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Microsoft and SUSE partner to broaden public cloud business

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SUSE has partnered with Microsoft to support the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance. The new development is aimed to expand and extend the public cloud business models of both the tech companies.

This is not the first time when Microsoft signed an agreement with SUSE. The Redmond giant announced its very first partnership with the Germany-based company back in 2006. That announcement brought SUSE Linux support to Microsoft Azure cloud platform in 2012.

However, the new deal is not limited to Azure platform and expanded towards the Microsoft Test Drive programme. The partnership will allow clients to evaluate SUSE Linux Enterprise Service for their high-performance computing needs directly via the Azure Marketplace.

“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,” said Nicole Herskowitz, senior director of product marketing, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft. “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.”

While Microsoft is considering the new partnership as a “strategic relationship” to increase awareness of SUSE Linux, SUSE is presuming the deal as a development to offer improved access to reliability and security for customers through the Enterprise Cloud Alliance.

“With SUSE’s integration into the Enterprise Cloud Alliance, organisations have improved access to the reliability and security of SUSE Linux Enterprise Serve — including unique workloads such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for High Performance Computing — on the Azure cloud,” SUSE’s vice president of cloud and software alliances Naji Almahmoud said, while announcing the deal.

Interestingly, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is touted to be the only supported enterprise Linux for High Performance Computing available on Microsoft Azure. The open source platform is also known as the only one supported with tools like SUSE Studio and SUSE Manager.