SUSE and SaltStack Partner to Provide Enterprise IT Automation at Scale

October 3, 2016

The companies increase collaboration on upstream development of Salt for intelligent orchestration of the software-defined data center, including cloud, container and storage resources

NUREMBERG, Germany, and LEHI, Utah

SUSE® and SaltStack® are expanding their partnership to offer customers automated management of virtually all data center resources at massive scale.  SaltStack Enterprise and SUSE Manager 3 running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server deliver intelligent, event-driven orchestration of heterogeneous enterprise IT systems today. SUSE and SaltStack are collaborating to further integrate and extend these capabilities through upstream Salt development to optimize cloud, container and storage resources, thus enabling digital business.

“SUSE and SaltStack are expanding their business and technical collaboration to develop and ultimately deliver advanced management and orchestration capabilities for the software-defined enterprise data center that extend from systems management to cloud, containers and storage,” said Michael Miller, president of strategy, alliances and marketing at SUSE. “Enterprise IT is more complex and unruly than ever, and customers need more control and flexibility as their data centers grow and become more business critical.”

SaltStack Enterprise and SUSE Manager 3 are built on Salt open source systems management software and validated on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Building on the Salt integration SUSE delivered in SUSE Manager 3, SUSE and SaltStack will collaborate to develop and deliver new levels of automation and control for the software-defined data center.

Marc Chenn, co-founder and CEO of SaltStack, said, “Together, SUSE and SaltStack are accelerating business agility through the efficient orchestration and automation of enterprise DevOps and data center operations at scale. SUSE expertise in enterprise-grade computing is legendary, and SaltStack excels at bringing order and security to the chaos and complexity often found in the modern data center. SUSE and SaltStack are delivering efficient and flexible enterprise IT operations and agile DevOps for next-generation business.”

The two companies will increase development collaboration and contributions to the Salt open source project for intelligent systems management, extending capabilities to orchestrate SUSE and third-party cloud, container and storage resources. SaltStack Enterprise and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server together are the preferred IT automation software stack recommended and supported by SUSE and SaltStack.

“Tyson Foods is an early adopter of systems management solutions from both SaltStack and SUSE,” said Patrick Swartz, lead technical analyst/Linux for Tyson Foods. “Now with the integration provided by SUSE and SaltStack, we are better positioned to provide the level of automation required and system conformity needed for a fast-paced and growing datacenter infrastructure. Their combined efforts are allowing us to save time and effort in maintaining our increasingly complex and mission-critical business systems.”

Mary Johnston Turner, IDC research vice president for enterprise system management software, said, “Enterprises are looking to improve not just operational efficiency and IT productivity, but also business productivity. They need to deal with scale, complexity and time-to-market pressure. This SUSE-SaltStack collaboration holds the promise of delivering a broad and sophisticated set of automation and orchestration capabilities across complex data center environments, thus providing real business value. This puts them in a strong position to demonstrate leadership in this space.”

SUSE Manager is the top open source infrastructure management solution, allowing IT to reduce complexity and regain control of IT assets, ensure compliance with internal security policies and external regulations, and optimize operations while reducing costs. SaltStack Enterprise enhances the capabilities of SUSE Manager 3 by automating the management of virtually all data center resources, including cross-platform support for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and UNIX. SaltStack Enterprise also supports large multi-master environments at massive scale, in addition to providing enterprise-grade features such as user access control, job and system audits, data persistence and dashboards, and event filtering.

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About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit

About SaltStack

SaltStack develops the only systems management solution built on an event-driven remote execution platform. SaltStack is used by IT operators and DevOps engineers for intelligent configuration of complex data center infrastructure and applications, cloud management, container orchestration, and automated system security compliance. The SaltStack Enterprise product line is built on Salt open source and makes the power of Salt even more consumable and secure via the SaltStack Enterprise API. SaltStack won the 2014 Best of VMworld Gold Award, won an InfoWorld 2014 Technology of the Year Award, was named a Gartner 2013 Cool Vendor in DevOps, and was included on the GitHub Octoverse list for 2012 and 2013 as one of the largest, most-active open source projects in the world. For more information, please visit

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