IBM, Novell to Launch New SuSE Program for ISVs

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-03-16 Print this article Print

The companies' worldwide initiative seeks to accelerate the development of ISV applications for SuSe Linux on the IBM eServer and middleware platforms and will provide ISVs access to resources and tools.

Novell and IBM are working together to address the need to grow the application environment around Linux by giving their ISVs the tools and resources to easily deploy Linux-based applications. The two firms have come together to form a worldwide initiative designed to accelerate the development and certification of ISV applications for SuSE Linux on the IBM eServer and middleware platforms.
This certification program, to be announced on Wednesday, will provide ISVs access to technical resources, expertise and hands-on tools at nine IBM Innovation Centers across North America, Europe and Asia, creating new infrastructure choices for ISVs and their customers running mission-critical applications on Linux.
As part of this initiative, Novell Inc. will provide those ISVs interested in the program with copies of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and supporting documentation. The company will also facilitate onsite registration for Novells Technology Partner Program to help ISVs certify their applications on SuSE Linux for both IBM hardware and middleware. For its part, IBM will offer the ISVs access to its Innovation Centers as well as some free consulting support and technical expertise to help them migrate, develop and implement their applications for SuSE Linux on IBM platforms. Read more here about IBM increasing its support for ISV partners. Todd Chase, the program director for IBMs Innovation Centers in Waltham, Mass., told in an interview that the move marks IBM and Novells efforts to drive the growing adoption of Linux by arming ISVs with tools and resources for easy and cost-effective deployment Linux-based applications. With this initiative, ISVs can obtain free consulting, migration and testing support at nine of the largest IBM Innovation Centers in San Mateo, Calif.; Waltham, Mass.; Chicago; Hursley, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Stuttgart, Germany; Bangalore, India; Shanghai, China; and Sydney, Australia. This deal follows a similar one announced with Red Hat Inc. late last year. But while the SuSE deal focuses on ISVs across the world, the Red Hat deal is currently limited to European ISVs, but Chase expects that to be expanded to the United States and Asia in the future. The latest deal with SuSE follows other recent moves by Big Blue to try and get ISVs to look at Linux. Last month Scot Handy, IBMs vice president for Linux, in Somers, N.Y., told that the company was encouraging ISVs to port their software that runs primarily on x86 hardware to all its hardware platforms through "Chiphopper," which refers to the chips hopping from its x86 to zSeries and Power architectures. IBM is also working with ISVs to train them on Solaris-to-Linux migrations. To read more about IBM training ISVs on Solaris-to-Linux migrations, click here. The company is also doing "some things with Red Hat to provide additional information, since they are being specifically targeted by Sun as well as new customer offerings and events," Handy said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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