Saturday, May 15, 2021

IBM Adds SUSE to ISV Certification Program

IBM announced the launch of a SUSE Linux development and

certification program for ISVs at nine of its 25 Innovation

Centers, officials said Wednesday.

The addition of the popular Novell Linux distribution

comes three months after the Armonk, N.Y., IT giant launched a similar

program for developers on the Red Hat platform.

The certification initiative was created to get developers to create

applications on IBM’s middleware, software and server platforms. It

features the testing capabilities of its Innovation Centers, online

resources to create applications compatible with IBM and the applicable

Linux distribution, and expand IBM’s reach in the ISV community through its

PartnerWorld program.

IBM’s goal is to double the amount of Linux-based applications developed on

the IBM platform. According to officials, 6,000 applications have already

been created, 2,000 of which came from ISVs.

As part of

the joint program, Novell will give ISVs copies of its SUSE Linux Enterprise

Server software and documentation to go along with the IBM offerings.

Novell officials will also provide resources to get ISVs visiting the site

to sign up for the Novell Technology Partner Program so they can certify

their programs on SUSE.

IBM has an online three-step process to get ISVs signed up and on the path

to migrate their applications: an IBM-hosted Web page to sign up for

Novell’s partner program, a sign-up page for IBM’s PartnerWorld program, and

then re-direction to IBM’s Innovation Center Web site.

Todd Chase, IBM Innovation Center program director, said IBM’s intent is to

get Red Hat support in more centers in the future around the world. The Red

Hat program is available in four centers, one each in the United Kingdom,

France, Russia and Germany; SUSE will find its way into three centers in the

United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

“I think that by the time this is all done, we’ll have worldwide programs

from both vendors,” he said. “You can’t offer all things to all people at

all centers; it’s just too much to ask.”

While the company has no plans to include other specific Linux distributions

into the certification program for ISVs, Chase said the others are supported

through IBM’s efforts with the Chiphopper program, or IBM eServer

Application Server Advantage for Linux. Chiphopper provides resources and

tools geared for Linux Standard Base (LSB) conformity.

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