SUSE drops OpenStack Cloud

SUSE, a long-time supporter of the OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud program, is getting out of the OpenStack cloud business.

For years, SUSE, the European Linux and open-source company, was one of the OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud program’s champions. No longer. SUSE has decided to cease production of new versions and to discontinue sales of SUSE OpenStack Cloud.

This comes only a few months after SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9 was released. This was based on the OpenStack Rocky. release and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP4. It was also the first release to integrate HPE’s Helion OpenStackSUSE had acquired HPE cloud assets three years earlier.

Why the sudden shift? SUSE stated, “SUSE is focusing on and increasing our strategic investments in the application delivery market and its opportunities in order to align with technology trends in the industry and, most important, with our customers’ needs. So SUSE will be working more on its Kubernetes-based  application delivery offerings, SUSE Cloud Application Platform and SUSE CaaS Platform.”  SUSE also hinted there would be “future technology acquisitions.”

In an e-mail, Michael Miller, SUSE’s president of corporate development and strategic alliances, said, “SUSE is focusing and increasing our strategic investments on the application delivery market and its opportunities in order to align with technology trends in the industry and, most important, with our customers’ needs. These adjustments will allow SUSE to better align resources with our customer needs, strategic direction and market opportunities. This additional focus will fuel SUSE’s momentum as a forward-looking, independent open-source company with exciting objectives for growth and innovation.”

 

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