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The Detested Microsoft-Novell Deal Lives On

It’s been renewed with SUSE, the now Novell-replacing Attachmate-owned business unit returned to Germany where SUSE came from

Remember that hated no-sue deal between Microsoft and Novell?

Well, it's been renewed with SUSE, the now Novell-replacing Attachmate-owned business unit returned to Germany where SUSE came from.

The deal, as loathed as it was by the open source crowed, was the salvation of SUSE and has now been extended another four years or until January 1, 2016 and calls for Microsoft to invest $100 million in new SUSE Linux Enterprise certificates for customers receiving Linux support from SUSE.

Microsoft said in its Monday announcement that "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 Microsoft and SUSE has come to be viewed as a model for the industry."

Microsoft put a number in its announcement.

It said it had served around 725 customers worldwide across a range of industries most recently including Aeropuertos Espanoles y Navegacion Aerea, Alstom IT Shared Service Centres, Celesio AG, Colt Technology Services Group Ltd, Coop Danmark A/S, FagorBrandt SAS, LIBRO Handelsgesellschaft mbH, Nationale Suisse, Swiss Re and Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH.

Through the alliance, SUSE enables customers to consolidate their Linux support by offering subscription support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and community Linux distributions such as CentOS.

Microsoft said Dell had benefited as both a customer and reseller.

Microsoft and SUSE are apparently working on a cross-platform solution involving Microsoft's Hyper-V Cloud and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server so users can migrate to a private cloud architecture. They plan to extend Microsoft's System Center through integration with SUSE Manager and "select technologies" to enhance Linux deployment, patching and updating.

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