Novell Teams up with Big Blue for Integrated Server Offering

Lora Bentley

Yesterday, we blogged on Novell's partnership with Lenovo to put SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on its T Series notebooks. Today, we have more of the same. Except this time Novell is partnering with IBM to garner more of the app server market. reports the Linux distributor will include Big Blue's WebSphere Application Server Community Edition in its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server offering, complete with support. The result? An enterprise-ready alternative to JBoss, the story says -- "the industry's most comprehensive open source-based server."


Making the announcement yesterday, Novell's open platform solutions manager, Roger Levy, said:

Customers today are looking for an integrated solution to solve their application development needs. Novell and IBM have partnered to bring customers a best-in-class experience by delivering two powerful software platforms through one channel. Now, when customers need support for their open source operating system or their open source application server, they can get it with one phone call to Novell.

IBM's Tom Rosamilia said the partnership with Novell will allow Big Blue to take its successes in the open source arena "to the next level."


The latest version of WebSphere Application Server will be available within the year, the story says.

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