With IT environments becoming increasingly interconnected with products from multiple vendors, interoperability is more important than ever. These enterprises are faced with challenges running multiple operating systems in their data centers, which can result in underutilized, disparate systems and high maintenance costs. Dell is committed to helping our customers run data centers efficiently and with low operating costs in heterogeneous environments, thereby enabling our customers to Run IT Better.
At Dell, we work with industry leaders on interoperability solutions that can allow customers to improve business processes and drive innovation.
Open Integration in a Proprietary World
As a result of Dell’s collaboration with Microsoft and Novell, our customers can implement comprehensive interoperability solutions with DellTM PowerEdgeTM servers running Windows Server® 2008 with Hyper-VTM and SUSE® Linux ® Enterprise 10. This solution makes it possible for customers to host virtual machines running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 on top of the Windows Server 2008 operating system using Hyper-VTM virtualization technology.
How it works:
Microsoft and Novell have delivered virtual machine adapters to facilitate communication between the Hyper-V or Xen hypervisor and the guest operating system to optimize one another’s operating system running in a “paravirtualized” environment. These adapters are built-in to Windows Server 2008 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server so that, out of the box, customers can start benefiting from the advantages of heterogeneous virtualization. The paravirtualization approach is an emerging trend and is designed to exact fast, efficient performance from existing chips.
Dell Bridges the IT Gap through Virtualized Solutions
Through combined work on virtualization, standards-based systems management, identity management and document compatibility, the Microsoft and Novell interoperability partnership enables customers to consolidate workloads to help increase efficiency and flexibility. Dell’s expansive family of award-winning servers can provide simple integration and maximum reliability, perfect for virtualizing heterogeneous IT environments.
Dell is the first major system provider to join the business collaboration that was formed by Microsoft and Novell in response to customer demand for greater interoperability and intellectual property (IP) assurance. The Windows | Linux Interoperability solution is a tested and validated solution that is ideal for customers who want a paid Linux distribution to help protect mission critical applications. This solution makes it possible for customers to leverage their existing investments and streamline systems to help control costs, reduce complexity and drive the business effectively. Currently, Dell is the only member of the Microsoft and Novell collaboration with a blades solution in the Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab.
Support for your Dell Interoperability Solution
Dell is your single source for all your Interoperability needs - with Dell ProSupport*, you can customize the level of support that suits you. Whether you are looking for expertise for specialized applications and technology, such as Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and SUSE Linux Enterprise interoperability, or proactive problem avoidance services designed to help you maximize uptime, Dell ProSupport*has the answer. Dell has aligned with Microsoft and Novell to enable you to receive enterprise-level software support and IP assurance from Microsoft and Novell for your interoperability solution.
Dell Global Infrastructure Consulting services offers end-to-end solutions to help simplify your mixed-source environment, including advice, roadmap planning, assessment of current infrastructure, and design through to validation and deployment. Dell Consultants will work with you to gain an understanding of your business objectives and IT strategy, then design plans that are flexible enough to adapt to current environments and structured to help scale to future requirements.
Dell offers a validated, supported interoperability solution designed to provide a superb out-of-the-box solution that delivers an outstanding overall value for you. As part of this solution, Dell offers 1 year or 3 year SUSE Linux Enterprise Server certificates. Please contact your sales representative for more information on Dell’s interoperability solution.