Day two of the VMworld 2010 conference in San Francisco saw VMware and Novell announce the launch of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware.
Existing VMware vSphere customers will get a subscription and patches to the operating system free of charge, and the virtualisation company will resell technical support for the code.
"With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware, we provide a proven enterprise Linux operating platform with subscription to patches and updates at no additional cost, improving the ability to complete the transformation of a datacentre into a private cloud while further increasing return on investment," said Raghu Raghuram, general manager of virtualisation and cloud platforms at VMware.
The release is part of a long-term co-operative agreement between the two companies, and will add the ability to move data within clouds using SUSE and vSphere.
"SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware is the logical choice for VMware customers deploying and managing Linux within their enterprise," said Joe Wagner, general manager of global alliances at Novell.
However, it has not been all fun and games for VMware. The company released two patches for its ESX 3.5 Console OS late last night.
In other news, Isilon made a move into the virtualised storage market with support for the iSCSI protocol in its OneFS operating system. The move lets file- and block-based applications use a single storage point to maximise the use of existing hardware.
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