ENTERPRISE GRADE Linux vendor Suse will extend its partnership with VMware by making its Suse Linux Enterprise Server available on VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service later this year.
Suse has had a version of its Enterprise Server distribution optimised and bundled with VMware's vSphere cloud computing package since 2010, with maintenance costs included in the customer's VMware vSphere support agreement.
This agreement has now been extended so that Suse Linux Enterprise Server for VMware will be similarly available through the vCloud Hybrid Service from sometime in the fourth quarter, according to Suse.
VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service was announced by the firm in March, but won't be generally available to US customers until September, VMware announced at its VMworld conference in San Francisco this week. The firm declined to say when the vCloud Hybrid Service might be made available to customers outside the US.
The initiative sees VMware offering public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) capabilities to VMware customers, based on the same platform they are already using to build internal private clouds. This enables them to use additional external resources if and when required, under the control of the same management and orchestration tools.
With Suse's extended support, customers will have the option of running workloads on Suse Linux Enterprise Server in the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, giving them greater flexibility for optimising their IT resources.
Suse UK MD Brian Green said that the firm is enjoying a growing joint customer base with VMware thanks to their partnership.
"Today's announcement demonstrates that Suse and VMware are continuing to partner to offer our customers choice and improved value. Suse Linux is the only Linux distribution optimised for VMware and this announcement allows customers to leverage these benefits through the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service," he said.
Suse Linux Enterprise Server for VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service will be available in the fourth quarter, the firm said. µ