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Citrix new partnership with Novell on virtualization

March 12, 2010

Another news not very recent, but quite important according to me: about 3 weeks ago Citrix announced a new partnership with Novell on virtualization, just now that Novell’s SUSE seems disposed to be open to KVM.

As we can read here, “through this new partnership, Novell has certified SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server as a “Perfect Guest” running on Citrix® XenServer® and both companies will provide joint technical support to customers. As a result of this agreement, the more than 4,500 enterprise applications certified as Novell Ready for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server are now Citrix Ready® community-verified when running in a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server guest virtual machine on XenServer.”

But there is another point about this agreement that IMHO is very interesting and surely could be very useful for all Citrix partners engaged in consolidation projects.
In addition, Citrix will participate in the PlateSpin® Recon for Assessment Program, which enables Citrix Solution Advisors (CSA) channel partners and the Citrix internal services organization to begin offering customers virtualization, server consolidation and cloud readiness assessments using the Novell® toolset. PlateSpin Recon from Novell is a data center workload profiling, analysis and planning tool that combines consolidation planning with capacity management to give customers an ongoing view of their physical and virtual infrastructure. PlateSpin Recon takes the guesswork out of complex server consolidation and capacity planning initiatives and helps accelerate the move to virtualization.”
Finally, I remember that while the interoperability is effective immediately, access to the PlateSpin Recon Assessment Program by the Citrix CSA partners will be rolled out over the next two month from the official announcement linked above, ie by mid-April 2010.

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