Novell has announced Suse Manager, a management and migration platform for Linux environments that is based on an open-source project authored by Linux rival Red Hat.
Suse Manager is designed to manage disparate Linux environments, aid migration from Red Hat to Suse and provide system provisioning and monitoring capabilities, Novell said on Thursday.
It is based on the open-source Linux systems management package Spacewalk, which was released by Red Hat in 2008.
Novell and Red Hat compete with one another with their Suse Enterprise Linux (SEL) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) products, respectively.
The management tool can administer IBM System z and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server-based appliances. Managed server support includes x86 and x86_64 for both Suse Linux Enterprise 11 SP1 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 4, 5 and 6. Additionally, it supports Itanium, IBM Power and IBM System z systems for Suse.
It includes an Oracle XE database and also has support for Oracle Database 10g Release 2 Standard Edition and the Enterprise Edition of the same release, along with Oracle Database 11g.
Novell said the manager can be used by organisations to manage RHEL and SEL environments concurrently.
It allows organisations that are using Red Hat Network Satellite, Red Hat's systems management platform that is analagous to Suse Manager, to transition to Suse Manager while retaining data, configurations, customised scripts, templates and processes.
Spacewalk is the underlying platform for Red Hat Network Satellite.
Prices may vary, Novell said on its information page.