SUSE Completes Move to Independence, Reaffirms Commitment to Customers, Partners and Open Source Communities as Industry’s Largest Independent Open Source Company

March 18, 2019

SUSE adds C-level executives to ensure continued success, momentum and growth as a leading provider of enterprise-grade, open source software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions to enable hybrid and multi-cloud workload management

NUREMBERG, Germany / BENGALURU, India – March 18, 2019 – SUSE® today announced the completion of the company’s acquisition from Micro Focus by growth investor EQT and its status as a standalone business. With its ongoing momentum, portfolio expansion and successful execution in the marketplace, SUSE is now even better positioned to focus on the needs of customers and partners as a leading provider of enterprise-grade, open source software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that enable customer workloads anywhere – on premise, hybrid and multi-cloud – with exceptional service, value and flexibility.

The newly independent SUSE has expanded its executive team, adding new leadership roles and experience to foster its continued momentum into this next stage of corporate development. Enrica Angelone has been named to the new post of chief financial officer, and Sander Huyts is SUSE’s new chief operations officer. Thomas Di Giacomo, formerly chief technology officer for SUSE, is now president of Engineering, Product and Innovation. All three report to SUSE CEO Nils Brauckmann.

Current IT trends make it clear that open source has become more important in the enterprise than ever before,” Brauckmann said. “We believe that makes our status as a truly independent open source company more important than ever. Our genuinely open, open source solutions, flexible business practices, lack of enforced vendor lock-in and exceptional service are more critical to customer and partner organizations, and our independence coincides with our single-minded focus on delivering what is best for them. Our ability to consistently meet these market demands creates a cycle of success, momentum and growth that allows SUSE to continue to deliver the innovation customers need to achieve their digital transformation goals and realize the hybrid and multi-cloud workload management they require to power their own continuous innovation, competitiveness and growth.”

SUSE’s transition is timely as containers are enabling new levels of agility and the need for digital transformation built on open source software-defined infrastructure and application delivery technologies is growing. SUSE’s heritage in open source software, strong brand and array of innovative solutions, including container management, ideally position it to capitalize on this market dynamic, creating tremendous value for customers and partners. EQT’s backing and SUSE’s independent status will enable the company’s continued expansion as advanced innovation drives growth in SUSE’s core business as well as in emerging technologies, both organically and through add-on acquisitions.

Al Gillen, Group Vice President, Software Development and Open Source, IDC, said, “SUSE’s return to the role of an independent open source software company comes at a pivotal point in the industry. Open source software is the favored way to build new solutions today and is irreplaceable as the foundation for most public cloud services. As one of the industry’s largest purely open source software companies, SUSE’s independence will benefit customers as the company builds on its heritage of technical excellence, value-driven partnerships and community engagement to deliver timely technology solutions to the market.”

SUSE’s expanded leadership team led by CEO Brauckmann will build on the rapid growth of the past eight years as the company continues to deliver and innovate based on current and future market requirements. As it has for more than 25 years, SUSE remains committed to an open source development and business model and to actively participating in communities and projects to bring open source innovation to the enterprise as high-quality, reliable and usable solutions. This truly open, open source model refers to the flexibility and freedom of choice provided to customers and partners to create best-of-breed solutions that combine SUSE technologies with other products and technologies in their IT landscape through open standards and at different levels in their architecture, without forcing a locked-in stack. This focus on openness is embedded in SUSE’s culture, differentiates it in the marketplace and has been key to its success.

Johannes Reichel, Partner at EQT, said, “SUSE’s market presence, strong leadership, focus on customer success and ability to partner successfully have been and will continue to be crucial as SUSE enters this next phase of its evolution. It is in the right place at the right time with the right resources to help transform the way organizations around the world do business.”

As an independent, trusted partner for enterprise digital transformation, SUSE delivers software solutions, support and services through a multinational organization and an enabled, qualified partner ecosystem underpinned by secure enterprise-grade technologies. SUSE is currently involved in more than 100 open source projects, supported by employees around the world. The company continues to grow as an independent vendor of open source software as it helps organizations of all kinds transform and compete in today’s business environment. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

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About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 25 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

About EQT

EQT is a leading investment firm with more than EUR 61 billion in raised capital across 29 funds and around EUR 40 billion in assets under management. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 19 billion and approximately 110,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership. More info: www.eqtpartners.com

Copyright 2019 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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SUSE Partners with Intel and SAP to Accelerate IT Transformation with Persistent Memory in the Data Center

January 17, 2019

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is the first enterprise Linux optimized for Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory with SAP HANA® workloads

NUREMBERG, Germany / BENGALURU, India – January 17, 2019 – SUSE® today announced support for Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory with SAP HANA®. Running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, SAP HANA users can now take advantage of high-capacity Intel Optane DC persistent memory in the data center. Users can optimize their workloads by moving and maintaining larger amounts of data closer to the processor and minimizing the higher latency of fetching data from system storage during maintenance. Support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory, currently available in beta from multiple cloud service providers and hardware vendors, is another way SUSE is helping customers transform their IT infrastructures to reduce costs, deliver higher performance and compete more efficiently.

