Today BMW AG and Siemens Corp. today became the latest customers to hop on board the Microsoft-Novell bandwagon. For those of you keeping score at home, good for you, because I’m not.
According to a joint release fired off from Redmond and Waltham, Mass. simultaneously , 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.
BMW and Siemens join a small but growing group of European companies, including Credit Suisse and HSBC, which have already signed on to Novell and Microsoft’s agreement to jointly build and support applications to improve interoperability, virtualization capabilities, and provide intellectual property assistance to customers (that last point is up for debate).
For Siemens, the agreement will support the Siemens operating company through the work of the ISEC subsidiary of Siemens Enterprise Communications, which is responsible for customer software application development and management worldwide. Due to the large quantity of current and legacy Linux applications in customer environments, Siemens has a need for Windows and Linux platform compatibility.
The agreement will enable BMW’s dual-vendor data center strategy, supporting worldwide corporate computing services and many human resources, marketing and financial applications.
Don’t you just love the smell of a press release in the morning? Regardless, this is yet another customer (two, actually) that believes the Microsoft-Novell approach to interoperability is the right one.