Citrix Partners Novell to Offer Cloud Computing

by CXOtoday Staff    Feb 19, 2010

Citrix and Novell have announced a collaboration which will lead to an increase in virtualization interoperability and new assessment tools.  Through this 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. As a result of this agreement, 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.

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 organization to begin offering customers virtualization, server consolidation and cloud readiness assessments using the Novell toolset. PlateSpin Recon from Novell is a data center 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. PlateSpin Recon takes the guesswork out of complex server consolidation and capacity planning initiatives and helps accelerate the move to virtualization.

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

"Working with Novell to offer a best-of-breed, open approach to virtualization and management provides customers with not only the best technology, but also the greatest flexibility in running and managing virtual infrastructures, regardless of operating system," said N. Louis Shipley, group VP and GM, XenServer Product Group, Citrix Systems. "Enabling the large SUSE Linux Enterprise customer base to be certified on XenServer significantly furthers our efforts to deliver XenServer as the best and most cost-effective virtualization platform for enterprise and cloud infrastructures."