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IBM Tapping Novell for Linux Appliances

IBM is partnering with Novell to lend technology that will power new Linux-based appliances for a spate of its enterprise software offerings.

Through the partnership, IBM plans to offer new appliances for Lotus, Websphere and Cognos, a collaboration that figures to boost Novell's enterprise Linux presence.

Server Watch has the details of the new tie-up between IBM and Novell.


IBM is turning to technology from Novell to build Linux OS powered software appliances -- a move that aims to deliver easy-to-deploy software for physical, virtual and cloud-based environments in use at small to midsized businesses.

The new software appliances deliver solutions for IBM Lotus, Websphere and Cognos software applications. Specifically, IBM will be offering software appliances for the IBM Lotus Foundations collaboration suite as well as the Lotus Protector for Mail Security. IBM's WebSphere Application Server is also benefiting with a software appliance aimed at virtualized environments, while Big Blue is ramping up its analytics offerings with appliances for its Cognos Now! and IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer packages.

The new solutions leverage technology from Novell's SUSE Appliance Program, which enables software vendors to build and deploy software appliances using a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) operating system base.

Read the full story at Server Watch:
IBM Adopts Novell's Linux OS for Lotus, Websphere Appliances