In a move the companies hail as "Microsoft-SUSE 2.0," Microsoft and SUSE have extended their 5-year-old interoperability agreement for another four years.
SUSE, an independent business unit of The Attachmate Group, have announced a
four-year extension of the interoperability agreement struck nearly five years ago
between Microsoft and Novell.
for broad collaboration on Windows and Linux interoperability and support will
extend through Jan. 1, 2016, with Microsoft committed to invest $100 million in
new SUSE Linux Enterprise certificates for customers receiving Linux support
initial five-year term of this agreement, Microsoft and SUSE built a bridge for
customers between the two worlds of open-source and proprietary software, the
companies said. Although the original deal was with Novell, SUSE assumed the
leading role after Attachmate acquired Novell and its holdings, including the
collaboration with SUSE not only helps customers to achieve success today, but
also seeks to provide them with a solid foundation for tomorrow," Sandy Gupta,
general manager of the Open Solutions Group at Microsoft, said in a statement.
"Through our continued engagement on the technical side, an outstanding support
offering from SUSE and our ability to provide mutual IP assurance, we feel
confident that we will be able to deliver core value to those running
mixed-source IT environments well into the future-and into the cloud."
In a blog post
on the renewal, entitled "Microsoft-SUSE 2.0
," Gupta said he has "met
directly with an impressive number of IT executives around the world over the
past 12 months who have spoken highly of the solutions we have delivered
jointly with SUSE to their organizations which address priority problems-whether
it be different workloads such as HPC, solutions for virtualization, and/or
management within a heterogeneous data center environment."
to extend our long-term relationship with Microsoft," said Michael Miller, vice
president of global alliances and marketing at SUSE, also in a statement. "Our
mutual commitment to help organizations make the most of mixed Linux and
Windows Server environments is what has made this collaboration successful. We
will continue to work with Microsoft to deliver solutions that enable our joint
customers to manage critical workloads in mixed-source environments across a
wide range of computing models, including private, hybrid and full-cloud
SUSE also will continue their technical collaboration on solutions to help
customers work more efficiently in the areas of cloud, virtualization and
manageability, the companies said. One such example is through the combination
of a cross-platform solution with Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud and SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server, giving IT managers a solution to migrate to a private cloud
architecture. The companies also plan to extend Microsoft System Center through
integration with SUSE Manager and select technologies to enhance Linux
deployment, patching and updating.
joint Microsoft-SUSE collaboration has served more than 725 customers around
the world across a range of industries, such as manufacturing, oil and gas,
health care, and financial services. Recent additions include Aeropuertos
Espanoles y Navegacion Aerea, ALSTOM IT Shared Service Centres, Celesio, Colt
Technology Services Group, Coop Danmark A/S, FagorBrandt SAS, LIBRO
Handelsgesellschaft, Nationale Suisse, Swiss Re and Wincor Nixdorf International.
In addition, through this alliance, SUSE enables customers to consolidate their
Linux support by offering subscription support for SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and community Linux distributions such as
"As one of the
largest banking corporations in Spain, we offer our clients a broad portfolio
of financial products and services," Fernando Martinez, infrastructure manager
at BBVA Bank, said in a statement. "In an operational environment this dynamic
and stratified, the personnel, teamwork, ethical principles and technology
define the backbone of our business. We rely on the SUSE Expanded Support
Program to migrate part of our IT operations to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server,
as it supports our objectives for greater interoperability for our Windows and
Microsoft and SUSE also have driven significant opportunities for partners that
have leveraged the companies' collaboration as a means of meeting their own
customers' demand for interoperability. Companies such as Dell have benefited
as both a customer and reseller of Microsoft and SUSE solutions. In addition,
SHI International, a U.S.-based reseller of software, hardware and services,
and Adaptive Computing Enterprises, a workload management ISV (independent
software vendor) serving the high-performance computing sector, have helped
their own customers realize benefits from the joint solutions resulting from
the collaboration. Select international partners include ALSANET, Bechtle, Comparex
AT, ErmesTel, Kelway, Liga Distribution ApS, NEXPERT, SCC, Securelinx, Softcat,
Stover AS, Trustmarque Solutions and 2e2.
Microsoft-SUSE expanded support program has helped a number of our customers
standardize on SUSE as an optimized guest on Hyper-V, as well as provide a
highly cost-effective support program for non-SUSE distributions, including Red
Hat," said James Largotta, global vice president of sales for BridgeWays, an
ISV that develops management packs to extend the cross-platform capabilities of
Microsoft System Center. "Because of this, we find the interoperability
partnership between Microsoft and SUSE to be highly complementary to the work
we do, especially with the emergence of the private cloud."
"The fact that
we have interoperability in the industry today is a big step compared to the
old days," said Professor Ulrich Trottenberg, director of the Fraunhofer
Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (or SCAI), in a statement.
"For Fraunhofer SCAI, this is critical because we have so many different
technologies that we must work with to meet the needs of our customers and to
support our own research. We are pleased to see that Microsoft and SUSE are
proactively exploring ways to improve platform interoperability. This is so
important since both vendors are also resolving intellectual property concerns,
which drives greater choice and flexibility for their customers."