Comments on the Microsoft & Novell Interoperability Collaboration

Published: November 02, 2006 | Updated: November 02, 2006


“This technology and business collaboration provides a model that allows Microsoft and Novell to develop new solutions to enable open source and proprietary software to work better together in a mixed source environment. We applaud these two companies for doing the hard work to build a bridge between Window and Linux,”

-- Shane Robison, EVP, Chief Strategy & Technology Officer, Hewlett-Packard Company

State of Delaware

“One of the key challenges in government is IT interoperability. We commend Microsoft and Novell for their collaboration and their efforts to build bridges in the interoperability area, which will help government to better serve our customers, our business community and our citizens,”

-- Thomas Jarrett, Secretary of the Department of Technology/CIO, State of Delaware.

Bell Canada

“This agreement is a positive example of how companies with different business models and approaches to intellectual property can work together. Hopefully this is a model that others in the industry will repeat. Intellectual property is a currency of exchange in the software marketplace and today’s announcement is an important step in the continued progress of the IT industry as a whole.”

-- Eugene Roman, Group President, Systems and Technologies, Bell Canada

City of Seattle

“The City of Seattle’s IT staff supports a number of different operating environments, including Microsoft Windows, Novell NetWare and several varieties of Unix/Linux. All of these environments require separate physical servers, and our data center is running out of space. This new Microsoft-Novell collaboration agreement could allow significant virtualization of servers, reducing the number of physical platforms we’d have to maintain. That, in turn, reduces costs for maintenance, electricity, cooling and space, saving taxpayer dollars, and helping improve of stewardship of the environment. This helps to meet key goals set by Mayor Greg Nickels in his Climate Action Plan.”

-- Bill Schrier, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle


“This announcement validates both open source and proprietary software and is a tremendous development for the IT industry. By addressing open source IP issues and focusing on enabling greater interoperability between their open source and proprietary products, Novell and Microsoft have sent a strong signal to the industry – it’s about customers, collaboration and innovation. Let’s hope others follow their example,”

-- Catherine A. Allen, CEO, Bitstream

Ingram Micro North America

“This collaboration of open source and proprietary software is a win-win for the IT industry and our customers because it provides greater choice when developing comprehensive solutions. This alliance allows resellers to better address the specific needs of their end-user customers -- even highly customized application needs. Congratulations to Microsoft and Novell for listening to customers, putting them first, and taking such a forward-looking approach.”

-- Jodi Honore, Vice President, Vendor Management, Ingram Micro North America


“One of the results of the rapid growth of open source software is a world of “mixed code”, IT environments comprised of both commercial and open source software. At Palamida, we are dedicated to assisting our customers with the new intellectual property (IP) compliance, licensing and software asset management issues that result.

From our perspective, today’s announcement from Microsoft and Novell is an important advance in interoperability in this mixed code world – interoperability not only with respect to technical issues, but also to IP issues. This is a major win for customers who will now receive a whole new level of support and assurance in their deployment of mixed code IT environments.”

-- Mark Tolliver, CEO Palamida


"In everything we do, we put our customers first. It is heartening to see longtime competitors like Microsoft and Novell do the same for the long term benefit of the IT industry customers. Meaningful collaboration between leading software vendors that builds bridges between proprietary and open source software is necessary for the IT industry. We welcome these initiatives and hope to see others join in."

-- Eric Wilson, SVP and CIO of Raley's


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