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IBM Teams With Novell On Linux-Based Middleware-Server Package

IBM deepened its commitment to the small and midsize business market on Monday by announcing a partnership with Novell to deliver two integrated bundles of Linux-based middleware that can be more easily integrated into Windows environments.

Unveiled at LinuxWorld in Boston, the first offering, put together by Novell, includes the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, the Websphere Application Server Community Edition and DB2 Express-C. Initially, the bundle will be available through Avnet’s partner channel. Also contained in the bundle is the IBM eServer xSeries or BladeCenter servers with either external or internal storage.

As an option, Avnet will preload Centeris’ Likewise product for Active Directory integration and management. The software makes it easier for systems administrators familiar with Windows to manage the product using familiar tools and interfaces.

“The easier integration with Windows really happens because Avnet is including the Centeris application,” says Scott Handy, IBM’s vice president in charge of Linux and open source. “It makes Linux servers look like a Windows resource, which makes it easier for them to do thing like add a file and print server or Linux-based Web server to the network as if it was a Windows server.”

The second offering, available through IBM, is aimed at both partners and users. It also includes the Websphere Application Server Community Edition and DB2 Express-C, and eServer xSeries server. However, it also includes a demo version of VMWare player hosting Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.

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