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Novell's New Program Receives Positive Feedback from ISVs and Developers
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August 27, 2009

Novell's New Program Receives Positive Feedback from ISVs and Developers

By Divya Narain
TMCnet Contributor

Massachusetts-based infrastructure software and services provider Novell (News - Alert) announced that its SUSE Appliance Program, the first end-to-end solution enabling independent software vendors (ISVs) to build, update, configure and produce on market with fully supported software and virtual appliances, has received a tremendous response.

Within the first  month of its launch, over 2,000 ISVs have signed up for the program and even more have registered for the SUSE Studio Online, the programs free Web-based tool that builds complete software appliances.
SUSE Studio Online allows for mass customization, enabling each ISV to build a unique configuration of the operating system that is fully supported by Novell. The SUSE Appliance Program enables ISVs to create one integrated stack for their application, and then seamlessly deploy that stack across physical, virtual and cloud environments.
The following numbers show the full extent of the industry's interest in SUSE Studio Online since its launch on July 28:
· 20,000 total requests for new accounts in the first four weeks of the Program, with more than one request per minute in the first week alone following the launch
· 28,000 appliances built
· 13,000 appliances tested with SUSE Studio's innovative integrated test function
· Since the beta program started four months ago, more than 27,000 total accounts created
In speaking of the company’s new program, Markus Rex, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell believes that the program’s enthusiastic reception predicts a promising future in software solutions.
"The SUSE Appliance Program will fundamentally shift the paradigm of software deployment by making it easy to build, manage and sell software appliances to create a better software experience for customers," said Rex.

Novell's infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships allow it to seamlessly integrate mixed IT environments. Last month, TMCnet reported that Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service has been selected by National Vision, one of the largest optical retailers in the United States

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Divya Narain is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Divya’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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