I previously wrote about some changes to Novell’s Demo Systems (http://www.novell.com/communities/node/6670/novell-demo-systems-newsflash). I am now pleased to announce that the availability of the new Novell Utopia demonstration images. All Novell Partners can access these demo images through the Novell Online Demonstration System or at download.novell.com/directed. The DVDs will begin to arrive to subscribers (for example, Gold and Platinum Solution Providers) in May 2009.
New Demonstration Images
In the past we have been unable to share our virtual machine images containing Windows and other Microsoft software with our partner community due to restrictions in our licensing agreement with Microsoft. Novell Demo Systems have recently signed up to the Microsoft VHD Test Drive Program, which for the first time gives us a compliant process for sharing customized Windows virtual machine images with our partners. As a result we have decided to standardize our DVD ( http://www.novell.com/communities/glossary/term/1333 ) offering to a single kit that will be the same for Novell employees and partners. This allows Novell and its Partners to easily customize and share demos with each other.
While the Novell-owned Linux images will continue to be supplied with PartnerNet demo licences, the Windows virtual machines will ship with a 30-day evaluation licence. Utopia subscribers will then be able to choose whether to use them for the evaluation period or activate them using their own Microsoft MSDN or TechNet keys. Further advice regarding which subscription levels can be used for activation will follow shortly.
This is great news for our partners because it gives them a complete Utopia demo offering for the first time, without the need for them to build the Windows components themselves. We hope that this change will accelerate adoption of the demo system by partners and help them to win more Novell business through the use of high quality pre-built solution demos.
The Novell Online Demo System aka NODS is a farm of servers on which Novell hosts all of the Utopia demos for remote-control access by employees and partners. We have seen significant growth in demand for NODS demos over the last year and have been planning an upgrade to the infrastructure for several months.
The NODS infrastructure has recently been upgraded in our datacenters in Provo and Nuremberg, and will shortly be upgraded in Sydney. We hope the combination of new larger capacity servers and new functionality being developed for the NODS Provisioning Portal will deliver a better, faster service for your remote demo needs.
More details, including dates, will be posted here as soon as we have them. For more information on Utopia & NODS please visit