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More new partners to drive the open source applications business



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May 3, 2007 10:47 am

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Novell continues to build out its partner ecosystem around Linux and open source. A couple of years back, we launched our Market Start program to increase the breadth and depth of Linux solutions for small and medium enterprises. The program addresses one of the key challenges for small tech start-ups – reaching a large enough customer audience to become financially viable. Our Market Start program accelerates go-to market activities with Linux and open source companies through Novell sales channels to reach more customers.

The program already includes many of the leading open source application vendors in the market: Alfresco, AppGen, Astaro, Black Duck, Centeris, EnterpriseDB, Groundwork, Jaspersoft, Lumen, MySQL, Pentaho, SpikeSource, SugarCRM, VoiceRD and Zmanda. These companies offer a wide range of applications for Linux, from customer relationship management to business intelligence to databases and more.

In 2007, we’ve added another set of open source application leaders to the program:

CentricCRM – customer relationship management solutions that will run on a range of proprietary or open source platforms

Centrify – Active Directory-based solutions for auditing, access management and identity management for non-Windows environments, including SUSE Linux Enterprise

OpenLogic – software, stacks and services for managing open source environments

Liferay - open source portal solutions

Zenoss – open source systems management and monitoring

Anybody who had any doubts about whether open source has the power to go beyond operating systems and other infrastructure roles need look no further than this list of Novell Market Start partners. Together, we’re making it increasingly easy for customers – big and small – to tap into the flexibility, cost benefits and performance power of open source.

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  1. By:Jim Schweitzer

    is XenSource part of market start? I did not see them listed above and presumably thought Novell was partnering with them to deliver Xen..

  2. By:Bruce Lowry

    Hi Jim. XenSource is not part of MarketStart. As you probably know, the Xen Hypervisor is an open source project run out of the University of Cambridge (UK). XenSource is a start-up company formed to commercialize Xen into an appliance. Since the Xen code is open source, everyone has access to it. Novell has taken the Xen code and incorporated it in SUSE Linux Enterprise. XenSource has taken the same code and created an appliance. There is no go-to-market partnership between Novell and XenSource, although we do occasionally collaborate with their engineers. Thanks.

  3. By:Jim Schweitzer

    Bruce, thanks for clarifying. It just seems a bit strange Novell would not be partnering with the company you are relying on to build your hypervisor.

  4. By:Bruce Lowry

    Hi again Jim. The project came first, then XenSource was formed, so the project existed – and exists -independent of XenSource. Thanks.

  5. By:Roger

    While it is good to se Novell build up this partner ‘ecosystem’ there seems to be a lack of Novell working with said partners. As an example you now have 2 Open source CRM venders, but nether of them have any support for GroupWise as a customer mail system. Also Novell has done very little to show how the products from these partner can bee intergrated into Novell focused environment, there needs to be white papers and app notes published.

    From my point of view both Centrify (which does AD based tools) and OpenLogic need Novell to provide more detail on how these partners fit?

  6. By:Roger

    Also are you aware that at times the text in the Novell Blog system breaks when viewed under IE6, but seems to work fine under FireFox?

    In this blog under IE6 the text stops after the line starting “OpenLogic …

    The underlying HTML seems to have 2 lines of Openoffice meta data at the point of the break before the information that should provide the line starting “Liferay ….

  7. By:Bruce Lowry

    Hi Roger..Sorry about the technical glitch. Yeah, sometimes we get metadata that seems to trip up IE. I try to catch those, but some slip thru. Thanks.

  8. Roger, you are correct we need more partners supporting our existing product lines like GroupWise. We are working with our market start partners to do just that.

    In regards to more materials to help partners and customers leverage these new solutions, that’s underway as well. Look for more in the coming weeks.

  9. By:Tim Baum

    Here’s my vote to get CentricCRM integrated with Groupwise. Novell, please help them out on this. I’ve posted in their forums and only heard the sound of crickets. Centric is java and I’m sure a good java programmer using Groupwise SOAP could get it integrated in no time. We needed this kinda stuff done yesterday. Novell has to have a spare java programmer stuffed away somewhere ;) We love GW and Centric!

  10. By:shane

    Anybody who had any doubts about whether open source has the power to go beyond operating systems and other infrastructure roles need look no further than this list of Novell Market Start partners. Together, we’re making it increasingly easy for customers – big and small – to tap into the flexibility, cost benefits and performance power of open source.

    This appears to be in contrast to Novell’s "mixed source" philosophy as described by Stafford Masie:

    We believe today alot of the open source technology has not caught up yet to enterprise customers’ needs in the security domain, management domain. Where Linux is open source, specifically Linux is completely applicable is the platform, the desktop, office productivity suite, the database, etc so there’s kinda 5 major areas where its good enough if not better than whats out there, ok? where its not there yet, Novell has proprietary technology and partners that provide 3rd party technologies to that proprietary technologies where we wrap our technologies around this Linux technology. so, like zenworks management, our zenworks management suite is a proprietary piece of technology.

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