently launched Red Hat Application Stack offers a pure open source solution at a higher price point and with less functionality, and limited Windows integration.
The Novell software stack is now available. Costs vary depending on IBM hardware selected, but the software subscription cost for the first year is £188.