SUSE has had a long and interesting 24-year history since being founded in 1992, and our growth has been mainly organic. For years, our success was driven by the increasing adoption of SUSE Linux Enterprise as the preferred platform for mission-critical enterprise workloads and by SUSE’s open approach to partnering. In recent years, our growth has accelerated with entries into new markets and expanding partnerships. This includes our additional software-defined infrastructure solutions for OpenStack IaaS and distributed storage built on Ceph technology, but also innovations in enterprise management, Docker containers and Kubernetes orchestration.
While our intense focus on organic development and growth hasn’t changed (and likely never will), today we announced our first technology acquisition. The acquisition of the openATTIC storage management technology from it-novum is a perfect fit with our overall software-defined infrastructure strategy. The openATTIC technology and project is not new for us; in fact, the latest release of SUSE Enterprise Storage features a new management interface powered by openATTIC. Through this acquisition, we can now accelerate our storage management plans and deliver more enterprise-grade capabilities to customers faster.
This move has other benefits, too. We are welcoming a highly skilled team of open source developers to the SUSE family. And SUSE will now host and sponsor the openATTIC project, ensuring strong support for the continued growth and expansion of the whole openATTIC community and ecosystem. SUSE is well respected as the sponsor of the openSUSE Linux project, and we’ll take the same open and collaborative approach with openATTIC, which will remain open to broad community engagement.
So, will you see more technology acquisitions by SUSE? Yes, most likely, where it makes sense for our growth strategy and our open source development and business model.
Members of the SUSE and openATTIC teams are onsite this week at SUSECON, our global end-user conference in Washington, D.C. If you’re here with us, I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have. If you weren’t able to make it this year, please feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.