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Novell and IBM Deliver DB2 Software for SUSE Gallery and SUSE Studio Customers

WALTHAM, Mass. | February 28, 2011

Novell today announced DB2, IBM's highly successful database software, is now available as an easy-to-use online download on SUSE® Gallery and as an adaptable template within SUSE Studio™. Today's announcement builds on Novell's momentum to deliver software appliances across a range of IBM software, including WebSphere, Lotus and Smart Business, all powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise.

DB2 is the first IBM software available for download from SUSE Gallery, an online showcase where users can browse, download and publish software appliances and cloud-based applications. The DB2 template is also available within Novell's appliance-building tool SUSE Studio, which greatly simplifies the process of creating an appliance based on DB2 database software. As a result, ISVs have the choice of downloading DB2 as a software appliance from SUSE Gallery and using it immediately, or using SUSE Studio to customize the database image to fit their specific needs.

"Businesses are looking for new ways to quickly build and deploy software applications in support of growth initiatives," said Boris Bialek, director, IBM Information Management Technology Ecosystem. "The availability of IBM DB2 software as a SUSE Linux Enterprise appliance provides our joint customers with more flexibility to deploy these applications using any combination of on-premise and cloud computing environments."

In addition to offering DB2 as part of the SUSE Appliance Program, Novell is also announcing new ways to access IBM information management technologies including:

  • SUSE-powered IBM Smart Analytics Systems - Available now, the IBM Smart Analytics System 1050 and IBM Smart Analytics System 2050 are cost-effective solutions for the midmarket and departments looking to quickly deploy analytics capabilities on a powerful warehousing foundation.
  • IBM Information Management in the Amazon Cloud - Customers can run many of the proven IBM platform technologies including IBM DB2 and Informix database software on Amazon EC2. These offerings are now available on the newest version of the industry's most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing, SUSE Linux Enterprise 11.

As the first to market with Linux-based Information Management software appliances, Novell and IBM are delivering solutions that help organizations accelerate service delivery by embracing virtualization and cloud computing," said Markus Rex, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell. "Through our latest collaboration and release of the IBM DB2 appliance and template, there are now more ways than ever to access IBM Information Management solutions from on-premise environments to the cloud.

About the SUSE Appliance Program
Since its launch in July 2009, Novell has had overwhelming support from IBM and other market leaders for the SUSE Appliance Program—the first, complete, end-to-end solution that enables ISVs to rapidly build, update, configure and go to market with fully supported software and virtual appliances. Built on the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform, the SUSE Appliance Program is transforming the way ISVs package and distribute software offerings, enabling them to quickly deliver existing applications to physical, virtual and cloud computing environments, reduce sales cycles and pursue new market opportunities. Available online and on-premise, SUSE Studio is an innovative tool for creating, testing and deploying software appliances. SUSE Studio has more than 110,000 registered users who have built more than 650,000 appliances.

Availability
The IBM DB2 certified appliance is now available within SUSE Gallery at http://susegallery.com/a/CT44P8/db2-express-c-972-sles11-sp1-64-bit or http://susegallery.com/a/CT44P8/db2-express-c-972-sles11-sp1-32-bit.

The template for IBM DB2 is available now within SUSE Studio Online at http://susestudio.com/templates.

For more information about the SUSE Appliance Program visit www.novell.com/appliances. For a full range of SUSE Linux Enterprise appliances with IBM visit http://www.novell.com/ibm/appliance.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL), a leader in intelligent workload management, through WorkloadIQ™, helps organizations securely deliver and manage computing services across physical, virtual and cloud computing environments. We help customers reduce the cost, complexity, and risk associated with their IT systems through our solutions for identity and security, systems management, collaboration and Linux-based operating platforms. With our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit www.novell.com.

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Charlotte Betterley
Novell, Inc.
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