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Microsoft, Novell Team Up On Virtualization

Novell has optimized its SUSE Linux server OS to run in Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization environment.

Novell may be suing Microsoft for allegedly conspiring to kill WordPerfect, but that's not stopping the companies from joining forces on other fronts.

The software vendors, which have been collaborating on Windows-Linux interoperability since 2006, said Wednesday that they will work together to develop virtualization technologies. Virtualized computing architectures feature software that allow applications to run across multiple servers and multiple applications to run on a single server, increasing flexibility and efficiency.

To support Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization environment, Novell said it is releasing a special version of its SUSE Linux Enterprise server operating system designed specifically to run as a "guest" on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. "Customers want virtualization solutions that work in a heterogeneous environment," said Joshua Dorfman, Novell's senior marketing manager for Linux.

Microsoft said it's been collaborating with Novell on the offering for the past 18 months. Channel partners that support the product include Computer Integrated Services Company, Continental Resources, Dell, Insight, Total Tech Systems and 21Vianet.

Dell Software and Solutions VP Rick Becker said that SUSE Linux on Hyper-V gives the computer maker a chance to "provide our customers running mixed Linux and Windows environments with an optimized solution that is quick and simple to deploy."

Microsoft on Monday unveiled several products and services designed to increase its presence in the market for virtualization technology and pledged to release new offerings within 30 days.

The company said its Hyper-V Server 2008 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 products would be available by October 8th. Hyper-V Server 2008, Microsoft's core virtualization technology, will be available as a free download from the software maker's Web site. Virtual Machine Manager 2008, a paid offering, provides users with tools needed to manage Hyper V Server 2008.

Microsoft is also enlisting partners in its effort to bring virtualization to mainstream computing. The company said Monday that it has teamed up with chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices to help make AMD's Opteron processors more virtualization-friendly. PC manufacturer Hewlett-Packard also pledged to build servers and storage devices designed to fit into virtualized environments.

Meanwhile, Novell's antitrust suit against Microsoft is proceeding. Novell accuses Microsoft of using monopolistic tactics to drive WordPerfect and Quattro out of the market. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court gave Novell the go ahead to continue the litigation.

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