Microsoft and Novell have reported strong interest in their high performance computing (HPC) system based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Windows HPC Server.
The companies said that 33 organisations have signed up to use the system in the financial, healthcare, higher education and technology sectors, including Deutsche Bank AG, Honeywell International, Japan Petroleum Exploration and Texas Instruments.
"Many customers are realising the benefits of the Microsoft and Novell HPC technical solution that streamlines management functions, reduces internal support requirements and enables greater interoperability without having to dedicate time and resources to devise workarounds," said Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager of global alliances at Novell.
"Through our successful initiatives in the Joint Interoperability Lab, we've been able to anticipate the mixed-source IT requirements necessary in today's business environment."
The companies have been working together to support the link between their commercial and open source products, driven by customer demand.
"Companies around the world are realising the benefits of our joint interoperable cross-platform technical solutions," said Ted MacLean, general manager for strategic partnerships and licensing at Microsoft.
"The fact that we are able to address a real need in the HPC market is evidenced by the number of licences we've issued.
"These solutions, coupled with Novell's proven technical support programmes, make it easier than ever for our customers to have confidence that their existing infrastructure investments will serve them well into the future."
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