Dell’s collaboration with Microsoft and Novell enables our customers to implement comprehensive interoperability solutions with Dell PowerEdge™ servers running Windows Server® 2008 with Hyper-V™ 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-V 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. This communication helps the hypervisor and guest machines optimize one another’s operating systems in a "paravirtualized" environment.

These adapters are built-in to Windows Server 2008 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server so that the advantages of heterogeneous virtualization are available out of the box. This paravirtualization approach is an emerging trend and is designed to exact fast, efficient performance from existing chips.

Interoperability Virtualization Diagram


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 enables customers to leverage their existing investments and streamline systems and 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.