Deal to help computer maker deliver apps as ready-to-deploy virtual or hardware appliances
Dell has joined Novell’s SUSE Appliance Program, one that reportedly helps the computer maker to build, set up and maintain its software appliances.
The agreement is expected to help Dell to deliver applications as ready-to-deploy virtual or hardware appliances powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise.
Dell Platform vice-president marketing Sally Stevens said the company chose Novell because it provides an easy way to package and deliver software appliances.
"By developing software appliances on SUSE Linux Enterprise, our joint customers get a flexible and cost effective solution for delivering applications to physical, virtual and cloud computing environments," Stevens added.
Using the application program, which Novell says helps independent software vendors to create software appliances such as an email server for a small office, Dell will reportedly be able to deliver "plug and play" appliances that lower the cost and simplify deploying applications for their customers.
Under the deal, Dell will use Novell’s appliance-creation and lifecycle management tools to build fully-supported virtual and hardware appliances as well as distribute application and operating system patches and updates.
The software appliance form factor consists of a pre-configured, ready-to-run combination of OS, middleware and application.