Enterprise Linux firm Suse has expanded the availability of its software on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, joining the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance and adding Suse Linux Enterprise Server for High Performance Computing (HPC) to the Azure Marketplace.
Suse's Linux distribution has been available for powering virtual machines and their workloads on the Azure cloud platform for several years, but the firm has now signed up to Microsoft's Enterprise Cloud Alliance, which means that the mission-critical platform will be available to customers via the new Enterprise Cloud Marketplace.
In addition, Suse is now part of the Microsoft Test Drive programme, allowing customers easily to evaluate Suse Linux Enterprise Server for HPC via the Azure Marketplace. The firm claimed that this will make it the only commercially supported Linux for HPC available on Microsoft Azure.
"With Suse's integration into the Enterprise Cloud Alliance, organisations have improved access to the reliability and security of Suse Linux Enterprise Server, including unique workloads such as Suse Linux Enterprise Server for HPC, on the Azure cloud," said Suse's vice president of cloud and software alliances Naji Almahmoud.
Suse claimed that the Linux platform integrates seamlessly with Azure cloud services to deliver an easily managed cloud environment. Users also get access to tools such as Suse Studio, the firm's online Linux image creation tool, and Suse Manager for monitoring and managing Linux virtual machines using Microsoft Systems Centre.
The move is another part of Microsoft's embracing of Linux and open source software, driven in part by the fact that Linux accounts for an increasing percentage of the workloads running on the Azure cloud.
Microsoft also has a strong partnership with Red Hat, which has seen Red Hat products and services available in its public cloud, including the firm's Linux and the OpenShift platform-as-a-service for application development and deployment.
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