This decision comes only a few months after its release SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9. This version was based on OpenStack Rocky and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP4. It was the first version to have HPE's Helion OpenStack integrated.
According to Michael Miller, Chairman of Corporate Development: "SUSE is focusing and increasing its strategic investment in delivering applications that are in line with technological trends, and in particular customer needs. So SUSE will focus on applications based on Kubernetes, such as the SUSE Cloud Application Platform and the SUSE CaaS Platform ».
Mr Miller also said that this change would empower the company, and establish it as an independent open-source a company that sets great goals and pursues growth and innovation.
The company also mentioned customers who are users of SUSE OpenStack. The company will continue to support software until the end of customer support and has already started helping them users in their smooth transition to an alternative.
On the other hand, SUSE will enhance its business offering, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and Ceph-based program storage, SUSE Enterprise Storage.
These changes may be related to the change of CEO of SUSE. Melissa Di Donato acquired the position of CEO in July. Its purpose was to develop and expand SUSE. With this move, it seems that Di Donato believes SUSE will evolve if it focuses on Kubernetes-based hybrid cloud.
As for the company behind OpenStack, it doesn't seem to be worried about stopping working with Suse. Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation, said there are many other companies for it distribution software and that OpenStack is the market's top choice.
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