Dell to Offer SuSE Linux-Based PowerEdge Servers
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 Novellgiving 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 eWEEK.com. "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.