IBM is delivering a portfolio of software appliances across IBM brands, all powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Leveraging the SUSE Appliance Program from Novell, this broad-based initiative enables IBM to deliver "plug and play" appliances that substantially lower the cost and complexity of deploying applications for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and help independent software vendors (ISVs) significantly expand their routes to market.
This partnership encompasses software appliances and virtual images for IBM's two main software divisions, Software Solutions Group and Software Middleware Group, which includes Lotus, Websphere and Cognos. With just a few mouse clicks, IBM customers and partners can now quickly and easily deploy customized and fully-tested software appliances to physical, virtual or cloud environments, and IBM is offering virtual stacks on the IBM Smart Business Development Test Cloud and on Amazon EC2.
"We see tremendous value in software appliances as it gives our customers and partners unprecedented flexibility combined with greater speed-to-market and lower overall costs"
Jean Staten Healy–Director, Linux strategy, IBM
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