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Wal-Mart signs Microsoft Linux deal

Wal-Mart has signed a deal with Microsoft for the supply of Suse Linux Enterprise Server software from Novell.

The deal will allow Wal-Mart to extend its mixed server environment and enable its existing Microsoft software to work better with Novell’s open-source platforms.

Wal-Mart aims to move to lower-cost commodity server hardware as a result of the deal.

The deal follows an agreement signed between Microsoft and Novell in November 2006, which seemingly put an end to the war the two companies had been fighting over competing server operating systems.

Nancy Stewart, senior vice-president and chief technology officer of Wal-Mart, said, “We have wanted information technology vendors to deliver true interoperability and intellectual property assurance between multiple platforms for some time now, and we are pleased that Microsoft and Novell are committed to fulfilling that need.”

Wal-Mart will manage its mixed server environment using Microsoft’s Systems Management Server, Active Directory and Microsoft Operations Manager management platforms.

The two suppliers said that since their November peace deal, more than 35,000 new certificates for three-year priority support subscriptions to Suse Linux Enterprise Server have been activated under the collaboration.

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