HP, Novell team on licensing

HP, Novell offer bundling license for users running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on HP servers

Hewlett-Packard and Novell have teamed up to offer a bundling license they say makes it easier and cheaper to run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) on HP servers.

The Enterprise Linux 8-License Value Pack provides a subscription of Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for up to eight HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers. The bundle also includes Novell's AppArmor security application.

Licenses apply for any combination of 8 ProLiant tower, rack or blade servers with up to four single-core or dual-core processors per machine. In addition, for those users with virtualized environments, there is no extra charge for virtual machines, said Jeffrey Wade, worldwide marketing manager for HP's open source and Linux organization.

The license costs US$5,700 per year and includes support for 25 incidents.

The bundle is similar to one HP released with Novell rival Red Hat in Sept. 2005, although that agreement was only around HP's blade servers.

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