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Novell stays focused on customer needs

F.Y. Teng | Dec. 23, 2010
As Christmas approaches, Novell continues to work on making SUSE Linux more secure, stable, open and reliable for enterprises working with heterogeneous environments and moving onto the cloud. And Red Hat chooses to crow about its business in the last quarter.

SINGAPORE, DECEMBER 23, 2010 Executives of Novell, Inc. and NEC Corporation announced recently that their joint offering of a high-availability and disaster recovery solution optimised for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server had gone to market. The solution, NEC EXPRESSCLUSTER X 3.0, makes it easier for IT organisations to ensure business continuity for environments containing both Linux and Windows workloads, they said in a press release issued on December 15.

Customers can now use EXPRESSCLUSTER and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to implement highly available business continuity solutions in mission-critical heterogeneous IT environments utilising physical, virtual and cloud-based resources, they went on to say. EXPRESSCLUSTER also simplifies the customer's environment by supporting the configuration and management of mixed Linux and Windows cluster environments from a single console.

Executives of Novell and NEC also made it clear that their companies are working jointly to meet new market needs and to design, deliver, service and support optimised solutions for users worldwide.

Perhaps, such developments are intended to allay the trepidation of some SUSE Linux customers after the Attachmate Corporation acquisition of Novell was announced in late November. According to sources at the company, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Windows is currently used by two-thirds of the 2010 Fortune Global 100…is the only Linux distribution recommended by Microsoft, recommended by SAP AG for running SAP solutions on Linux, and is distributed and supported by VMware.

In a number of pronouncements these past few weeks, Attachmate's Chairman and CEO Jeff Hawn has expressed his commitment to open source and the SUSE Linux community. Hawn also went as far as to say in a discussion with an OpenSuse Community Manager earlier this week (December 20) that Attachmate view[s] SUSE as a well regarded and proven technology in the open source and enterprise Linux community, that it want[s] to further build upon that, and that it intend[s] for SUSE to continue to provide the same high quality open source technology solutions.

Altogether, these are signs that indicate continuity for the SUSE Linux business.

Red Hat crows
For its part, Red Hat sent out a seven-page statement on Tuesday (December 21) on its third quarter financial results. The gist of it appeared right at the top of the first page. Revenue of [US]$236 million, up 21% from the prior year…GAAP [generally accepted accounting practices] operating income up 92%, non-GAAP operating income up 26% from the prior year… Deferred revenue of [US]$685 million, up 11% from the prior year…Operating Cash Flow of [US]$71 million, up 31% from the prior year, ran the proclamation. The rest of the statement was replete with numbers which will prove useful to teachers of accounting.