Citrix, Novell Partner on Virtualization, Cloud Computing

Citrix Systems and Novell this week said they will collaborate on interoperability and assessment tools to reduce the costs and complexity of managing multiple virtual servers running on both Linux and Windows operating systems. The business software makers are teaming up to give enterprise customers more flexibility to manage their virtual infrastructures on multiple operating systems.

Under the new partnership, Novell (NASDAQ: NOVL) has certified its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as a "perfect guest" running on Citrix' (NASDAQ: CTXS) XenServer virtualization suite, making it the only Linux operating system that has also been optimized for major hypervisors developed by the likes of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), VMware (NYSE: VMW) and Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL).

Company officials said that more than 4,500 enterprise applications certified as "Novell ready" for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server are now "Citrix ready" community-verified when running in a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server guest virtual machine on XenServer.

"Our partnership with Citrix gives our many joint customers and partners a better way to manage their virtual infrastructures," Joe Wagner, Novell's general manager of global alliances, said in a statement. "We are providing a deeper and better integrated set of enterprise-class solutions that provide the tools to make intelligent decisions on data center virtualization, and the world-class infrastructure to run high-performance virtual environments."

Citrix and other virtualization and cloud-computing mainstays are racing to forge strategic partnerships in an effort to stave off increasing competition not only from large vendors but a slew of upstarts that are carving out specialty niches in the rapidly growing virtualization market.

In November, VMware announced a key alliance with Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) and EMC (NYSE: EMC) to help companies simplify and accelerate the virtualization of their datacenters.

The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition also aims to develop private cloud architectures for disparate applications and business processes running on multiple operating systems.

In addition to the tighter integration and interoperability of their applications, Citrix and Novell will also provide joint technical support to their shared customers.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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This article was originally published on Feb 19, 2010
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