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June 01, 2010
Microsoft Teams Up with Novell to Offer High Performance Computing

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

As companies realize the benefits of processing data with greater accuracy, service providers have been offering them solutions that fit the bill and complete the task quicker. Recently, Microsoft and Novell reported strong demand for their high-performance computing interoperability solution. According to the companies, 33 shared customers have deployed the sophisticated server workload management solution across SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Windows HPC Server.

The partnership between the two companies is expected to bring down the overall cost of High Performance Computing (HPC) and improve cross-platform manageability.

In the past, Microsoft (News - Alert) and Novell have added HPC customer accounts in a wide range of geographies and industries, such as the financial, healthcare, higher education and technology sectors. HPC customers now can gain the critical flexibility they need to simplify systems management, claims Microsoft. Also, IT managers can balance server workloads by running specific applications on the platform of their choosing, as they now have the capacity to dynamically switch between the Windows or Linux platforms.

“Companies around the world are realizing the benefits of our joint interoperable cross-platform technical solutions,” said Ted MacLean, general manager for Strategic Partnerships and Licensing at Microsoft. “The fact that we’re able to address a real need in the HPC market is evidenced by the number of licenses we’ve issued. These solutions, coupled with Novell’s (News - Alert) proven technical support programs, make it easier than ever for our customers to have confidence.”

According to Microsoft, this HPC solution represents another joint technical initiative that delivers value to customers and partners. Improving datacenter optimization for customers all over the globe, this partnership continues to broaden its joint technical scope.

Recently, Microsoft released Office 2010 to business users around the world. The Financial Times (News - Alert) listed the most noteworthy new features as: co-authoring capabilities, as well as Microsoft Office Web Apps – which are online companions to Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. Microsoft also rolled out 2010 versions of SharePoint, SQL Server and Exchange Server enterprise server platforms.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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