Guest post by Michael Applebaum
Novell is excited to serve as a founding partner of IBM's cloud computing initiatives, as part of our broader vision of flexible, secure and portable enterprise computing. We're proud to support Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, announced today. This new offering will help customers reduce provisioning times, make better use of IT resources and reduce labor costs. Novell's strength in enterprise infrastructure software, expertise in supporting heterogeneous IT environments, and leading ecosystem of supported Linux applications enable us to play a major role in cloud computing.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is today a key operating system platform within the IBM cloud, having proven its mettle as the first OS available for the IBM developer cloud during IBM's technical preview and beta release. With Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, Novell expands our cloud leadership. We continue to innovate and partner with IBM across all IBM hardware platforms (System x, System z and Power Systems), while optimizing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for all major virtualization platforms (Xen, KVM, VMware, Hyper-V on x86 – as well as z/VM and PowerVM). This gives our customers maximum choice, flexibility and value.
The cloud computing world is a dynamic one and the journey is just beginning for many organizations. With Novell's expanded partnership and offerings with IBM, we look forward to making that journey a secure, manageable and profitable one for customers.
I'm also interested in hearing your views toward cloud computing. How do you plan to use cloud-based offerings? What benefits or inhibitors have you experienced?