SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Now Available on Windows Azure

June 7, 2012

Nuremberg, Germany

SUSE today announced that SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server and openSUSE® can now be run in Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Additionally, through SUSE Studio™, customers can rapidly develop cloud-ready applications and automatically launch them on Windows Azure, virtually eliminating inefficient manual processes.

SUSE makes it easy to extend SUSE Linux Enterprise Server-based applications to Windows Azure using the one-click-deployment capabilities of SUSE Studio. SUSE will also include automatic maintenance that keeps SUSE Linux Enterprise Server up-to-date on the most current security patches, bug fixes and new features, so customers can get peak performance efficiently and cost effectively.

An enterprise-class distribution, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on Windows Azure will be backed by a wide range of support options from SUSE. In addition, it comes with the tools needed to quickly and easily build, deploy and maintain complete, portable, Linux-based application stacks so customers can rapidly scale up or down as needed.  During the preview period Microsoft will offer discounted hourly rates for Virtual Machines ranging from $0.013 per hour up to $0.64 per hour depending on the instance size.

“As enterprise adoption of Windows Azure and cloud computing grows, the importance of coming together to solve interoperability issues is only growing.  We at Microsoft want to work with the ecosystem of vendors and communities to deliver cloud solutions to customers based on their specific needs and scenarios,” Sandy Gupta, general manager of the Open Solutions Group at Microsoft. “Through our continued engagement on technical interoperability with SUSE, we look forward to delivering core value to those running mission-critical, mixed-source IT environments from the data center and into the cloud.”

Microsoft Joins Elite Group of Cloud Providers that Work with SUSE

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server delivers the reliability, interoperability and performance customers need in order to easily leverage the benefits of the public cloud. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server has the broadest industry support among enterprise Linux operating systems, with more than 9,200 certified applications from over 1,800 independent software vendors, expanding customer choice in cloud environments.

Through the SUSE Cloud Program, SUSE makes it easy for cloud vendors to offer differentiated services that speed customer acquisition.  Many of today’s top global cloud providers offer SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to help IT organizations deliver mission-critical IT services efficiently and cost-effectively in cloud environments.  In addition to Microsoft, cloud providers that have joined the SUSE Cloud Program include 1&1, Amazon Web Services, Dell, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, Tencent, SHI, SGI, Verizon and Vodacom Business.

“By delivering SUSE Linux Enterprise Server in the cloud, SUSE helps companies increase flexibility and resource utilization while reducing risk,” said Michael Miller, vice president of global marketing and alliances, SUSE. “Through our alliance with Microsoft, we are pleased to provide our joint customers the ability to take advantage of the most certified applications of any Linux vendor and a robust solution, such as SUSE Studio, for developing and deploying mission-critical Linux workloads on a pay-per-use basis to Windows Azure.”

Visit to learn how to build and deploy SUSE Linux Enterprise Server or openSUSE workloads onto Windows Azure.

About SUSE

SUSE is a leading provider of enterprise Linux solutions that increase agility, reduce cost and manage complexity in dynamic environments.  With a portfolio centered on SUSE Linux Enterprise, the most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing, SUSE enables organizations to confidently deliver computing services across physical, virtual and cloud environments.  With our award-winning products and ecosystem of partnerships, SUSE solutions empower thousands of organizations around the world. For more information, visit us at

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