Novell, Microsoft Partner on Server Virtualization, Server 2008 on SuSE
Novell announced last Wednesday that it has joined Microsoft's Server Virtualization
Novell's participation will allow customers to run Windows Server 2008 as a
virtualized guest on top of Xen hypervisor in SuSE Linux Enterprise 10, with
the ability to receive cooperative support from either company.
The Microsoft program, formally announced June 11, requires third-party virtualization
solutions to pass a series of predefined technical tests before being validated
by the company. Novell said it expects to complete the requirements by August
"We continue to hear from customers that they want to run Windows Server
2008 as a virtualized guest on top of SuSE Linux Enterprise," said Carlos
Montero-Luque, vice president of product management for Linux and Open Platform
Solutions at Novell, in a prepared statement. "Novell is excited to extend
the ongoing technical collaboration efforts between Novell and Microsoft to
the Server Virtualization Validation Program, which will give customers the
performance, security and reliability that comes with running Windows Server
2008 as a virtual guest on SuSE Linux Enterprise."
As an early participant in the program, Novell helped Microsoft fine-tune many
of the parameters of the Server Virtualization Validation Program, including
helping the company define the required technical tests for participation.
Currently, SuSE Linux Enterprise is the only Xen hypervisor on which Microsoft
will provide full support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 running
as a virtual guest.
Chris Riedel is a freelance writer based in Florida.