Dell Joins SUSE Appliance Program from Novell

January 24, 2011


Novell today announced Dell has joined the SUSE® Appliance Program to build, deploy and maintain a wide range of Dell-branded software appliances. This agreement will enable Dell to deliver applications as ready-to-deploy virtual or hardware appliances powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise.

"Partnering with Novell helps to broaden and strengthen our Linux product offerings," said Sally Stevens, vice president of Platform Marketing, Dell. "By developing software appliances on SUSE Linux Enterprise, our joint customers get a flexible and cost effective solution for delivering applications to physical, virtual and cloud computing environments. We selected Novell because they provided an easy way for us to package and deliver software appliances."

Leveraging the SUSE Appliance Program from Novell, Dell will be able to deliver "plug and play" appliances that lower the cost and complexity of deploying applications for their customers. Under the terms of the agreement, Dell will leverage Novell's appliance-creation and lifecycle management tools to build fully-supported virtual and hardware appliances as well as distribute application and operating system patches and updates.

"We have teamed with Dell for many years to deliver innovative and robust solutions to our joint customers," said Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager of Global Alliances at Novell. "We are pleased Dell is furthering our alliance by building and deploying their appliances with the SUSE Appliance Program. Appliances are the easiest and quickest way for Dell to package and deliver optimized, fully-supported applications to its customers."

The software appliance form factor consists of a pre-configured, ready-to-run combination of operating system, middleware and application. IDC forecasts the software appliance market will break the $1 billion threshold by 2011 and will grow to $3.7 billion by 2014.1

About the SUSE Appliance Program
The SUSE Appliance Program is a key component of Novell's strategy to lead the rapidly emerging intelligent workload management market. Built on the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform, the SUSE Appliance Program is transforming the way software vendors package and distribute software offerings, enabling them to quickly deliver applications to physical, virtual and cloud environments, reduce sales cycles and pursue new market opportunities.

Leading ISVs and technology providers have shown widespread support for the SUSE Appliance Program, which includes SUSE Studio™, the industry's most successful web-based appliance creation tool with 103,000 registered users who have built 651,000 appliances. SUSE Studio won the 2010 American Business Award for Best New Product or Service - Computer Hardware or Services, eWeek's 2009 Enterprise IT Product of the Year and was a 2010 SIIA CODiE Awards finalist.

For more information on the SUSE Appliance Program, visit For more information on the Novell and Dell partnership, visit

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL), a leader in intelligent workload management, through WorkloadIQ™, helps organizations securely deliver and manage computing services across physical, virtual and cloud computing environments. We help customers reduce the cost, complexity, and risk associated with their IT systems through our solutions for identity and security, systems management, collaboration and Linux-based operating platforms. With our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit

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1 "Worldwide Software Appliance 2010-2014 Forecast: Entering the Mainstream" IDC #224297, August 2010