SUSE has collaborated with Microsoft for years now to make SUSE Linux Enterprise interoperate in a Microsoft environment. Some examples are:
- Linux Integration components which enable SUSE Linux Enterprise to run seamlessly as a guest on Microsoft Hyper-V
- Support for Microsoft Hyper-V as a supported hypervisor for SUSE Cloud
- SUSE Manager Management Pack for Microsoft System Center
- Basic and Priority support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on Azure
SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE were some of the first Linux distributions on Microsoft Azure. SLES is currently available in all Azure regions and is the only Linux with priority support offered in Microsoft Azure. The SUSE and Microsoft Azure teams meet often and collaborate on making improvements to the public cloud offering. There are a number of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and openSUSE Linux images available in the expanding network of Microsoft data centers around the world. SUSE also recently added support for Custom Data, Cloud-Init, and the latest releases of the Azure Linux Agent.
Recently, Microsoft made its open source Linux on Azure Test Automation tools available to the Azure community for better and more comprehensive testing of the Azure Linux Agent environment on Microsoft Azure. The Azure Test Automation tools are Powershell, Python, and BASH scripts that allow for SUSE Linux Enterprise images to be tested at the Linux Virtual Machine level for compatibility in Azure. The tools validate running typical Linux workloads in the most common cloud deployment scenarios. This is a great benefit to the SUSE ISV looking to deploy images and make them “Azure Ready” and gives confidence that they will run safely and at peak performance in the Azure Public Cloud. These tools are a good addition to SUSE Studio which allows publishing appliance images directly to the Azure Cloud.