Dell And Novell Expand Partnership To Provide Customers Certified Suse Linux Platforms And Services

October 27, 2004

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on Select Dell PowerEdge Servers Extends Customer Choice and Value

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Dell and Novell today announced an agreement to offer Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 certified on select Dell PowerEdge servers worldwide.

This announcement provides Dell and Novell customers with more choice for fully-supported Linux platform deployments, and at the best value in the industry. Dell provides a single point of contact for customers' support needs; Dell Services will also assist customers throughout the lifecycle of their deployments.

Dell customers will be able to purchase Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 with their single-and dual-processor PowerEdge servers. The agreement reinforces Dell and Novell's long-standing collaboration to provide customers with superior standards-based computing platforms, and extends this value and expertise to customers deploying SUSE Linux for their business applications.

"Today's announcement marks an important expansion of Dell and Novell's long-standing industry relationship," said Al Gillen, research director, System Software, at IDC. "It provides Dell Linux customers more platform choice for fully supported operating systems, and gives Novell customers a new option for deploying Linux in their IT infrastructure."

Linda York, vice president of global alliances marketing in Dell's Product Group, said that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on Dell PowerEdge servers provides customers another robust and scalable enterprise platform to replace costly proprietary UNIX-based systems or to deploy Linux for the first time.

"This is another great example of Dell and Novell's ability to work together to move standards-based computing further into the data center," said York.

Increased Customer Choice, Industry-leading Value

For $175 per single-CPU server annual maintenance subscription and $269 for a dual CPU subscription, Dell and Novell offer Linux customers additional choice on Dell's award-winning PowerEdge 1850, 2800 and 2850 servers. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 is the first enterprise-class Linux server to leverage the performance, scalability and security features of the new Linux 2.6 kernel. This new platform is ideal for customers deploying Web farms, IT infrastructures and custom applications. The operating system will be bundled with the server at the time of purchase. A joint service agreement between the two companies provides customers with the same levels of award-winning support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 as all other operating systems.

Novell's acquisition of SUSE Linux in January 2004 set the stage for this logical next step in the long-standing Dell and Novell relationship. "Dell's decision to collaborate with Novell on Linux is a vote of confidence in our Linux strategy and is great news for customers around the world," said David Patrick, vice president and general manager, Linux, Open Source and Platform Services at Novell. "Existing Novell customers get new options for their future hardware platform needs, while new customers gain a top-notch enterprise Linux offering on one of the most robust server platforms in the world, backed by Novell's global ecosystem of enterprise-level Linux services."

Global Services

Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 will be supported by Dell Services (, through a collaborative support agreement with Novell technical support that provides customers a single point of contact for all issues. This helps customers realize a more efficient, effective, scalable and productive enterprise environment. Customized Dell offerings streamline and integrate activities across the entire product lifecycle, such as system planning and design, implementation and training and support and disposal.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 will be available with Dell PowerEdge 1850, 2800 and 2850 servers worldwide in the fourth quarter. For more information on Dell/Novell solutions, services and tools, please visit: or

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