AMD has announced the availability of AMD Validated Server platforms certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, further confirming AMD’s commitment to the channel by offering solution providers the ability to brand and differentiate their solutions to address customer needs.

With this week's news, AMD is delivering solution providers a validated server platform with Novell “YES Certified” designation that is compatible with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and will be fully supported by both AMD and Novell.
“Customers look to reduce complexity and risk when configuring and deploying Linux server operating systems, so having validated platforms available for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server helps remove adoption hurdles for customers,” says Al Gillen, research vice president: system software at IDC.
“Integrated platforms also ease the way for solution providers to more quickly build and bring to market customised solutions that meet customers’ needs.”
Together, AMD and Novell are providing solution providers with more choice through an easier, faster and less expensive process by which to obtain certified and pre-configured Linux-based server platforms.
Having completed the Novell YES Certified testing on AMD Validated Server barebones platforms, Supermicro Computer, Tyan Computer Corporation and Uniwide Technologies are the first original design manufacturers to offer these platforms.
Solution providers will now have the ability to leverage this testing and offer configured Novell YES Certified SKUs, expediting the certification process dramatically.
“In a highly competitive market, system builders stand to benefit greatly by offering customers choice,” says Imi Mosaheb, country manager at AMD. “The ability to offer AMD Validated Server platforms that are Novell-certified will be a tremendous business advantage for solution providers.
"This will empower them to deliver differentiated solutions based on open standards with the flexibility and reliability their customers demand. And, at the end of the day, the programme’s benefits will ultimately flow all the way through to the end-user of the server system.”
AMD Validated Server platforms for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server represent another milestone in the relationship between AMD and Novell.
AMD’s alignment with the Novell YES Certified programme will help broaden the AMD Validated Server programme’s reach into the Linux community, enabling solution providers to offer their customers the choice of high-quality, reliable, and stable open-standard server solutions based on state-of-the-art technology.
“The combination of two powerful channel programmes like AMD’s Validated Server programme and the Novell YES Certified programme offers solution providers the ability to sell customised server platforms with the highest degree of confidence,” says Justin Steinman, director of marketing for Linux and Open Platform Solutions at Novell.
“As one of the world’s leading operating systems, SUSE Linux Enterprise offers customers a secure, simple- to-manage and easy-to-use foundation for enterprise computing. We are pleased to now offer solution providers the reliability and security that come with AMD Validated Server platforms for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.”
The AMD Validated Server programme enables tested and validated solutions based on AMD Opteron processors to help solution providers build high-quality, reliable commercial solutions. By leveraging the programme, solution providers have the opportunity to lower development costs, streamline development cycles and accelerate overall time to market.