VMware has been trying to influence software vendors to reword their licenses so that their customers can use existing licenses to run copies of software on a cloud service.
For instance, Microsoft plans to allow its customers to bring their own enterprise licenses to the VMware cloud, at least for SQL Server, SharePoint Server, Exchange Server and Lync Server.
Windows Server 2008 licenses, however, still need to be purchased separately to run on the VMware cloud.
Suse and VMware have been working together at least since 2010, when Suse was part of Novell, Rego said. Reportedly, VMware even considered purchasing Suse from Novell in 2010.
That deal never materialized -- Attachmate later purchased Novell and separated Suse from Novell as its own business unit. But Suse Enterprise Server now comes bundled with vSphere virtual machine management console, with SLES' maintenance costs bundled into VMware's support agreement.
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service now runs on a data center located in Las Vegas and, beginning in September, two additional locations, Santa Clara, California, and Sterling, Virginia.