Novell has released new software designed to allow SAP users to integrate around its SUSE Linux open source operating system.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications allows companies to consolidate application servers under a single open source platform, according to Novell.
"SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is a proven operating system that offers immediate time-to-value for our customers and partners," said Sanjay Katyal, vice president of business development and strategic alliances, global ecosystem and channels at SAP.
"These new optimisations bring SAP customers a simpler and lower-cost way to run SAP applications on Linux, with automated installation capabilities and full support for SAP's in-memory solutions."
The move is part of a strategy by Novell to appeal to the widest customer selection. The company recently sorted out a similar deal with NEC, but analysts warned that the system needs more support.
"On the Novell side, one question is how many system vendors are signed on?" Charles King, principal analyst for Pund-IT, told V3.co.uk.
"Sure, IBM is in there, but it's a poor third place in the market. Novell needs a Dell or HP in there."
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