Novell Expands Partnerships with HP, JBoss

Novell teams with HP to validate Linux computing stacks and also agrees to offer comprehensive technical support for the JBoss Enterprise Middleware System.

Novell Inc. continues to make strides in giving enterprises fully qualified and supported software stacks.

Together with Hewlett-Packard Co., Novell this week announced an integrated, tested and validated solution for HPC (high-performance computing). The package is made up of the HPs BladeSystem series, Novells SLES 9 (SuSE Linux Enterprise Server), and additional components from Novell and HPs partners. The result is an HPC, cluster-based package with both HP and Novell support.

The two companies are longtime partners, first with NetWare and now with Linux.

Also included in the package are Altairs PBS Professional for workload management and job scheduling; PolyServes Matrix Server and Cluster Volume Manager to deliver NFS (Network File System) file services; and DataSynapses GRIDServer for financial resource management on the cluster.

"The combination of HPs BladeSystem and Proliant servers and SuSE Linux being provided under Novells Validation Configuration Program delivers a complete, easy to setup and install HPC hardware and software offering that is highly secure, scalable, and enterprise ready," said Robert Desautels, president of the Harvard Research Group Inc., in a statement.

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"Researchers, scientists, and business professionals who rely on high performance compute clusters to meet their mission critical requirements should put this offering on their short list," Desautels said.

"HP examined the insight we had gained from our HP Linux Reference Architectures development and customer implementations, and we realized that adding an HPC stack was a natural way for us to extend the benefits of Linux integration to our HPC customers," said Efrain Rovira, HPs worldwide director of open source and Linux organization, in a statement.

In particular, the package has been tailored to address the needs of five industries with HPC needs: electronic design automation; financial services; life sciences; manufacturing; and oil and gas.

For each vertical industry, Novell and its partners are providing configurations that have been designed and tuned to meet its specific requirements.

Meanwhile, Novell is also furthering its partnership with JBoss Inc.

Novell will deliver comprehensive technical support for JEMS (JBoss Enterprise Middleware System), which includes the JBoss Application Server, a J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) server.

This move makes Novell the first and only Linux infrastructure vendor to offer enterprise-level support for JEMS.

Novell was previously a JBoss Authorized Service Partner. In addition, Novell has bundled JBoss Application Server as SLES 9s default application server. Under the new agreement, current SuSE/JBoss users will have a single point of contact for support.

Atlanta-based JBoss is pleased with its new advanced relationship with Novell.

"JEMS has quickly become the middleware standard, and now, with Novells support across multiple operating platforms, we anticipate JEMS to become even more rapidly adopted in the enterprise," said Bob Bickel, vice president of strategy and corporate development at JBoss, in a statement.

"Our Professional Open Source model is about making open source safe for the enterprise and giving customers choices when it comes to deployment. JBoss on SuSE Linux from Novell gives customers high performance at a competitive price and true enterprise-level support," Bickel said.

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