Novell Announces Expanded Commercial Agreement With IBM

March 23, 2004

Novell today announced an agreement with IBM enabling IBM to ship SUSE® LINUX Enterprise Server, which customers license from Novell, with IBM's servers.

SALT LAKE CITY (BrainShare® 2004)

  • Agreement enables IBM to ship SUSE Linux Enterprise Server across its servers
  • Novell will develop and support SUSE Linux on IBM platforms

Novell today announced an agreement with IBM enabling IBM to ship SUSE® LINUX Enterprise Server, which customers license from Novell, with IBM's servers. This agreement will provide Novell an exciting new channel to supply SUSE Linux to businesses around the world.

As part of today's agreement, IBM can ship, or preload, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server across its entire server line, including IBM eServer iSeries, pSeries, xSeries, and zSeries, as well as IBM's eServer BladeCenter systems.* The parties have extended IBM's existing agreement with SUSE Linux, and Novell will continue to develop and support SUSE Linux on all IBM server platforms.

"The momentum behind Linux in the marketplace continues to grow," said Jack Messman, chairman and CEO of Novell. "Novell is working with companies like IBM to deliver the powerful, fully supported SUSE Linux platform on leading enterprise servers. Customers know that they're getting top-quality performance backed by the global technical support and services they need from Novell. This marks a critical step in making Linux mainstream in the corporate data center."

Today's announcement is expected to increase choices for customers deploying Linux. By enabling IBM to ship SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on its servers, it can help make buying, deploying and managing Linux easier and more cost effective for customers. With the power of SUSE Linux's configuration and installation management tools, customers can deploy SUSE Linux on IBM into mixed networking environments more easily, gaining the cost and flexibility benefits of Linux without sacrificing the enterprise strength capabilities they need.

"This is an important milestone and we are extremely pleased with our growing business relationship with Novell, one of the premier providers of Linux in the world," said Jim Stallings, general manager of corporate Linux for IBM. "Offering customers more choice is important. Linux delivers a compelling value proposition that enables many businesses worldwide to deploy large-scale engagements that benefit from the advantages of Linux, including lower costs, greater stability and increased security."

Forward-looking Statements

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