Speaking to iTWire ahead of the third SUSECon, the annual conference of the Nuremberg-based SUSE, Miller said it that was increasingly important to customers to know where their data was located.
"We will see that increasingly in the future and we are supportive of it," he said on Monday, a day ahead of the formal beginning of SUSECon which is being held in Orlando, Florida.
Miller agreed that it would set a technology company apart if it could claim that there was no chance of any interference from government as has been shown to occur in the case of the US. Snowden, a contractor for the NSA, fled to Hong Kong, and then Russia, with an enormous trove of classified data which he has been releasing slowly.
Snowden's revelations have led to a drop in overseas business for at least two technology firms - Cisco and IBM. Additionally, the Boeing company lost an order from Brazil, which opted to go with Sweden's Saab for $US4.5 billion worth of aircraft.
Miller said these days any software deployment was not limited to a single company's products; there would be many different companies involved and hence it would not be possible for a single company to make any claim about the whole operation.
He said the focus of SUSE in recent times had been zero downtime and it had thus been focused in initiatives such as kGraft — which enables the patching of a running kernel — in the release of version 12 of its enterprise Linux distribution.
Miller agreed that if a company was able to say that it was not subject to government surveillance, then that could be a selling point. "We have discussed the Snowden affair internally as a company but I personally have had no discussions with customers about this," he said.
Asked if it would not server as a good marketing tool — at least one Linux company which is not US-based admits this is the case — Miller said SUSE did not believe in sensationalism when it came to marketing.
"The topic (when we talk about data location to customers) is not the NSA< it is the customer's needs," he added.
The writer is attending SUSECon in Orlando, Florida, as a guest of SUSE.