Microsoft and Novell expand Windows/Linux integration deal for customers

Microsoft and Novell are extending their interoperability agreement to tie Windows closer to Novell

Microsoft and Novell are extending their interoperability agreement to tie Windows closer to Novell's Suse Linux in the enterprise.

Microsoft said the extended deal - the two firms first decided to work more closely together in 2006 - will mean a stronger bridge between open source and proprietary software, to deliver interoperability and intellectual property (IP) peace of mind for organisations operating mixed-source IT environments.

The deal focuses on enhanced programmes from Novell to provide tools, support, training and resources for customers seeking an enterprise-class Linux platform, and specifically, an optimal interoperability solution between Microsoft Windows Server and Suse Linux Enterprise Server.

It also includes Microsoft's commitment to purchase up to £50m in certificates that its customers can use to redeem for expanded support from Novell, that includes Suse Linux Enterprise Server support and support for moving toward an enterprise-class Linux platform.

The investments will take effect from 1 November, and between now and then Microsoft and Novell will solicit customer input and identify aspects of the support programs that will be most useful to organisations running mixed-source environments.

Customers who have already used the Windows/Novell Linux integration programme since 2006 include Wal-Mart Stores, HSBC, Renault, Southwest Airlines, and BMW.

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