SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Basic and Priority Support Now Offered on Windows Azure

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Basic and Priority Support Now Offered on Windows

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, April 16, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --SUSE today announced the
worldwide general availability of Basic Support and Priority Support for SUSE®
Linux Enterprise Server on Windows Azure. In addition, openSUSE 12.3 is also
now being offered on Windows Azure. With these new and updated offerings,
enterprises and developers will be able to quickly and easily deploy
production Linux workloads on-demand in Windows Azure, saving time and money.

Microsoft Corp. and SUSE have been collaborating for over six years to deliver
interoperable solutions for enterprises running mixed Windows and Linux
computing environments. These offerings further expand their strategic
relationship by enabling developers and organizations of all sizes to benefit
from the best of a stable and reliable enterprise-class Linux distribution on
Windows Azure. Windows Azure allows users to control and manage the computing
resources they need to configure and scale compute capacity in a highly
available, on-demand cloud environment. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server,
Microsoft customers can run a wide range of certified applications while
receiving streamlined support from Microsoft and SUSE.

"SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on Windows Azure represents the latest
development in the pioneering collaboration between Microsoft and SUSE. That
work began six years ago with the development of the Linux Integration
Components, which enabled Linux to run seamlessly on our Windows Server
Hyper-V," said Michael Croney, Open Solutions Group lead at Microsoft. "With
Basic and Priority Support now on Windows Azure, customers will be able to
access enterprise class support services for both Windows and Linux virtual
machines, running on the open and flexible infrastructure of Window Azure. The
relationship between Microsoft and SUSE continues to set the standard in the
industry for pioneering strategic technology solutions that benefit customers
running a mixed technology environment."

Microsoft customers running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on Windows Azure can
choose the right support level for their cloud deployment scenario. Customers
that want to keep SUSE Linux Enterprise Server up-to-date on the most current
security patches, bug fixes and new features can choose Basic Support, which
provides automatic maintenance. Customers that require greater levels of
assurance can choose Priority Support, which includes maintenance and 24x7
technical telephone support.

In addition, SUSE makes it even easier to extend SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server-based applications to Windows Azure with SUSE Studio™ Online. Recently
released SUSE Studio 1.3 now includes all of the drivers necessary for
integration with Hyper-V Manager. Now, virtual applications built with SUSE
Studio run seamlessly in Windows Server environments, including Windows Azure.
Furthermore, with a single click of a button, customers can publish Linux
images directly from SUSE Studio into their Azure accounts.

"The practical deployment of production Linux workloads on-demand in Windows
Azure is now possible through Basic and Priority Support for SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server," said Michael Miller, vice president of global alliances
and marketing, SUSE. "Through our alliance with Microsoft, we are pleased to
provide joint customers enhanced capabilities to deliver mission critical
services through mixed Windows and Linux cloud infrastructure."

For more information about Basic Support and Priority Support for SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server on Windows Azure, please visit, or speak to SUSE
representatives at the 7th Annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. For
more information about openSUSE 12.3, please visit

About SUSE
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Linux and cloud infrastructure solutions that give enterprises greater control
and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional
service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that
help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver
mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to
adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed—today and
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