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Virtual appliances will run Novell's OS; better storage integration

This week's VMware news roundup includes news that VMware virtual appliances adopt Novell SUSE Linux as the standard OS, and two vendors promise greater support for VMware.

In this edition of VMware at a glance, there is news that VMware virtual appliances will adopt Novell SUSE Linux. Additionally, Dell and Symantec promise greater support for VMware environments.

VMware to standardize on Novell SUSE Linux
VMware and Novell just inked a new partnership that will eventually make Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server the default OS for every VMware virtual appliance. For customers, this deal promises more consistency with VMware virtual appliances. It should also provide Novell a competitive edge over Red Hat and Ubuntu Linux distributions.

Dell EqualLogic PS6000XVS adds automated tiered storage
Dell added new VMware support in its EqualLogic PS6000XVS iSCSI storage series. Using vSphere vStorage application programming interfaces, Dell's storage product can now offload certain processes -- such as snapshots and cloning -- to the disk array, without taxing the host CPU resources. Other features include storage area network-accelerated provisioning of new virtual machines (VMs), VM templates, snapshot processing and more.

Symantec to consolidate Veritas Cluster Server and storage resource management applications
Later this year, Symantec Corp. will release a vCenter application monitoring tool and clustered network file system for VMware. Symantec wants to make headway with VMware users by strengthening its relationship with the virtualization market share leader.

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