Microsoft, Novell Expand on Technical Collaboration Plans
Microsoft and Novell lay out their joint plans for virtualization, network system management and office format compatibility. (Linux-Watch)Microsoft and Novell on Feb. 12 unveiled more specifics regarding their joint technical roadmap. As expected, the two companies are collaborating on four areas of technology that address significant problems faced by enterprises: virtualization, Web services for managing physical and virtual servers, directory and identity interoperability, and document format compatibility. In virtualization, Microsoft and Novell are jointly developing a virtualization offering for Linux and Windows Server to consolidate server workloads in heterogeneous data centers.
When the project is completed, users will be able to run SLES 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) as a virtualized guest on an upcoming "service pack 1" update to Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2.