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VMware Buying Novell? Why Add More Blah?

Oct 21, 2010, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Fogarty)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"The Wall Street Journal is reporting rumors that VMware may buy Novell's SUSE Linux OS business, though Attachmate is competing for the rest of the company's assets.

"VMware and Novell have agreed on everything but price, according to the WSJ, which cites unnamed analysts as saying the tools built to help Linux administrators manage virtualized OSes will strengthen VMware's own VM management apps.

"Gartner analyst Chris Wolf likes the idea for the strength of Novell's SUSE as much as any other reason.

"VMware had already agreed to include SUSE with the vSphere hypervisor, and announced plans to make SUSE the base OS VMware Studio virtual-appliance development kit. Virtual appliances are preconfigured applications that can be installed on a hypervisor to run as virtual machines with a minimum of time or effort from the customer. VMware had relied on an ultra-light OS called the Just Enough OS."

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