Amul Shah on 23 Sep 2010 08:46:50 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Virtual Side Topic

  • From: Amul Shah <>
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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] Virtual Side Topic
  • Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 11:46:40 -0400
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I thought it was this:

Comprehensive Technologies Support

We understand you have to deal with a variety of technologies in your data center. We've made it easy for everything to work together, by making sure that Novell technologies will seamlessly integrate into your mixed environment.

Learn more about the wide range of operating systems that are fully supported as paravirtualized and fully virtualized guest operating systems running on top of Xen-enabled SUSE Linux Enterprise Servers: "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 - Virtualization Technology Support."

As part of our interoperability agreement with Microsoft, Novell and Microsoft jointly support:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server running as an enlightened guest on Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 running as an paravirtualized guest on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Does VMWare get to run Windows paravirtualized if they acquire Novell?


On Sep 23, 2010, at 10:37 AM, Sean Cummins wrote:

Frankly, I don't see how it complements their business and why they would want it.  Better matches would be VMware buying EMC or vice versa.

EMC actually already owns 80% of VMware; EMC acquired VMware in 2003, then spun VMware off in an IPO in 2007, but still maintains about 80% ownership. EMC partners with VMware (and Cisco) in the VCE coalition, but VMware is still run completely independently -- e.g. despite being 80% owned by EMC, VMware is still free to go to market with competing storage and server/networking vendors.

My personal opinion on the potential VMware acquisition of SUSE though -- I think it would be better for VMware to remain OS/distribution independent. I'd hate to see RHEL customers ditch VMware due to VMware having an affinity for SLES. One of the factors that has helped VMware gain the market share it enjoys today has been vendor neutrality.

- Sean
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