Numerous Customers Worldwide Realize Benefits of Microsoft-Novell Agreement
Customers demand interoperability delivered with intellectual property assurance.
REDMOND, Wash., and WALTHAM, Mass.-May 9, 2007-Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc.
today announced that 12 new customers have signed up to take advantage of the companies’
collaboration. These customers, from around the globe, are 1blu, Arsys, Fujitsu
Services Oy, Gordon Food Service, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., hi5 Networks Inc.,
Host Europe, Nationwide, PRISACOM SA, Reed Elsevier, Save Mart Supermarkets, and
state of California, Department of Fish and Game.
"This impressive list of customers across a wide range of industry groups and
geographies is a further proof point of the value of interoperability," said Susan
Heystee, vice president and general manager of global strategic alliances for Novell.
"Customers are looking for their vendors to solve their interoperability challenges.
This is resulting in continued growth in the share of SUSE® Linux Enterprise* in
the Linux market."
"Customers have asked us for greater interoperability and for IP assurance that
enables vendors to build technical bridges," said Susan Hauser, general manager
of strategic partnerships and licensing at Microsoft. "By responding to what customers
want, we’ve seen overwhelming support. We have customers of all sizes from around
the world signing up to take advantage of the benefits we’re offering."
Each of these companies has expressed enthusiasm for the interoperability between
Microsoft® Windows® and SUSE Linux Enterprise, along with the cost savings and intellectual
property assurances that other customers have already begun to experience through
this agreement. Microsoft will deliver SUSE Linux Enterprise Server subscription
certificates to each company, under separate customer agreements.
The following are statements from each of the companies’ respective spokespersons,
emphasizing the reasons for employing the benefits of the Microsoft and Novell agreement:
- "We embrace the cooperation between Microsoft and Novell because it offers
us, and our customers, the most benefits in interoperability and IP assurance,"
said Johann Dasch, managing director of 1blu. "As a Web-hosting company, this
gives us the opportunity to develop the new leading-edge, feature-rich products
our customers demand."
- "We are glad to have companies like Novell and Microsoft that consider our
demands. By incorporating a mixed-source environment of Microsoft and Novell,
we’ll reap the benefits of better cost savings and interoperability," said Manuel
Amutio, CIO of Arsys. "These benefits will allow us to keep our products in
the more advanced position and to keep on being in one of the main positions
in Europe in the hosting market"
- "SUSE Enterprise Linux is a great addition to our operating system offering
that we offer to our Patja outsourcing customers," said Taija Engman, director,
Solutions Group, Fujitsu Services, Finland. "The service solution’s many features
include interoperability technical options across platforms that make it attractive
to small and medium-sized, as well as large, organizations."
- "Part of our business goal is to help our customers operate efficiently
and build their own bottom line. Employing a mixed-source environment of Microsoft
and Novell makes the most sense for us because it helps us manage the IP issues
and allows us to focus on our core business. This is the kind of customer service
we expect from our software vendors," said Kevin Toren, chief information officer
at Gordon Food Service.
- "With more than 60 million registered members worldwide, we wanted to work
with vendors who can enable us to deliver a reliable service that could scale,"
said Akash Garg, chief technology officer of hi5 Networks. "Microsoft and Novell
offered us a solution that could do exactly that, giving us a platform to help
us grow our business."
- "As a result of the relationship between Microsoft and Novell, Host Europe
is migrating from self-supported Linux to standardize on SUSE Linux Enterprise
and Windows," said Uwe Braun, managing director of Host Europe. "We will leverage
this arrangement to provide both operating system platforms to our customers
at a common pricing level to give customers the freedom to choose the platform
which best fits their needs. The focus on interoperability is a great benefit
to customers like Host Europe as we drive down operational costs."
- "Microsoft and Novell’s commitment to work together to deliver interoperability
between their offerings will enable us to continue to offer world-class applied
information technology solutions to our customers," said Terry Goodwin, vice
president of Data Center & Network Services at Reed Elsevier. "We expect collaborations
such as this one to continue to bring precision performance and rapid implementation
to the markets we serve."
- "At Nationwide, it is important to us that our software is compliant with
all IP licensing requirements. In addition, employing both Windows and Linux
in our company always seemed the right thing to do, but making the systems work
together sometimes requires a significant amount of time and resources," said
David Zelle, director of Systems Engineering & Administration at Nationwide.
"Engaging in this pilot program is giving us a lot more flexibility and helping
to make our company more competitive; we are actively looking to migrate to
SUSE Linux Enterprise versus other brands of Linux."
- "The virtualization and the interoperability capabilities between Windows
and SUSE Linux Enterprise, in addition to the ability to employ a certified
Linux distribution for software and hardware platforms, will help our mixed-IT
environment operate seamlessly, reducing operational costs," said Jorge Oteo,
assistant IT director of PRISACOM.
- "By standardizing our distributed systems architecture with Windows and
SUSE Linux we now have more flexibility and control over our more than 250 distributed
data centers," said James Sims, CIO for Save Mart Supermarkets. "Standardizing
on these platforms is helping us streamline our overall infrastructure and reduce
costs so we can focus on finding practical and innovative ways to serve our
The Microsoft-Novell Agreement
On Nov. 2, 2006, Novell and Microsoft announced a series of agreements to jointly
build, market and support new solutions to improve interoperability, deliver powerful
new virtualization capabilities, make Microsoft and Novell products work better
together, and give customers peace of mind that both companies stand behind the
products they deliver. More information about the Microsoft and Novell agreement,
including other customer announcements, can be found at http://www.moreinterop.com.
Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers infrastructure software for the Open Enterprise.
Novell is a leader in enterprise-wide operating systems based on Linux and open
source and provides the enterprise management services required to operate mixed
IT environments. Novell helps customers minimize cost, complexity and risk, allowing
them to focus on innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.novell.com.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks of Novell Inc. in the United States and
* Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
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