Nicole Herskowitz, senior director of product marketing, Microsoft Azure commented on the agreement:
“SUSE is one of the first open source vendors to join the Microsoft Partner Network and the Enterprise Cloud Alliance and provide the benefits of open source technology in Microsoft Azure.”
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is currently the only supported enterprise Linux distribution for High Performance Computing available on Microsoft Azure.
The first patent-licensing deal of Microsoft was signed with SUSE already back in 2006. (SUSE was first bought by Novell in 2003. Attachmate Group acquired Novell in 2010. SUSE started to operate again as an independent business unit when Attachmate Group purchased Novell.)
In 2011, Microsoft extended the deal until 1 January 2016 and in 2012 SUSE Linux began supporting Microsoft´s Azure cloud platform.
As Kristin Kinan, global alliance director for public cloud at SUSE commented to ITWire, “Microsoft's Linux business has grown to over 22 to 25% of their public cloud business, demonstrating customer commitment to Linux. Their investment in open source solutions, selling initiatives and partnering has exceeded our expectations.”