Microsoft and Novell have been saying since the early days of their partnership that virtualization and interoperability were main goals. The announcement from the pair that their joint work has produced support in Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V for virtualized SuSE Enterprise Linux Server puts weight into Microsoft's virtualization push. The company has its eyes on mixed data centers. To sweeten the pot and simplify the deal, Microsoft will also make available some of the SuSE subscriptions that it bought from Novell and resells to customers, internetnews.com points out.
ZDNet's Larry Dignan says VMware should thank its lucky stars it got hold of former Microsofty Paul Maritz when it did because he might be the company's best chance for survival in the virtualization battle.
Partners including Dell are on board to support the new offering, and Microsoft and Novell also continue to work with AMD and HP to create optimum virtualization environments, reports InformationWeek.