Peter Lees' prime responsibility is to develop awareness of SUSE products, technologies and capabilities throughout the APAC region. As a technologist with two decades of experience in open systems, IT infrastructure, and cloud computing, Lees has held senior consultant roles at NetApp and Sun Microsystems. Suse has grown faster than the worldwide Linux growth rate (22% last year), according to him. Peter Lees talks about why Suse is becoming a defacto across the IT architecture of enterprises.
In the past, organizations majorly migrating from proprietary architecture towards open source platform for cost savings. Has the evaluation scenario changed now?
Cost savings are still a big issue. However, organizations at large have now got to a point as to - which Linux to run - as they barely look at proprietary systems. All of the real critical reasons of risk in the past have disappeared so it makes little sense for them to incur large expenses. The modern start ups built their IT platforms around cloud and Linux for fulfillment rather than choosing the proprietary platform in the dot com era. Today you can run SUSE Linux on Amazon, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace and all the public clouds. A start up on cloud based architecture can start small with cloud. On increased scale of operations, SUSE studio allows the same package to move in-house or in their internal infrastructure. They can later burst the package to the service provider in the cloud as they grow large or during peak internet usage. We can help the organizations with the entire life cycle. From SMB perspective, it gives great flexibility on per pay use or for shorter period of time. We are building that model with service providers to make it easier for organizations to manage their IT effectively and efficiently based on our proven technology.
What about the erstwhile fight of open source vendors with Microsoft? And how are you aligning with virtualization players like VMware?
Lot of people often think that Microsoft and Linux are at loggerheads. But that is history. A decade ago, the businesses contemplated on deploying Linux or not. The discussion has now moved to - which Linux to use. Microsoft too sees the advantage of being more open architecture based. In Open source concept, many smart people work outside your company and why would you leave on this opportunity. For example you can use SUSE in the active Microsoft directory. They are opening up more and we are helping them more. SUSE Linux acts as perfect guest on Hyper V for example and Windows server works well with Xen and KVM virtualization systems we use. SUSE Linux is in a great position of being the only enterprise Linux recommended for Microsoft and VMware. There is SUSE Linux enterprise server for VMware which can be deployed with any customer that buys VMware. The customer gets SUSE subscription and VMware sells support on this product. Microsoft too sells Linux and if you buy it, it would be SUSE.
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