SUSE Joins the Microsoft Test Drive Program

Jul 12, 2016

Customers can take a free test drive of SLES for HPC on the Azure Cloud

Long-time Microsoft partner SUSE has joined the Microsoft Test Drive program to offer free test drives of SLES for HPC (High Performance Computing) though the Azure Marketplace. The Linux vendor has also joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance.

According to SUSE, SLES seamlessly integrates with Azure cloud services to deliver an easily manageable cloud environment. More than 11,400 applications are certified and supported on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on the growing network of global data centers with Azure, including Microsoft Government Cloud.

Linux has been steadily increasing its presence in Microsoft's Azure Cloud. According to Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft Azure, one out of three Azure cloud machines runs Linux.

“SUSE’s growth on Azure means more options for customers,” said Naji Almahmoud, Vice President of cloud and software alliances for SUSE. “It is yet another indicator of SUSE’s commitment to helping enterprise customers be successful.”

The Microsoft SUSE partnership dates back to 2006, when SUSE was owned by Novell.

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