Did anyone see this post over in the newsflash forum? Sounds pretty
cool... can't wait to see what this to performance for my SLES VMs within

Novell Boosts Linux Virtualization with VMware Support

- Novell modifies Linux kernel to support VMware Virtual Machine Interface
to improve Linux virtual machine performance in VMware environments

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Sept. 12, 2007 -- Novell today announced significant
enhancements in the performance of SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server when
the Linux* operating system is running as a virtual machine guest in a
VMware* environment. To deliver this improved performance, Novell modified
the SUSE Linux Enterprise kernel to support the VMware Virtual Machine
Interface (VMI), a communication mechanism between the guest operating
system and hypervisor that simplifies the task of virtualization and makes
Linux a more efficient guest operating system when running in VMware
environments. The VMI modifications, along with the paravirt-ops
interface, have been accepted by the upstream Linux development community
and will be included in upcoming releases of the standard Linux kernel, as
well as future versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell(R).

"As the first enterprise Linux vendor to provide these enhancements for
the VMware VMI, Novell continues to demonstrate our commitment to
providing enterprise Linux customers benefits through virtualization and
other innovative technologies," said Holger Dyroff, vice president of
product management for SUSE Linux Enterprise at Novell. "Virtualization is
proving its value in the data center, and our collaboration with VMware is
part of our multi-pronged virtualization strategy to create additional
opportunities for customers to reduce costs and increase efficiency with
Linux virtualization."

Dan Chu, VMware vice president of emerging products and markets, said, "We
are pleased that Novell is delivering enhanced performance for SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server in VMware virtualized environments. The inclusion of
VMware VMI patches into SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is designed to
provide customers with increased performance, improved behavior of
timing-critical workloads and better interoperability by allowing the same
VMI-enabled SUSE Linux Enterprise Server kernel to run on physical
machines and on VMware Infrastructure. We look forward to working with
Novell on future initiatives to make SUSE Linux Enterprise run even better
on VMware Infrastructure."

Novell is publicly previewing the enhancements this week at VMworld 2007
in San Francisco, and the VMI code is available today to customers who
participate in Novell's beta program. For more information on SUSE Linux
Enterprise offerings from Novell, visit www.novell.com/linux .

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers infrastructure software for the Open
Enterprise. Novell is a leader in enterprise-wide operating systems based
on Linux and open source and provides the enterprise management services
required to operate mixed IT environments. Novell helps customers minimize
cost, complexity and risk, allowing them to focus on innovation and
growth. For more information, visit www.novell.com .

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