Microsoft and Novell marked the third anniversary of collaboration agreement during a gathering of IT executives at Society of Information Management SIMPosium 09 conference in Seattle. Three years after they first inked their interoperability collaboration agreement, more than 475 customers have successfully future-proofed their Windows and Linux operations by helping ensure business continuity, minimize risk and optimize mixed-source infrastructure. As a result, Microsoft and Novell announced that more than 20 of these new joint customers’ve signed up for a subscription service launched a year ago by Novell. The service provides expanded support, and for customers running other Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, support subscriptions qualify them for intellectual property (IP) peace of mind from Microsoft, while they transition to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell.
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