Novell Releases SUSE Gallery for Publishing and Sharing Linux-based Appliances

- SUSE Gallery provides a storefront for end users to access more than 415,000 appliances

- SUSE Appliance Program Celebrates First Anniversary with more than 82,000 users and nearly 3 million downloads

- Novell launches 'Dister' awards with $20,000 in prizes to drive innovation in appliance development

PR Newswire -- July 27, 2010

WALTHAM, Mass., July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell today released SUSE? Gallery(TM), a new online showcase for registered SUSE? Studio users to publish their appliances and cloud-based applications. With SUSE Gallery, end users can browse published appliances for the solution to their particular commercial or personal need, and then download the appliance free of charge. With an appliance, the end user avoids the typical installation and configuration headaches that come with many traditional software applications. For independent software vendors (ISVs) and other software developers, SUSE Gallery represents an opportunity to broaden the exposure of their application and reach an entirely new audience.

"A year after its debut, the SUSE Appliance Program has helped ISVs simplify distribution and deployment of their applications, get to market faster and reduce support costs for themselves and their customers," said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "SUSE Gallery is another step forward in helping software vendors accelerate their customers' evolution to a virtualized data center as they progress on the journey to cloud computing."

SUSE Gallery is the latest addition to the SUSE Appliance Program, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary today. The SUSE Appliance Program is a comprehensive business and technology program that helps ISVs simplify appliance creation, reduce development and support costs, and extend applications to the cloud. A key technology component of the SUSE Appliance Program is SUSE Studio, the industry's most successful web-based appliance creation tool with more than 82,000 registered users worldwide. The Program also includes the SUSE Appliance Toolkit, which enables ISVs and enterprises to build, manage and update appliances regardless of location.

SUSE Gallery

SUSE Gallery offers a free, web-based venue for ISVs and other users to publish and market their appliances. ISVs, corporate developers and enthusiasts can now share, promote, collaborate and freely exchange their appliances with others. Novell will not charge developers for putting their appliances in SUSE Gallery, nor will Novell charge end users for downloading appliances. SUSE Gallery provides a friction-free venue for the exchange of ideas, innovation and best practices across all sectors of the software industry.

Serving as a central repository of appliances, SUSE Gallery targets developers and other users searching for commercial and community-oriented appliances. Appliance templates and tailored operating system images can also be published, facilitating reuse that further accelerates appliance development. Each published appliance will have a dedicated web page with a unique URL, making it possible for software vendors to conduct targeted marketing and sales campaigns and track results.

To celebrate the launch of SUSE Gallery, Novell is also announcing the First Annual "Dister" Awards, a SUSE Studio award contest that will run from July 27 to September 30, 2010. Novell is looking for inventive minds to build the most innovative software appliances in two categories: "Community Use" and "Commercial Use". After Novell narrows the field to a list of finalists, a panel of industry-leading judges will then select and award each of the two winners a $10,000 grand prize. For more information, click here.

"The SUSE Appliance Program has enabled us to simplify appliance creation, reduce development and support costs, and enter new markets," said Paul A. Scripko, vice president, Business Development at ROC Software Systems, provider of enterprise output management and job scheduling solutions. "With SUSE Gallery, the process becomes even easier. Now we can build and market a fully-supported appliance all with one easy-to-use interface."

SUSE Appliance Program Celebrates First Anniversary

Novell launched the SUSE Appliance Program in 2009 as a key component of its strategy to lead the rapidly emerging intelligent workload management market. As enterprises develop their business and technical strategies to leverage virtualization and cloud computing, software appliances will become the leading form factor to move applications across different environments. The SUSE Appliance Program was conceived to enable both ISVs and enterprises to leverage appliances.

Software appliances - pre-configured combinations of an application, middleware and operating system, integrated into a single image and tailored to run on industry-standard platforms - offer new possibilities for efficient and cost-effective software application deployment. As a result, IDC forecasts the software appliance market to grow to $1.18 billion by 2012. (1)

"With software appliances, ISVs now have the opportunity to simplify the packaging of their solutions for multiple environments, allowing them to test, deploy and scale their offerings to their customers' specific needs," said Brett Waldman, senior research analyst, Software Appliances and Virtualization at IDC. "In effect, software appliances present a significant market opportunity, making it possible to 'mass customize' application delivery and furnish a fully-integrated solution faster and more efficiently than before."

During its first year, the SUSE Appliance Program met a number of key milestones, including:

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