Microsoft and SUSE, now an independent business unit of Attachmate following the acquisition of Novell, have announced a four-year extension of their agreement for broad collaboration on Windows and Linux interoperability and support, under which Microsoft will invest $100-million in new SUSE Linux Enterprise certificates for customers receiving Linux support from SUSE.

The joint Microsoft-SUSE collaboration, which stirred controversy among open source pundits when it was first signed five years ago, has served more than 725 customers worldwide across a range of industries, such as manufacturing, oil and gas, healthcare, and financial services.
“Our collaboration with SUSE not only helps customers to achieve success today, but also seeks to provide them with a solid foundation for tomorrow,” says Sandy Gupta, GM of the Open Solutions Group at Microsoft. “Through our continued engagement on the technical side, an outstanding support offering from SUSE and our ability to provide mutual IP assurance, we feel confident that we will be able to deliver core value to those running mixed-source IT environments well into the future — and into the cloud.”
Michael Miller, vice-president, global alliances and marketing, SUSE, adds: “We’re pleased to extend our long-term relationship with Microsoft. Our mutual commitment to help organisations make the most of mixed Linux and Windows Server environments is what has made this collaboration successful. We will continue to work with Microsoft to deliver solutions that enable our joint customers to manage critical workloads in mixed-source environments across a wide range of computing models, including private, hybrid and full-cloud implementations.”