SUSE joins Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance

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A decade ago, Linux users spit at Windows and Windows administrators sneered at Linux. Little did they know that Microsoft would eventually embrace Linux and open source. The first big step came when Novell and Microsoft partnered to bring SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) to what would become Windows’ Hyper-V virtualization.

Fast forward to 2016, and SUSE, working hand-in-glove with Microsoft, has brought the first enterprise Linux high-performance computing (HPC) platform to the Microsoft Azure public cloud

SUSE, following up on moves from almost 10 years ago, has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance as part of its ongoing cloud strategy.

Specifically, SUSE delivers cloud-based SLES, including automated updates, to enterprise customers using Azure. In addition, SUSE is now part of the Microsoft Test Drive program, so customers can easily and instantly evaluate SLES HPC via the Azure Marketplace for free.

This collaboration is meant to expand access to SLES to the Microsoft Cloud and on Azure. It’s also designed to highlight SUSE’s commitment to providing customers with flexible on-premise, private cloud and public cloud solutions.

“With SUSE’s integration into the Enterprise Cloud Alliance, organizations have improved access to the reliability and security of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server – including unique workloads such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for High Performance Computing – on the Azure cloud,” said Naji Almahmoud, SUSE’s VP of cloud and software alliances. “SUSE’s growth on Azure means more options for customers. It is yet another indicator of SUSE’s commitment to helping enterprise customers be successful.”

Nicole Herskowitz, Azure’s senior director of product marketing, added, “The Enterprise Cloud Alliance provides the opportunity to enhance our strategic relationship with SUSE and increase awareness of SUSE Linux Enterprise for customers searching for best-in-class enterprise solutions. SUSE is one of the first open-source vendors to join the Microsoft Partner Network and the Enterprise Cloud Alliance and provide the benefits of open-source technology in Microsoft Azure.”

SLES on Azure has been around since 2012. That makes it one of the oldest Linux Azure distributions. It’s a proven platform that provides superior reliability and security for cloud computing.

The companies claim, and I’ve seen, that SLES seamlessly integrates with Azure cloud services to deliver an easily manageable cloud environment. Better still, more than 11,400 applications are certified and supported on SLES on Azure. With built-in site replication and disaster recovery, all but the most cloud-wary customers will find performance, security and reliability comparable to on-premise alternatives.Want to check it out for yourself Visit the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on Azure site.


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  1. Corneliu Dabija says:

    You forgot to mention that Novell was the first and only major Linux company that validated Microsoft’s claims that Linux infringes on Microsoft’s patents. When Novell agreed to strike a patent license deal with Microsoft, Novell implicitly confirmed the validity of Microsoft’s claims. Meanwhile RedHat refused to strike the patent deal with Microsoft. If anything, Microsoft is exactly the reason why people should avoid Suse.


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