Microsoft and Novell have unveiled more details about the joint technical roadmap established in its strategic collaborative deal signed last November.
The companies said they were engaged in joint development on four areas of technology that address significant problems faced by enterprise customers today: virtualisation, web services for managing physical and virtual servers, directory and identity interoperability and document format compatibility.
“With this first installment of the Microsoft-Novell development roadmap, we see that both companies are building on this relationship to develop real, product-specific solutions to deliver on the promises made to customers,” said Al Gillen, research vice president, System Software, for IDC.
“The great potential of the November announcement between Microsoft and Novell could have been disappointing without a product-specific roadmap to execute against. With the roadmap, the technology benefits customers can expect will be tangible and delivered on a predictable basis.”
Microsoft and Novell are jointly developing a virtualisation offering for Linux and Windows Server to consolidate server workloads in heterogeneous data centres through a series of releases throughout 2007. They said it will allow users to host SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from as a virtualised guest on an upcoming service pack of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1, as well as an enlightened guest on the next version of Microsoft Windows Server, codenamed ‘Longhorn’, using the Windows Server virtualisation technology.