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Novell now offers SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, 11 on Amazon Web Services

Johannesburg, 19 Aug 2010
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Novell today announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS) will offer hourly based pricing and support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Customers and independent software vendors (ISVs) of all sizes will have the ability to run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11 on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) paying only for the hours they use.

The new offerings will be available in all instance sizes and in every AWS region around the world. In addition, Novell will provide a maintenance service on AWS so customers can keep their SLES instances up-to-date with Novell's most current security patches, bug fixes and new features.

Novell offers its enterprise Linux distribution with a seamless purchasing experience and the widest range of support options. Novell enables Amazon EC2 users to purchase maintenance subscriptions for enterprise Linux instances directly on Amazon EC2 without first signing a separate licence agreement. Through the SUSE Cloud Programme, service providers can also enhance SUSE Linux Enterprise Server instances by either reselling Novell's technical support or delivering their own support services backed by Novell's expertise.

“Amazon Web Services provides enterprise customers with secure, reliable and utility priced computing infrastructure as an on demand service,” said Terry Wise, director of business development, Amazon Web Services. “We are pleased to see Novell providing an easy way for customers to leverage the enterprise class SUSE Linux distribution on the Amazon EC2 platform. This offering provides enterprise customers and ISVs with a commercially maintained and supported Linux distribution that is easy-to-use and purchase.”

SUSE Cloud Programme

The SUSE Cloud Programme is a key component of Novell's strategy to deliver innovative solutions for the intelligent workload management market. With the SUSE Cloud Programme and tools like SUSE Studio Novell makes it easy for cloud vendors to offer differentiated services that speed customer acquisition. For enterprises, the SUSE Cloud Programme means they can have a common Linux platform across the physical and virtual environments behind their firewall, and then a pay-for-use version of that Linux in the cloud.

In addition to Amazon Web Services, service provider partners who have joined the SUSE Cloud Programme include Fujitsu, IBM and Vodacom Business.

“We are pleased that industry leaders like Amazon Web Services are able to leverage the SUSE Cloud Programme to provide even more choices to their customers,” said Markus Rex, senior vice-president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell. “Through the SUSE Cloud Programme, Novell is offering cloud providers a versatile Linux platform, complete with certified Linux applications and a robust solution for building cloud-based workloads in SUSE Studio. This programme further extends Novell's leadership in the intelligent workload management market.”

For more information about the SUSE Cloud Programme, visit


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1 “Worldwide Software Appliance 2008-2012 Forecast: A Workload Analysis” IDC #213783, August 2008

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