Hewlett-Packard has identified Linux as critical to selling its BladeSystem server technology and this week revealed partnerships with both Red Hat and Novell. HP and Red Hat plan to make the latter's Global File System cluster-management software available with HP Serviceguard for Linux, a move expected to help users keep systems up to date with the latest security patches and updates. HP also introduced its Virus Throttle for Linux, a security technology designed to work against viruses, even new viruses that aren't well known to the software.
Partnerships abounded this week at the show, with all of the expected back slapping and handshaking. Rather than list them all (not sure if I could anyway), here are some of the highlights:
The latest Novell Validated Configuration Program, which debuted Monday at LinuxWorld, includes SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and HP BladeSystem servers running a variety of relevant, high-performance computing applications, including Scali's Manage/MPI Connect for infrastructure and ongoing management, Altair Engineering's PBS Professional for workload management and job scheduling, and PolyServe's Matrix Server and Cluster Volume Manager for NFS file serving. "Companies need to know pieces work together and who will help them," Efrain Rovira, worldwide director of HP's Open-Source and Linux Group, told me. "They want to know that component A will work with component B without breaking."
Dell said it will sell and support both MySQL databases and the JBoss application server. That means the Round Rock, Texas, computer maker is now supporting two more layers of the Lamp (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl) stack. This software stack, pieces of which are furnished by various vendor and open-source groups, is taking on the Microsoft Windows behemoth on servers. Novell also pledged that the company and its partners will sell MySQL support.
IBM said at LinuxWorld that it plans to add support for the open-source Firefox Web browser to its light Domino Web Access client.
Black Duck Software, a provider of compliance-management software, and Olliance Group, an open-source management consulting firm, this week revealed an alliance (why couldn't they just use the word "partner" like everyone else?) to help clients develop and implement strategies to deal with the business, technical, and risk-management issues posed by open-source software. This news came as the Open Source Development Labs said it's creating a central repository of patents to benefit Linux users.
Coming soon ... the great desktop Linux controversy ...