SUSE acquires HPE OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets

Posted: 1st December 2016 08:35

SUSE has become not only HPE's Linux of choice, but it's now its chief cloud developer as well.

The relationship between SUSE and HPE is, in a word, complicated. HPEspun and merged its non-core software assets with Micro Focus. Micro Focus, in turn, owns SUSE, a major Linux provider. Now, SUSE has acquired OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud assets.

Got all that? What it boils down to is SUSE will use HPE OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets to improve SUSE OpenStack Cloud, and bring to market a new, enterprise-ready SUSE Cloud Foundry PaaS.

At the same time, SUSE and HPE will continue to leverage SUSE's OpenStack expertise for HPE's Helion OpenStack and Helion Stackato PaaS clouds. HPE will also use OEM SUSE's OpenStack IaaS and SUSE's Cloud Foundry PaaS technology for use inside HPE's Helion OpenStack and Helion Stackato clouds.

That's the first part. Also, HPE has now named SUSE as its preferred open-source partner for Linux, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry solutions. In effect, SUSE is now HPE's Linux and cloud software developer.

According to SUSE sources, SUSE will continue to market and support SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and its cloud products to other customers.

At the same time, SUSE has increased its engagement with the Cloud Foundry Foundation. SUSE has become a platinum member and is taking a seat on the Cloud Foundry Foundation board.

Cloud Foundry itself recently made significant management changes. Sam Ramji, its founding CEO, recently moved to Google to become its VP of project management. Abby Kearns is now the Cloud Foundry's Executive Director while Chip Childers has taken over as the organization's CTO.

According to SUSE CEO Nils Brauckmann, the company is making these moves because of "SUSE's commitment to providing open-source, software-defined infrastructure technologies that deliver enterprise value for our customers and partners. This also demonstrates how we're building our business through a combination of organic growth and technology acquisition."

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