Best interoperability in the market
As IT operating environments become increasingly consumerized, cloud-based and automated, there is an implicit expectation that the underlying technologies from multiple vendors should work together. For this reason, the collaborative relationship between SUSE and other vendors has come to be viewed as a model for the industry.
Interoperability with other platforms
- Recommended by Microsoft
Microsoft recommends SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to customers who run Windows and Linux together. They work closely with SUSE to ensure that joint customers have optimized, fully supported Linux and Windows solutions. This Linux/Windows interoperability is key to a more efficient data center.
- Identity Federation
Businesses with mixed Linux and Windows environments often require that users on the Windows side have access to resources on the Linux side, and vice versa. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server includes Samba, an open source implementation of the Server Message Block (SMB) networking protocol that supports commonly used directory and domain infrastructures. This includes Novell® eDirectory™, Microsoft Active Directory and Domains, and openLDAP. As a result, even if your user accounts reside in Active Directory, you can easily provide access to resources running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Novell eDirectory.
- Interoperability with UNIX systems
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server also works well with traditional UNIX environments. POSIX is a family of specifications and standards for user and software interfaces to an operating system. As a POSIX-compliant OS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is compatible with other POSIX-compliant UNIX variants, such as Solaris, AIX, and HP-UX.
- Manageable from a Microsoft Environment
With the SUSE Linux Enterprise Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, you gain the ability to monitor Microsoft Windows Servers and SUSE Linux Enterprise Servers from a single console, giving you the best Linux management experience in a Windows environment.
Value to the cloud customer:
You can seamlessly connect and integrate your hosted SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with your other IT resources running MS Windows or UNIX derivates.
In comparison, unpaid Linux provides:
- No support
- No management plugin
- No recommendation from Microsoft