Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server gets VMware endorsement

VMware now supports and distributes the Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system with vSphere and also plans to use the OS for all its virtual appliances.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of June 7-11, 2010.

VMware to distribute Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

In partnership with Novell, VMware Inc. will now distribute and support the Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system (OS).

Under this new original equipment manufacturer agreement, all VMware virtual appliances will eventually use Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the standard OS.

Solutions providers that deploy Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for their customers' VMware vSphere virtual machines now have the ability to get patches and updates for their customers' servers as part of the vSphere license and subscription agreement.

This agreement will make it less expensive to deploy and maintain enterprise OSes using VMware products, according to Novell Inc. For customers that use cloud computing, both VMware and Novell say they will offer support for SUSE Linux-based workloads in cloud environments.

VMware partners can also now receive technical support from VMware for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Microsoft details Azure support but remains vague on pricing

At TechEd 2010 in New Orleans this week, Microsoft Azure got a minor face lift, but a thick fog remained around Microsoft's Platform as a Service (PaaS) pricing model.

The SQL Azure online database, which previously supported databases as large as 10 GB, now supports databases up to 50 GB, according to SearchCloudComputing.com. The database's upper limit also rose to 5 GB, up from 1 GB, and Azure's AppFabric and Content Delivery Network (CDN) are currently in production.

Solutions providers can also take advantage of added support for .NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 in Azure's Software Development Kit, and they can use the new Microsoft SQL Server Web Manager tool to build, deploy and manage cloud-based apps for SQL Azure.

The PaaS came under fire when customers complained about the confusing and complex pricing model. Depending on which subscription package customers choose, pricing and charges vary for storage, bandwidth, CDN traffic and compute hours per single server instance.

CA launches new MSP licensing program

Solutions providers can now provide CA ARCserve product licenses to their customers on a monthly basis with no upfront costs as part of CA's new managed service provider (MSP) licensing program.

The CA ARCserve MSP program first launched in Europe in April and is now available in North America through Ingram Micro Inc.'s licensing sales group.

The program was also designed to complement CA's subscription pricing models that MSPs already use for Nimsoft and 3tera AppLogic products.

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