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July 28, 2010

Novell Unveils SUSE Gallery for Publishing, Sharing Linux-based Appliances

Novell, a provider of infrastructure software has released SUSE Gallery, a new online showcase for registered SUSE Studio users to publish their appliances and cloud-based applications.

Also to celebrate the launch of SUSE Gallery, Novell (News - Alert) is also announcing the first annual "Dister" Awards, a SUSE Studio award contest that will run from July 27 to September 30, 2010.

SUSE Studio is a 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.

Company official said that with this new online showcase end users can browse published appliances for the solution to their particular commercial or personal need, and then download the appliance free of charge. Explaining about its use for independent software vendors (ISVs) and other software developers, Novell officials said that SUSE Gallery represents an opportunity to broaden the exposure of their application and reach an entirely new audience.

Exactly a year back, Novell had launched SUSE Appliance Program and SUSE Gallery is the latest addition to the program. 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. SUSE Studio is a key technology component of the SUSE Appliance Program.

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. Developers can publish their appliances in SUSE Gallery and end users can download them for no cost.

"In the last 12 months, customer and partner interest in the SUSE Appliance Program and uptake have far exceeded our expectations," Markus Rex, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell, said.

"The addition of SUSE Gallery further extends the solutions Novell already offers for the intelligent workload management market, and makes the SUSE Appliance Program the only solution that takes an ISV from appliance development to appliance market in a few simple steps, making it even easier to address new market opportunities. Through our unique combination of technology, support and go-to-market capabilities, our ISV partners gain the assistance they need to increase their customer satisfaction and grow revenues faster than ever," Rex added.

The newly launched SUSE Gallery is available at or in the browse feature of SUSE Studio Online.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Ed Silverstein

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