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New Owner of Novell Might Be Cloud Expo Sponsor VMware
Wall Street Journal is reporting VMware is in talks to acquire Novell's Linux software unit
By: Jeremy Geelan
Sep. 17, 2010 03:15 AM
Who is buying Novell? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that VMware is in talks to acquire Novell's Linux software unit. Novell, adds the Journal, is in "advanced talks with at least two buyers." VMware's primary interest would be in purchasing Novell's SUSE Linux operating system business, experts agree.
Gartner VP Chris Wolf says "I think acquiring a mainstream Linux distro makes sense for VMware" and notes:
"If VMware acquires Novell SUSE Linux, it will have a vertical offering much like Microsoft, Oracle, and Red Hat.
Larry Dignan maps the - very impressive - software stack that VMware would have, were it to make the acquisition:
If VMware did buy SUSE it would have:
The two companies have been growing closer lately. In June 2010 VMware and Novell announced an expansion to their strategic partnership with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement through which VMware agreed to distribute and support the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server OS. Under the agreement, VMware declared its intention to standardize its virtual appliance-based product offerings on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
At the time of that announcement, Raghu Raghuram, Sr. VP & and General Manager of the Virtualization and Cloud Platforms at VMware, stressed that “VMware’s mission is to reduce IT complexity and provide customers a pragmatic path to the cloud.”
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