Dell joins the SUSE Appliance Program
Novell has announced that Dell has become the latest participant in the SUSE Appliance Program. This program allows the use of SUSE Studio to develop software applications and for their subsequent distribution. According to Novell, just a few weeks after its introduction in mid-2009, 2,000 ISVs had signed up.
Dell says it plans to expand its participation in the SUSE Appliance Program in order to strengthen its Linux offerings. The decision has been taken largely because of the simplicity of producing appliances with SUSE Studio; in its announcement, Sally Stevens, vice president of platform marketing, stated: "We selected Novell because they provided an easy way for us to package and deliver software appliances.”
According to IDC forecasts, the software appliance market will pass the $1 billion point during 2011 and should grow to $3.7 billion by 2014.