Microsoft will deliver SUSE Linux Enterprise Server subscription certificates to Wal-Mart according to the interoperability agreement between Windows and Linux. Wal-Mart has explained that interoperability along with intellectual property assurance and joint support have acted as factors determining the decision to embrace the Microsoft and Novell alliance.
“Customers tell us every day that they need to operate a cost-effective IT organization and leverage the most they can out of their investments,” said Ron Hovsepian, president and CEO of Novell. “Through our relationship with Microsoft, we’ve created new opportunities for enterprise interoperability and virtualization that ultimately result in real savings for our customers. We are delighted that Wal-Mart has chosen SUSE Linux Enterprise, and we look forward to collaborating with them for many years.”