Novell (NASDAQ:NOVL) and SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) have extended their partnership to deliver expanded support options to companies running their business operations on SAP applications and the SUSE Linux Enterprise operating system. The two companies will work together to combine SAP's enterprise applications, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Novell's virtualization and identity and security management technologies to provide new data center options for customers.

Under the agreement, Novell plans to optimize SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP's data center infrastructure requirements, create an SAP Business All-in-One solution based on SUSE Linux Enterprise for small businesses and midsize companies, provide virtualization management for the Adaptive Computing Controller tool from SAP with Novell ZENworks Orchestrator, and integrate Novell's identity and security management solutions with the SAP GRC Access Control application.

"From our entrance into the Linux market, our focus has been on delivering Linux for mission-critical deployments in the data center, and this relationship with SAP is a key step forward in that effort," Ron Hovsepian, Novell president and CEO, said in a statement. "We can now offer one of the best data center platforms and application stacks on the market, bar none."