Persistent memory technology will spark new applications for data access and storage,” said Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE CTO. “By offering a fully supported solution built on Intel Optane DC persistent memory, businesses can take greater advantage of the performance of SAP HANA. SUSE continues to partner with companies like SAP and Intel to serve customers worldwide who are looking to fuel growth by transforming their IT infrastructure. It is their needs that drive the direction of our innovation.”

Alper Ilkbahar, Vice President and General Manager of the Non-volatile Memory and Storage Solutions Group at Intel, said, “Intel Optane DC persistent memory represents a new class of memory and storage technology architected specifically for data center usage. This new memory class is designed to enable cost-effective, large-capacity in-memory database solutions, help provide greater system uptime and faster recovery after power cycles, and deliver higher-performance cloud-scale applications. By working together with SUSE and SAP to bring this transformative technology to our customers, we can help enable them to take advantage of a whole new generation of applications and services that can deliver revolutionary capabilities for the datacentric era.”

Martin Heisig, SAP HANA Technology Innovation Network, said, “The ability to deliver persistent memory for SAP HANA is a significant milestone in our ongoing relationship with SUSE and Intel. The SAP Digital Core is built on the concept of simplifying the infrastructure for increased productivity and real-time insights.”

SAP HANA offers businesses of all sizes a high-performance database solution for their SAP applications. Customers using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications running SAP HANA workloads on Intel Optane DC persistent memory can expect infrastructure cost savings alongside a reduction in management overhead. Because SAP HANA workloads run on Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise is currently the only solution to offer support for SAP HANA and Intel Optane DC persistent memory.

Support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory with SAP HANA workloads running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is included in SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 4, which is now available worldwide. For more information about SUSE Linux Enterprise, visit www.suse.com/sles.

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About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 25 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

Copyright 2019 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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SUSECON Global Open Source Conference Opens Registrations

November 9, 2018

SUSECON 2019 in Nashville to feature high-quality technical content and showcase the latest digital transformation innovations

NUREMBERG, Germany / BENGALURU, India – November 9, 2018 – With its theme “My kind of open,” SUSECON 2019 is now welcoming attendee registrations and submissions for high-quality technical content via the call for papers. The global SUSE® end-user conference is being held April 1-5, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee.

By investing in collaboration and choice for partners, customers and community members, SUSE has redefined “open” to be more than just open source code. SUSECON showcases that openness in the latest software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that are flexible enough to be deployed anywhere and are fueling digital transformation and business growth. IT transformation requires new technologies like Kubernetes, flexible and scalable solutions for managing IoT devices and the data they collect, and artificial intelligence/machine learning solutions powered by high-performance computing. SUSECON features these and other open source technologies and solutions that are helping enterprises build modular and agile infrastructures using multi/hybrid cloud approaches that bridge the gap between traditional IT and the IT of tomorrow.

SUSECON has tripled in size over the past few years, while still keeping that unique spirit and energy that comes from the SUSE culture,” said Michael Miller, President of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing for SUSE. “SUSECON combines high-quality technical content with our open approach to business relationships and our commitment to an open, open source development and business model which helps customers and partners succeed. All of which is more critical to IT organizations today than ever before. SUSECON 2019 will feature deep-dive technical sessions, hands-on labs and also direct access to executives and technology experts who will provide a clear view of what’s coming next and what it means for the digital enterprise of the future.”

Each year SUSECON stretches the limits of industry user events by delivering roadmap information, technical content, education and certification opportunities (including complimentary certification exams), and networking in a fun, engaging and uniquely SUSE environment. For example, this year friends of SUSE are invited to participate in SUSECON’s legendary parody music videos. Participants can win a trip to SUSECON in Nashville and have their song produced by SUSE by submitting the top song idea with parody lyrics. The second-place idea and lyrics will also be recorded and posted to YouTube.

