Novell Aids Xen Virtualization at Bmw Group

By: Anthony Fontanelle

Novell, a leader in the infrastructure software for the Open Enterprise, earlier announced that the BMW Group is using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell® with integrated Xen* virtualization software to implement virtualized workloads in its data center, thus reducing hardware costs and simplifying deployment.

After extensive testing by BMW IT Research Center staff in North America and Germany, the automaker is now ready to deploy virtualized data center solutions using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLED) 10 and Xen hypervisor on Intel x86 dual-core servers with Intel Virtualization Technology. BMW joins a number of automakers like Audi, which is also running Novell's SUSE Linux operating system. With the technology around, it won't be hard for the automaker to track the developments of BMW muffler and other auto parts as well as the updates in the day-to-day business.

According to BMW, Xen virtualization technology built into SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 will allow the company to increase flexibility in managing server life cycles. BMW will also gain operational and cost advantages in other areas, in addition to having a flatter support structure through the integrated operating system and virtualization layer. Hardware resources can be more efficiently used through server consolidation, and BMW is able to cluster virtual servers and migrate them live from one physical server to another as needed. The company is also currently evaluating Novell ZENworks Orchestrator as a way to manage the resulting virtual data center systems.

"The BMW Group is taking advantage of what the market is just discovering, that Xen open source virtualization software fully integrated in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is a viable alternative to proprietary virtualization solutions, providing high performance at a lower cost," said Roger Levy, vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions for Novell. "Integration ensures all pieces of the solution work well together, and as is the case with open source software, it eliminates vendor lock-in and enhances customer choice." The automaker added the Xen virtualization technology will allow the company to increase flexibility in managing server life cycles.

According to consumers, SUSE Linux Enterprise, the next-generation platform for the open enterprise, is the best-engineered, lowest-cost and most interoperable platform for enterprise computing, from the desktop to the data center. As a fact, more and more businesses are using the technology to increase leverage. Capgemini, for one, has also entered into a partnership with Novell. The latter will deliver new solutions to enterprise customers using a combination of open source and proprietary software.

Under terms of the agreement, Capgemini will improve its open source consulting practice with Novell capabilities, specifically centered on the deployment of IT solutions using SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell along with mixed-source applications and management tools. What's more, customers can deploy a Linux platform across their entire desktop-to-data center infrastructures with extra confidence that only a global consulting leader could offer.

"We are pleased to enter into this partnership with Novell," said Paul Hermelin, Capgemini CEO. "Every day we hear from more customers that open source is becoming a critical part of their IT strategy as they seek choice and value. Capgemini prides itself on its ability to help customers identify and deploy mission-critical technologies that will help them improve their IT infrastructure effectiveness, and this partnership with Novell is critical to fulfilling these needs. Novell, through its SUSE Linux Enterprise platform and ZENworks management suite, is a key vendor offering a complete solution."

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