Enterprise Linux firm Suse has extended its ‘bring your own subscription' programme to include the Suse Manager lifecycle and monitoring tool, meaning that customers can use it to manage resources running in public cloud services at no additional cost.
The ‘bring your own subscription' option was introduced last year as a way for Suse customers to deploy workloads running on Suse Linux Enterprise Server onto public cloud services. It allows customers to transfer existing Suse subscriptions to a certified cloud provider to deploy new workloads, or migrate existing workloads from their own data centre.
Suse has now extended the programme to include Suse Manager, which makes a hybrid cloud arrangement more attractive as customers can manage on-premise and public cloud workloads at no additional cost, while continuing to receive support directly from Suse.
In addition, customers can quickly scale and deploy into the public cloud without having to build and operate a separate management infrastructure.
"The flexibility afforded customers by allowing them to provision, manage and update public cloud or on-premise infrastructures with Suse Manager is invaluable," said Suse's head of global business development, Naji Almahmoud.
"They can determine their ideal mix of traditional and public cloud workloads without worrying about growing management costs. And they can continue to rely on their existing Suse support relationship and high level of service, with no additional cost."
Suse Manager is described as a complete lifecycle management and monitoring tool for Linux servers. It works across hardware architectures, supporting IBM System z as well as x86 servers, and can automate the provisioning of operating system instances, collect and distribute custom software packages by pushing them out to servers, and monitor memory, disk and CPU use, along with network services, to prevent problems before they occur.
The list of cloud providers certified by Suse includes Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google's Compute Engine. Customers can transfer existing Suse Manager subscriptions to these through a simple online enrolment process, according to Suse.
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