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Issue Date: June 2008

Novell joins Microsoft Server Virtualisation Validation Programme

12 June 2008

Novell has announced it has joined Microsoft's Server Virtualisation Validation Programme. As a result of Novell's participation in this programme, customers will be able to confidently run Windows Server 2008 as a virtualised guest on top of the Xen hypervisor in SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 and receive cooperative support from either company.
Novell is currently running the tests required by the validation process in the Server Virtualisation Validation Programme, and expects the tests to be completed by August 2008.
Microsoft has formally announced the Server Virtualisation Validation Programme, a new programme to enable vendors to validate the combination of Windows Server 2008 as a virtual machine guest running on third party server virtualisation solutions. Under the programme, vendors will self-test and validate certain technical requirements of their server virtualisation software running Windows Server 2008 as a guest operating system.
Through the existing Novell-Microsoft technical collaboration agreement, Novell was an early participant to the Server Virtualisation Validation Programme and helped Microsoft fine tune many of the parameters of the Server Virtualisation Validation Programme. This work included helping to define and validate the technical tests and using the joint Microsoft/Novell Interoperability Lab.
"We continue to hear from customers that they want to run Windows Server
2008 as a virtualised guest on top of SUSE Linux Enterprise," said Carlos Montero-Luque, vice president of product management for Linux and Open Platform Solutions at Novell. "Novell is excited to extend the ongoing technical collaboration efforts between Novell and Microsoft to the Server Virtualisation Validation Programme, which will give customers the performance, security and reliability that comes with running Windows Server 2008 as a virtual guest on SUSE Linux Enterprise."


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