Novell delivers SUSE appliance kit

Novell delivers SUSE appliance kit

Summary: This is about making it faster and easier for ISVs to sell more of their existing product with little additional modification required.

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It may be the most important thing Novell has done for software shops in decades.

The SUSE Appliance Program consists of a Web-based appliance construction tool called SUSE Studio Online, a mini-Linux called SUSE Linux Enterprise JeOS (Just Enough Operating System), support for Amazon's EC2 cloud, plus marketing support. It's aimed at Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

Software appliances are cool because they provide everything an application needs to run. Installation can be a matter of a few keystrokes.

"This is about helping an ISV access a new market through a new software appliance distribution method," senior program manager Matt Richards told ZDNet.

"This is about making it faster and easier for ISVs to sell more of their existing product with little additional modification required."

You might call it SUSE Application Delivery for Dummies (above).

With the Appliance Program a software vendor can quickly create an "evaluation package" of their software that actually runs, either on a client's hardware or in the cloud. The Program also makes it easier for a vendor to offer Software as a Service (SaaS).

"Software is difficult to install " added Nat FreemanFriedman, chief technology and strategy officer for Novell's Linux Business Unit. . "ISVs who distribute software have a challenge whenever customers have problems. This lets them bundle applications pre-installed, tested, stacked, with the operating system, on a CD or a stick. They get a lot of value from that.

Novell said it currently has about 3,600 applications certified on SUSE Linux Enterprise, and many will be joining the program. Its press kit includes testimonials from HP, IBM, VMWare, SAP, Ingres and Adobe, as well as smaller outfits like Adaris Technologies aqnd ZManda.

So is this a game-changer? How long do you think it will take Novell's rivals to match it?

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  • I don't know Dana. Why am I not excited by this news?

    nt
    Dietrich T. Schmitz
    • Anti-Novellism?

      I don't know. It seems pretty cool to me.
      DanaBlankenhorn
  • RE: Novell delivers SUSE appliance kit

    It's Nat Friedman, not Nat Freeman. And what's up with the inline CSS markup?
    jamestyj
  • "Nat Freeman"

    It's actually Nat Friedman, not Nat Freeman. :)
    ihatecrayons
    • Changed it

      I also found what may be a Clue as to those long lines of CSS code. I looked at the published file just now (thanks to you) in raw code form and found that every new paragraph had some extra code snuck in there as Wordpress saved it.

      I excised that code and will report the problem to our support people.

      So I owe you on two counts.
      DanaBlankenhorn
  • How does this differ from JumpBox?


    Huge Novell fan, but I think you're giving them more credit than is necessary. Seems as if the folks at JumpBox (http://www.jumpbox.com/) and no doubt others, have already invented this wheel.

    mikey_r
    • Jumpbox --- Starting at $149 per year

      There is no comparison! SUSE Studio is the winner! Just compare service: free vs paid

      SUSE Studio --- FREE
      Jumbox -- Starting at $149 per year and up and up!
      laskagifts
  • RE: Novell delivers SUSE appliance kit

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    zakkiromi