The SUSECON Call for Papers is open through Nov. 25. Customers, partners and community enthusiasts are encouraged to submit their session proposals. For more information about SUSECON, including registration, call for papers and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.susecon.com.

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About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 25 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

Copyright 2018 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


SUSE Secures OpenChain Certification, Meeting the New Industry Benchmark for a Simplified Open Source Experience

October 24, 2018

SUSE becomes the first enterprise Linux distributor to certify to OpenChain

EDINBURGH, Scotland / BENGALURU, India – October 24, 2018 – SUSE® today announced it is OpenChain certified, an initiative to make open source licensing more predictable, understandable and efficient for participants of the software supply chain. As a trailblazer in this movement, SUSE is the first enterprise Linux distributor to earn conformance with the OpenChain Project Specification. In doing so, SUSE is helping free industry resources to focus on innovation by reducing complex processes.

The industry standard for managing open source compliance across the supply chain, the OpenChain Project helps to identify and share the core components of a high quality open source licensing program and convey this across the supply chain. OpenChain builds trust in open source by making things simpler, more efficient and more consistent.

For more than 25 years, SUSE has created and engaged with open source communities as a foundation for its enterprise solutions,” said Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE CTO. “We always engage with the community to better meet customer needs, and our OpenChain certification is another indication to enterprises that we are committed to making their experience with open source software more reliable and cost effective.”

Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager, said, “The OpenChain Standard is suitable for every organization involved in the open source supply chain. Welcoming SUSE to our community is a landmark milestone that illustrates how we positively impact the beginning of the supply chain. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with a great team toward goals that will ultimately benefit thousands of companies across the globe.”

SUSE’s OpenChain certification is underpinned by the recently published SUSE Open Source Policy, which publicly shares SUSE’s longtime values, procedures and guidelines for open source software development and engagement.

Ralf Flaxa, SUSE President of Engineering, said, “Securing OpenChain compliance was a logical step for SUSE, as OpenChain provides an industry format that documents our existing R&D process that we have refined over many years. With so much of our engineering efforts tied to openSUSE and many other open source communities, programs such as OpenChain will enable us to ensure we are using equivalent terminology and guidelines so more time is spent on innovation and less on process.”

For more information about SUSE and open source, visit opensource.suse.com.

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About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 25 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

Copyright 2018 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


SUSE and Alibaba Cloud Partner to Meet Global Demand for Cloud-Based Business-Critical Applications

October 22, 2018

Alibaba Cloud joins SUSE Cloud Service Provider program, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is now available on Alibaba Cloud Marketplace

NUREMBERG, Germany / BENGALURU, India – October 22, 2018 – SUSE® and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, are expanding their global strategic partnership in public cloud services in response to rapidly growing customer demand for cost-effective and flexible SAP workloads on public cloud. Alibaba Cloud has joined the SUSE Cloud Service Provider program, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications are now available in the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace for customers worldwide.

Modern SAP systems running critical workloads need to meet the highest standards of availability for their SAP services running in customer data centers or on public cloud environments,” said Naji Almahmoud, SUSE Vice President of Global Alliances. “We are excited about our partnership with Alibaba Cloud, as it offers customers agility, pay-as-you-go capabilities and system availability up to 99.999 percent. SUSE and partners such as Alibaba Cloud are enabling customers to manage complexity, reduce cost and deliver the business-critical services that are powering their own digital transformation. SUSE works with customers’ preferred partners and vendors in this way to support innovation as well as optimization of their current infrastructure as they evolve their systems to meet business needs.”

Dajiang Han, Head of Global Alliances, Alibaba Cloud Global, said, “We are delighted to expand our partnership with SUSE. As one of the leading global cloud service providers, Alibaba Cloud has extensive experience in the public cloud sector. Combining with our strong global infrastructure, we aim to continue to deliver more high-quality products and services to our customers worldwide with efficiency and flexibility.”

Organizations can now run mission-critical applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications – a leading platform for SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA – in the flexible and innovative Alibaba Cloud services. Together, SUSE and Alibaba Cloud make it easier for customers to deploy SAP workloads on the Alibaba Cloud. Customers can deploy SAP-as-a-Service within a few clicks and fully deploy the services often in less than 30 minutes. Alibaba Cloud and SUSE also jointly developed and validated a best practice to automate SAP HANA System Replication failover powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability technology.

Additional SUSE products are planned for the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace in the near future.

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About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 25 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

Copyright 2018 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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