Microsoft and Novell have marked the two-year anniversary of their partnership , by releasing tools to help users manage and support SUSE Linux.
The moves comes a week and a half after the official 2 November anniversary date, and follows a new Microsoft investment in the partnership.
On 19 November, the duo also said it would release a management module called the Advanced Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, which is slated to ship before the end of November. The pair also announced a free beta download of Novell's Moonlight, a clone of Microsoft's rich-client Silverlight browser plug-in.
The news comes on the heels of a September release of the first fully supported joint product the two have produced under the partnership. The duo used technology developed at the Microsoft/Novell Interoperability Lab they opened just more than a year ago to configured and optimized Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to run as a guest operating system on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.
As part of the announcement the two companies announced they have added more than 200 new joint customers, including BP Oil International. and China Mobile, which are receiving certificates bought by Microsoft for three-year priority support subscriptions for Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
Welcoming the move, Nick Leake, director of operations and infrastructure for ITV said, “The Microsoft and Novell partnership agreement means we can now concentrate on Microsoft Windows Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server across our enterprise and have greater assurance that these platforms will be optimised to interoperate with each other, particularly in respect of virtualisation.”
Experts said the deal was benefiting both vendors and has helped IT integrate Windows and Linux platforms, including the Red Hat operating system.