On June 25, 2014, VMware announced the End of Availability (EoA) of their SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware offering. This announcement does not affect the strong partnership between SUSE and VMware, and in fact, SUSE and VMware are very closely aligned on building joint solutions that give customers the best expereience for running Linux workloads on VMware infrastructure, whether on-premise with SLES on vSphere, in private or hybrid clouds with OpenStack-based SUSE Cloud, or in the public cloud with SLES on vCHS.
For the past several years, SLES for VMware has provided an easy and cost effective path for thousands of businesses to deploy their development and production workloads on vSphere. Today, products like SUSE Linux Enteprise Server and SUSE Cloud are fully VMware-enabled, and SUSE and VMware continue to work together to add VMware-related enhancements and features to new releases.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, scheduled for release in Fall 2014, will contain open-vm-tools, the open source implementation of VMware Tools consisting of a suite of virtualization utilities that improves the functionality, administration, and management of virtual machines within a VMware environment. Including these tools with the OS eliminates the need to separately install VMware Tools and gives end users best out-of-box experience to efficiently deploy virtual machines on VMware virtual infrastructure. Also included in SLES12 are VMware-specific drivers for memory, communications, network, disk and graphics that further optimize the performance of a SUSE Linux guest on vSphere. And all of these tools and drivers are fully supported by SUSE and backed up by an agreement with VMware for L3 support.
For customers deploying or expanding their private cloud, SUSE Cloud incorporates and offers full support for the compute, network and storage drivers for VMware integration with OpenStack. VMware vCenter continues the management of the VMware virtual environment while SUSE Cloud manages the overall activities of the private cloud. The seamless integration between SUSE Cloud and VMware means that businesses take advantage of the best-in-class capabilities and innovations of VMware virtualization like vMotion, HA, and Dynamic Resource Scheduling, while maintaining flexibility in the design and use of their private cloud.
And the performance and reliability of SLES was a key factor in VMware’s choice of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the default Linux operating system that is integrated with VMware software appliances like vCenter, vCloud Director, vCenter Operations Manager, vFabric Postgres and others. VMware pre-configured appliances facilitate the deployment of VMware software, saving customers time and money, and provide them with the assurance of a fully tested solution backed by VMware and SUSE enterprise support.
As VMware mentioned, existing SLES for VMware customers are not required to take any immediate action and all Support and Subscription Services for SLES for VMware will continue until August 25, 2016. VMware and SUSE will provide customers with a seamless migration path to current versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. In addition, customers will be able to upgrade to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server standard and priority subscriptions which offer product upgrades, updates, fixes and technical support for the virtual servers in their VMware environment.
For more information on how SUSE and VMware are working together to ensure that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server continues to be the best choice for Linux in a VMware environment, visit our SUSE-VMware Alliance website.