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February 17, 2010

Citrix Systems, Novell team up on virtualisation and cloud computing

Offers customers with set of technologies and processes to run and manage heterogeneous data centres

By CBR Staff Writer

Citrix Systems and Novell have entered into a collaboration that expands choice for customers through increased virtualisation interoperability and new assessment tools to help pinpoint the economically most advantageous approach to virtualisation.

Through the new partnership, Novell has certified SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as a ‘Perfect Guest’ running on Citrix XenServer and both companies will provide joint technical support to customers. More than 4,500 enterprise applications certified as Novell Ready for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server are now Citrix Ready community-verified when running in a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server guest virtual machine on XenServer.

The companies said that customers and cloud providers will gain the added value of the free XenServer as a virtualisation platform for Linux and Windows environments, providing them with a set of technologies and processes to run and manage heterogeneous data centres.

In addition, Citrix will participate in the PlateSpin Recon for Assessment Program, which enables Citrix Solution Advisors (CSA) channel partners and the Citrix internal services organisation to begin offering customers virtualisation, server consolidation and cloud readiness assessments using the Novell toolset.

PlateSpin Recon from Novell is a data centre workload profiling, analysis and planning tool that combines consolidation planning with capacity management to give customers an ongoing view of their physical and virtual infrastructure.

Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager of global alliances at Novell, said: “Our partnership with Citrix gives our many joint customers and partners a better way to manage their virtual infrastructures. We are providing a deeper and better integrated set of enterprise-class solutions that provide the tools to make intelligent decisions on data center virtualisation, and the world-class infrastructure to run high-performance virtual environments.”

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