As we announced back in August, Novell took the top two slots for operating systems for OES and SUSE Linux Enterprise in this year’s VARBusiness Annual Report Card (ARC) awards. VARBusiness has now published the data behind the ARC awards here and done a nice write-up of the operating system category here. It really is a clean sweep for Novell, with Novell’s Open Eneterprise Server taking top ratings in all four categories of measurement – product innovation, support, partnership, and loyalty. SUSE Linux Enterprise came is a close second.
This is nice validation from our solutions providers that we’re hitting on all cylinders – delivering products they can sell, providng the support and program infrastructure they need, and making them want to continue to work with us. The response for Novell to the question of “likelihood to remain a partner,” which really sums up in a nutshell partner satisfaction with a vendor, registered the single highest score of any of the survey questions across all vendors in the category. Given the importance of the channel to Novell, this kind of support warms our hearts….