BMW, Siemens Welcome Interoperability Benefits of Microsoft-Novell Agreement

<p><strong>Redmond, Wash. &mdash; Sept. 20</strong><br />BMW AG and Siemens Corp. have became the latest customers to take advantage of the collaboration between Microsoft Corp. and Novell that enables IT interoperability in mixed-source environments.<br /><br />Under two separate agreements, Microsoft will deliver to BMW and Siemens each certificates for three-year priority support subscriptions to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell. </p><p>The agreements, which will help the companies run both Microsoft Windows and SUSE Linux Enterprise systems seamlessly together, demonstrate Microsoft and Novell&#39;s ongoing commitment to helping customers reduce overall cost, increase efficiencies and address the challenges of operating in mixed-source environments.<br /><br />BMW and Siemens join a steadily growing group of European companies, including Credit Suisse and HSBC, that are benefiting from Novell and Microsoft&#39;s agreement to jointly build and support solutions to improve interoperability, deliver powerful new virtualization capabilities and provide intellectual property (IP) peace of mind.<br /><br />"Interoperability remains one of the top challenges for our customers, and through our current alliance with Microsoft, we are providing solutions to meet this challenge," said Susan Heystee, Novell vice president and general manager of global strategic alliances. "These two companies &mdash; BMW and Siemens &mdash; have dramatically different businesses, yet the same technology platform can be leveraged to increase their efficiencies internally, and for us, that equates to continued growth of SUSE Linux Enterprise in the market."</p><p>Susan Hauser, Microsoft general manager of strategic partnerships and licensing, agreed. </p><p>"Customers have asked us for solutions that make Microsoft products work better with other…


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