The news today that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and openSUSE will be featured on the Windows Azure cloud platform may give you a big case of déjà vu – after all, haven’t we been here before?
Not exactly. Today both SUSE and openSUSE are now generally available as part of the Azure platform, with virtual machines available in every global sub-region. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, a Linux distribution consistently trusted in the enterprise, with enterprise-level support, is now playing in an Azure region near you.
Just being on the growing Azure platform is news that we are happy to share at this week’s 7th Annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco. The SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE teams are pleased to work with Microsoft to help all of our customers run their systems in the mix-and-match heterogeneous environments that make up IT in that place we call “the real world.”
That integration 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 or openSUSE environment and immediately deploy that environment straight to Azure. The capability to build, deploy and run custom VMs 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, and we’re happy that our work with Microsoft enables us to provide customers this functionality.
You may have already noticed this, but cloud computing isn’t easy. It’s not exactly rocket science, but it’s not a kid’s science fair volcano project, either. That’s why our whole approach to the cloud at SUSE, be it public or private, is aimed at making the barriers to entry as low as possible.
Take a look for yourself to see how to deploy your own openSUSE or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server workloads on Windows Azure.