|From:||"Dr. Stefan Werden" <Stefan.Werden-AT-open-slx.de>|
|Subject:||open-slx announces Balsam Enterprise|
|Date:||Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:02:10 +0200|
open-slx GmbH extends its product portfolio with Balsam Enterprise, an offering to small and medium-sized businesses Step by step, open-slx GmbH reaches autonomy in order to better facilitate openSUSE technology and to implement autonomous development paths. Starting with Novell's next SUSE Linux Enterprise Version, open-slx plans to provide its own binary compatible Balsam Enterprise following the inspiring example of CentOS. In doing so, we are concentrating on market segments nowadays not or not sufficiently served by Novell. As an example, particular SLES customers not in urgent need of certifications and highest support levels are currently suffering from the non-availability of a product that provides an appropriate price/performance ratio. The product Balsam Enteprise will be provided by open-slx both as a free download version and a market-oriented version bundled with maintenance and support services. It is expected to reach the customer binary-compatible and at approximately 40-60% lower total costs than current SUSE Linux Enterprise offerings and is as such in particular targeting price-sensitive environments. We estimate the medium-term market potential of Balsam Enterprise to 10-15% of existing SLES customers, not counting potential customer opportunities. The introduction of the first Balsam Enterprise version should take place approximately 3-4 months after SLES 12 initially reached the market. As of today, we already provide our own support-infrastructure and publicly available information resources on level of the DACH region's market-leader in supporting Linux, ubuntuusers.de, with our own community portal at community.open-slx.de. Dr. Stefan Werden, Managing director open-slx GmbH: "We are glad to provide an offering to small and medium-sized businesses in the future ? superior to the openSUSE Box, prospectively Balsam Professional, and with the best price/performance to market for enterprise openSUSE technology." In the short term, Novell swept the contractual hurdles for open-slx out of the way and it hasn't been clear if these hurdles would have been resolved after the closing of the Novell Attachmate deal. open-slx is now able to immediately start with the implementation in order to provide a product just in time with SLES 12 and in line with market requirements. Please visit www.open-slx.de and community.open-slx.de for further information. Also, please don't hesitate to contact us at enterprise@open- slx.com if you have individual questions. About open-slx GmbH Since 2009, open-slx GmbH produces the former Novell Consumer-Product openSUSE Box and provides its own support-infrastructure for openSUSE, prospectively Balsam Professional. Furthermore, we are providing publicly available information resources at community.open-slx.de. open-slx is market-leader in consumer Linux-offerings with bundled support services. The most recent innovation is Plasma Active, a free multi-touch UI for tablet devices. The company has more than 15 years of experience in serving the consumer and enterprise Linux markets. open-slx, based in Nuremberg/Germany, distributes its products worldwide both through partners and in direct sales.
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