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Novell to turn focus on Microsoft collaboration

Arif Mohamed

Novell's annual Brainshare user conference is taking place this week in Salt Lake City from 18 to 23 March. The software supplier is expected to publicise its technology sharing agreement with Microsoft and outline major product updates.

The big product news will be Open Enterprise Server 2, the supplier's latest Linux-based application platform, which uses Xen virtualisation technology, according to John Dragoon, Novell's chief marketing officer. Novell will also describe the migration path for Netware users moving to Open Enterprise.

Jeff Jaffe, Novell's chief technology officer, added that the Microsoft and Novell Windows/Linux interoperability agreement was also big news, with the two suppliers now working on the technical details.

He said that they were currently focusing on side-by-side interoperability tests and the use of virtualisation technology to facilitate interoperability.

Alongside this, Novell and Microsoft are currently developing management tools that can manage both suppliers' architectures in a uniform way.

Separately, Novell has announced a new user. EBS Building Society in Ireland has deployed Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Server in its mainframe environment to host IBM's Websphere applications.

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server will support more than 1,000 users within EBS, which has branches throughout Ireland.

"Our goal was to reduce the number of platforms and operating systems deployed across our IT infrastructure," said Paul Nicholls, enterprise systems manager at EBS.

"SuSE Linux provides us with a single operating system that runs on an IBM mainframe as well as our Intel servers."

He added that SuSE Linux Enterprise Server also provided centralised management.



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