SUSE Linux Enterprise on Oracle Cloud Simplifies Operations for Partners, Customers
For two years open source vendor SUSE has been working to build versions of its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications operating systems for inclusion and easier deployment from the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).
Those efforts have now been completed and both products are now available through OCI to channel partners and their customers to make it easier for companies to run the SUSE operating systems on Oracle cloud with far less custom configuring and intervention.
Neither SUSE operating system was previously available through OCI, which meant that customers and partners that wanted to run SUSE on Oracle often had a lot of work to do to make it happen, David Landry, director of technology partners at SUSE, told Channel Futures.
“This is enabling an existing product base” for both companies, he said, “It gives them the ability to take their workloads that run on SLES and now run them on the Oracle cloud. They can now run it in a hybrid environment on Oracle hybrid cloud, on virtual machines or on bare metal through the Oracle cloud.”
SUSE and Oracle had been receiving requests for these capabilities from customers and partners for a while and have been trying to get it done for some time, Landy said. “Customers came in with their workloads to test it.”
Customers will now be able to use the products together with confirmation that they work well as a package and include full support from SUSE, he said.
“It is that support, OCI compatibility and ability to be able to move those workloads among different platforms that customers will be able to have now,” said Landry. “What’s new here is the supported availability of the bits on the OCI model.”
For channel partners, the new offerings provide open source approaches to help them best serve their customers, he said. “SUSE more than any other open source software company has a strong pull-off-the-covers approach for its code. This is an enterprise supported, SUSE supported offering.”
The launches of SLES and SLES for SAP images are the company’s first supported offerings with OCI. Previously they were available only as unsupported evaluation versions. Those review versions allowed SUSE to test the market and learn that there was customer and partner interest in the products.
Both products are available immediately through the OCI marketplace.
Also announced was that Oracle has become a member of the SUSE Partner Program for Cloud Service Providers, which will create additional abilities to sell and support SUSE products on Oracle for channel partners, said Landry. “It gives the channel more options to sell to customers who are looking for different places to land their workloads,” while also giving the channel more sales tools.
“We are peer members of each other’s partner networks,” he said. “We do work closely. They are a top partner of SUSE.”
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