IBM to ship SuSE Linux severs
Novell earlier this week announced it had finalised the previously announced $50 million investment in Novell by IBM which was publicised in conjunction with Novell\’s offer to acquire SuSE Linux in November last year. The two companies have, however, also exoanded the intial agreement enabling IBM to ship SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, which customers license from Novell, with IBM\’s servers.
As part of the agreement, IBM can ship, or preload, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server across its entire server line, including IBM eServer iSeries, pSeries, xSeries, and zSeries, as well as IBM\’s eServer BladeCenter systems.
Stafford Masie, managing director of Novell SA, says the \”momentum behind Linux in the marketplace continues to grow,.\”
\”This is an important milestone and we are extremely pleased with our growing business relationship with Novell, one of the premier providers
of Linux in the world,\” says Jim Stallings, general manager of corporate Linux for IBM. \”Offering customers more choice is important. Linux delivers a compelling value proposition that enables many businesses worldwide to deploy large-scale engagements that benefit from the advantages of Linux, including lower costs, greater stability and increased security.\”