SUSE is HPE’s Main Linux Provider

SUSE is a major Linux provider, and recently, it has entered into an agreement with HPE to tap into each other’s assets.

Under the terms of this partnership, SUSE will acquire HPE’s cloud assets such as the HPE OpenStack and HPE Stackato. Using these assets, SUSE plans to expand its own OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution, that in turn, will accelerate its entry into the Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market.

In a release made by the company, the OpenStacks assets from HPE will be integrated into its own OpenStack cloud to help SUSE bring to the market a certified enterprise-ready solution for its clients and customers who use the SUSE eco-system.

Besides acquiring these assets,  HPE has also named SUSE as its preferred opensource partner for Linux, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry solutions.

While it may sound like SUSE is a major beneficiary of this partnership, in reality, it’s a win-win situation for both the companies. Under this partnership, HPE will use SUSE’s OpenStack Cloud and Cloud Foundry solutions as the foundation for its popular Helion Stackato and Helion OpenStack solution. This company believes that by partnering with SUSE, it can provide the best in class PaaS solutions that are simple to deploy in the multi-cloud environments of its customers.

From the above terms, it’s clear that both HPE and SUSE will hire programmers and do the cloud development work together, but HPE will sell and deploy these services, in addition to providing support for it. Of course, this is not an exclusive partnership as SUSE is always open to finding other partners too in the future.

Also, both the companies have a non-exclusive agreement under which HPE has a right to use SUSE’s OpenStack IaaS and SUSE’s Cloud Foundry PaaS technology for its own development in its Stackato and OpenStack platforms.

This agreement represents the long and complex relationship that these two companies have. A few years ago, HPE merged its non-core software assets with a company called Micro Focus, that owns SUSE. Secondly, SUSE has always worked with HPE on the Linux side. This additional partnership will further cement the relationship between these two companies in the long run.

So, how is this beneficial to everyone involved?

For SUSE, these partnerships describe its evolution from a Linux provider to a full-fledged cloud software development company. It’s in a better position to take on competition from companies like Red Hat and Canonical. In this sense, this partnership can signal its strong entry into the cloud, and unlike the other two companies, it has partnered with a strong and top computer partner in HPE.

As for HPE, this joint development efforts can greatly cut down the time and resources needed to create applications. In today’s competitive market, getting products to the market as quickly as possible is the key, and with its efforts shared with SUSE, this can greatly help HPE to speed up its development process.

Due to the enormous benefits for both these companies and for the cloud industry as a whole, this partnership can be a significant one for everyone involved.

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