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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 11:01

SUSE 'unperturbed' by expansion of Red Hat-Microsoft deal


Germany-based SUSE Linux, the second biggest Linux and open source vendor, is apparently not overly perturbed by the fact that Red Hat has expanded its partnership with Microsoft, this time to containers.

SUSE was the first Linux company to partner with Microsoft, when its then parent Novell signed a patent licensing deal with the Redmond juggernaut in 2006.

The Microsoft-Red Hat expanded deal builds on a cloud agreement signed a little less than two years ago.

Asked where SUSE stood in view of the fact that Red Hat, whose revenue dwarfs that of the Germany company, would obviously be a preferred partner for Microsoft, a company spokesman said, pointing to the announcement of the deal: "I don't see where it says Red Hat is 'preferred'. Perhaps I'm missing something."

However, the company did react to the announcement by putting out the tweet that is embedded below.

The tweet rather pointedly makes mention of the fact that all SUSE's offerings are open source. The company has in the past hinted that Red Hat's offerings are not completely open.

"Microsoft and SUSE are great partners, and obviously both companies have many other great partners, some of whom may compete with each other," the spokesman added.

He asked for a clarification about the word "preferred", and iTWire pointed out that given Red Hat's reach compared to SUSE, marketshare would ensure it is a preferred partner. 

Further it was pointed out thatthe deal is all about containers, technology that SUSE has been developing in recent times.

The spokesman has not yet responded to this.

Earlier this year, SUSE announced a beta of its container-as-a-service platform which it first announced at its annual company conference in 2016.

The CaaS is an application development and hosting platform for container applications and services.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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