SUSE and Dell team up for enterprise cloud drive

Cloud handshake

A joint cloud infrastructure product incorporating SUSE's open source cloud management software and Dell hardware has gone on general release.

The offering, dubbed the Dell SUSE Cloud Solution, is designed to help organisations rapidly deploy and easily manage open source private clouds.

Dell SUSE Cloud Solution uses OpenStack as its operating system with Dell’s Crowbar to install the software, has SUSE Cloud as its management reference platform and runs on Dell PowerEdge servers.

Forrest Norrod, vice president and general manager of Dell Server Solutions, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to build solutions on open standards, we are proud to have partnered with SUSE ... to create an enterprise-ready private cloud solution that provides the support many customers require.”

Michael Miller, vice president of global alliances and marketing at SUSE, added: “SUSE and Dell are both deeply committed to the OpenStack foundation, and we share the goal of creating an easy-to-deploy and manage cloud infrastructure for the enterprise.

“We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Dell because it helps make this goal a reality for our mutual customers," Miller added.

In addition to the Dell SUSE Cloud Solution, SUSE has also announced the worldwide general availability of basic and priority support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on Windows Azure, following the launch of its Infrastructure Services offering.

SUSE said the move was the result of six years collaboration between the two companies to provide interoperable systems for organisations running mixed Windows and Linux environments.

Michael Croney, open solutions group lead at Microsoft, said: “[The product] represents the latest development in the pioneering collaboration between Microsoft and SUSE.

“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 Windows Azure.”

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