Dell to Offer SuSE Linux-Based PowerEdge Servers

By Sean Gallagher  |  Posted 2004-10-27 Print this article Print

Dell and Novell ink a deal that calls for Dell to preinstall Novell's SuSE Linux distribution on its PowerEdge servers.

Dell Inc. and Novell Inc. announced Wednesday an agreement between the two companies to distribute Novells SuSE Linux distribution preinstalled on single- and dual-processor Dell PowerEdge servers. Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 is available for order now and will begin shipping in December, according Linda York, vice president of global alliances marketing in Dells Product Group. Dells services unit will also provide support for Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, through a collaborative support agreement with Novell—giving Dells server customers a single point of contact for all technical issues. The agreement is an expansion of the existing relationship between the companies. "We are the No. 1 NetWare distributor and have been for 14 consecutive quarters," York told "And we have been working with SuSE in Germany." Dell sees Novells loyal NetWare customers and the European market (where SuSE is strongest) as the biggest growth opportunities for the companys Linux sales.
Separately, Novell moved to reassure desktop SuSE customers that the company will continue to support them as the company moves toward the release of its upcoming Novell Linux Desktop.
To read about Novells continued support, click here. Dell, which claims to have a 27 percent market share in Linux servers, will continue to provide Red Hat Inc.s Linux distributions as well. York said that Wednesdays announcement has no impact on the companys relationship with Red Hat. However, the new SuSE bundling will give Dell a lower price point for Linux systems; the operating system comes list-priced at $175 for a single CPU and $275 for a dual-processor system. "The Red Hat offering for both one and two CPUs is $349," said York. Check out eWEEK.coms Infrastructure Center for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
Sean Gallagher is editor of Ziff Davis Internet's enterprise verticals group. Previously, Gallagher was technology editor for Baseline, before joining Ziff Davis, he was editorial director of Fawcette Technical Publications' enterprise developer publications group, and the Labs managing editor of CMP's InformationWeek. A former naval officer and former systems integrator, Gallagher lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.

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