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28 July 2009, 15:17

Novell announces SUSE Appliance Program

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The SUSE Studio appliance creation interface.
Zoom The SUSE Studio appliance creation interface.
Source: Novell
Novell has announced the launch of the SUSE Appliance Program for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). With the Appliance Program, ISVs can can create software appliances, such as an email server for a small office, using SUSE Linux Enterprise or openSUSE and SUSE Studio, test their appliances and get them to the market.

A software appliance is an application and a pre-configured operating system with any unnecessary capabilities removed, often called a Just Enough Operating System (JeOS), integrated into a single image. Software appliances are typically created for a single purpose with a specific function and are ideal for companies running virtualisation.

Previously in beta, SUSE Studio is a web-based appliance creation tool for SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE that allows users to fully customise and share their appliance. A technical preview of the SUSE Appliance Tool kit is also available and includes update, access and configuration management capabilities. Novell has already gained support for the SUSE Appliance Program from several ISVs, including Adobe, HP, IBM, SAP and VMware.

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