News broke yesterday that Attachmate was buying up Novell.Â â€śWho cares?â€ť was my original thought.Â Linux admins are very wary of Novell so SLES does not have the usage of RHEL (corporate) or CentOS (hosting).Â As for XenWorks â€¦ hmm.
But, Virtualization.Info posted an article that made me pay attention.Â Hereâ€™s the highlights: Novell own Platespin and they make a really good virtualisation assessment tool.Â Microsoftâ€™s MAP is OK (currently 5.5 release) but the data it produces is a bit basic and hidden away for my liking.Â Averages are misleading.Â Standard deviations are more useful.Â Iâ€™ve found the Platespin reports to be quite useful for host sizing.
And it appears that Novell has done quite a lot of work on cloud and workflow automation across multiple hypervisors.Â I didnâ€™t know that.Â The original article mentions trouble with Opalis.Â Iâ€™m yet to see a good MS explanation on it.Â
But hereâ€™s the really interesting bit â€¦ Microsoft might be able to get its hands on some of the assets.Â Check the original article for more details.Â This could really add some clout to the MS offering.
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