"It's becoming increasingly clear that this shift is coming --
if it hasn't already -- to the virtualization market. This week,
two unrelated announcements, one of which didn't have a whole lot
to do with virtualization on the surface, got me thinking.
"Is the ultimate badge of a technology's maturity that it be
integrated so deeply into a product that it becomes just another
item in the checklist?
"On Tuesday, Novell released version 11 of Suse Linux Enterprise
Server. Key feature improvements are enterprise Mono support (.NET
on Linux), high availability enhancements and a streamlined
operating system build geared toward appliance vendors.
"Even more significantly, is SLES 11's shift in focus. As
virtualization has gained ground, vendors and analysts alike have
been eulogizing the operating system. It appears Novell is among
the first to take the message seriously."