SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 SP3, Azure, and Interoperability


Interoperability is one of those terms that really doesn’t mean anything unless you actually do something about it. When I found out that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 was available on Azure, it was interoperability that first came to mind.

For instance, it’s one thing to say you’re bi-partisan (or multi-partisan outside the US), but then to actually be bi-partisan? Well, that’s a whole different ball game.

Reaching across and working with technology that is at times juxtaposed to your own, then, is very much an interoperability concern. But you do it—not because you’re caving in to one side or the other, but because at the end of the day, it’s the customer’s needs that matter more than your own.

Our customers use SUSE Enterprise Linux. But they may also use Windows Server. And Red Hat boxes. And more than a few Gentoo, Debian and even Ubuntu machines running around. That’s the nature of business today: IT shops come up with different solutions that work with different applications and different platforms. Homogeneity is a myth in the server room.

And it’s a myth in the cloud space, too. Different cloud services and apps are coded to take advantage of Amazon’s EC2, OpenStack, or Windows Azure. So platforms that work on these cloud infrastructures will serve the needs of the most customers.

The integration of SP3 and Azure means that support for Azure customers is available directly from Microsoft in the form of Patched Support that delivers the latest updates, bug fixes and new features or Premium Support that adds maintenance and 24/7 tech support.

It also means that customers can take advantage of our vaunted SUSE Studio product that enables users to deploy applications on a customized SUSE Linux Enterprise and immediately deploy that environment straight to Azure.

The capability to build, deploy and run custom virtual machines on a public cloud platform in just a few clicks goes a long way to lowering the friction involved in getting your applications on the cloud.

Take a look for yourself to start deploying your own SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 workloads on Windows Azure.

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