The newly launched VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will start offering a fully supported Suse Linux Enterprise Server by the end of the year, making it the first commercially supported Linux OS that the cloud service plans to offer.
"We have a lot of customers already running Suse Linux in their private data centers who are looking to move to public clouds. They will now be able to use the same tools that they use to manage their [private VMware] to manage their instances in the public VMware cloud," said Frank Rego, Suse's VMware alliance manager.
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Suse announced the pending offer at VMware's VMworld annual user conference, being held this week in San Francisco.
Customers of VMware's cloud service will be able to purchase, from VMware, a monthly support subscription for SLES (Suse Linux Enterprise Server). The subscription will provide patches and updates for the OS.
The advantage that the vCloud Hybrid Service will offer Suse users is ease of shifting their Suse instances between in-house and the hosted service, Rego said. Because both the cloud and on-premise instances will run on VMware's ESX hypervisor, they both can be managed from the VMware vCenter and vCloud management consoles.
"From a VMware customer perspective, there are a lot of benefits to the VMware hybrid cloud. You can use the same tools to manage your private VMware cloud and your public VMware cloud," Rego said.
SLES will be available on the vCloud Hybrid Service Marketplace, a portal that offers software that can be run on the VMware cloud. The marketplace also lists free versions of two other Linux distributions as well: CentOS (which is a free build of Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and Canonical's Ubuntu Server.
Ubuntu Server users that subscribe to Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage support program can apply their licenses to instances of Ubuntu running on the vCloud Hybrid Service.
Suse Linux plans to offer a similar agreement, where subscription holders can apply their licenses that they acquired from Suse to Suse Linux instances in the VMware cloud. The company has not finalized this option as of press time however.