Microsoft, Suse reinforce partnership

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has extended by four years its collaboration agreement on Windows and Linux interoperability and support with Suse, a provider of enterprise Linux solutions, the companies said in a statement.

Under the agreement, now in force until 2016, Microsoft has committed to invest US$100mn in new Suse Linux Enterprise certificates for customers receiving Linux support from Suse.

Both companies will continue offering interoperability between open source and proprietary software.

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"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 implementations," said Michael Miller, Suse VP of global alliances and marketing.

According to the companies, their joint collaboration has served more than 725 customers worldwide across a range of industries, such as manufacturing, oil and gas, healthcare and financial services.

Established in 1992, Suse provides enterprise Linux solutions and interoperable platforms for mission-critical computing. The company was acquired by US software firm Novell in 2004, which was in turn acquired by compatriot software provider Attachmate last year.

Suse is currently operating as an independent business unit of the Attachmate Group.