Novell and VMWare announced an expanded partnership on June 9, via which VMware will distribute and support the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system. VMware also announced plans to standardize its virtual-appliance-based product on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
The newly minted deal didn't gell well with Microsoft — especially because Microsoft execs love to trot out Novell as an example of Microsoft's interoperability love. Last week, Microsoft execs highlighted new high-performance advances achieved by Novell and Microsoft.
Patrick O'Rourke, in "VMWare figures out that virtualization is an OS feature," highlights the 3.5 year partnership between MIcrosoft and Novell, claiming it has benefited more than 475 joint customers. He claimed VMware-Novell partnership is "bad for customers as they're getting locked into an inflexible offer." O'Rourke also cites new partnership as proving VMware has "finally determined that virtualization is a server OS feature" because of the announced appliance that'll include a full version of a server OS with vSphere.
O'Rourke ended his post by pointing out VMware doesn't have a public-cloud offering like Windows Azure.