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IBM and SUSE: an ongoing success story

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SUSE’s focus has been on Linux for the enterprise from its beginnings over 23 years ago. Today, Linux is established as the premier enterprise platform. When organizations talk about the most mission-critical and demanding workloads—those that matter most like the public, private and hybrid cloud or data-intensive computing and analytics—SUSE Linux Enterprise is recommended as the Linux operating system of choice. That’s one reason why IBM originally worked with SUSE to bring Linux to the IBM’s largest systems and why we continue to work together on new and exciting solutions.

With LinuxONE, SUSE and IBM again have the opportunity to continue to harness the power of new IBM technologies and leading open source offerings, helping enterprises to address today’s new and varied IT challenges and to compete successfully. The advantage for IBM clients is that SUSE and IBM are, and have been, closely aligned on the engineering side with LinuxONE and have expanded our already close alignment on the business side as well.

On the engineering side, SUSE engineers have for years worked closely with IBM to not just support the IBM platform, but to embrace it. The first result was the introduction of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for IBM’s largest systems in 1999—optimized so clients could get the full power and qualities of service of IBM technology.  That collaboration has persisted through KVM on the LinuxONE platform, with SUSE as the first Linux distribution currently supported. And when it comes to cognitive computing, SUSE and IBM Power Systems worked together early on and we are carrying that collaboration onto LinuxONE.

The collaboration continues on the business side as well in what IBM and SUSE are calling “Greenstack.” LinuxONE, with its unique performance, security and redundant design for uninterrupted computing, is the foundation. On top of that SUSE offers not only its IBM-optimized Linux operating system, SUSE support for virtualization with KVM and our OpenStack distribution (truly an open Greenstack), but also the same kind of elastic pricing model for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as clients are receiving for their IBM LinuxONE hardware.

There’s more to be said than can be included here. SUSE and IBM will be posting a series of blogs over the coming weeks about the IBM-SUSE collaboration and what it brings to you, our prospective and joint clients. So please come back and read more about the new and interesting work we are doing together.

If you’re interested in learning more about SUSE and LinuxONE, check out the complimentary SUSE Days seminars going on now around the world!

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