HP bundles Linux solution from Novell

HP has signed a new open-source bundling license agreement with Novell to offer HP customers a bundled Linux solution based on Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and that is certified to run on HP's ProLiant servers and BladeSystem technologies.

The offering lowers the cost per CPU regardless of whether those CPUs are single-core, dual-core, physical or virtual, HP says. A single license is calculated per server rather than per image, meaning a customer can run multiple instances on virtual machines on the same physical server at no additional charge.

The bundle is available across the entire HP ProLiant product line and can even be applied on multiple servers. Customers also benefit from a single point of contact for hardware and operating systems, acquire HP Systems Insight Manager software for integrated management and receive virtualization capabilities for scaling to meet needs across the data center, HP says.

HP also will offer two support solutions with the Enterprise Linux 8-License Value Pack: Software Technical Support, which includes up to 24x7 coverage for all software-related incidents; and Proactive Essentials, which includes an account support plan, system health check and advanced notification of upcoming support information.