For channel partners, the Dell-SUSE relationship is worth watching. It has been about a year since Attachmate acquired Novell and SUSE Linux. In recent months, SUSE -- essentially a division of Attachmate -- has scored multiple wins with Dell. First came a cloud computing relationship between Dell and SUSE, which involves VMware. Now comes the SUSE-Dell OEM agreement.
Smart SUSE MoveKeep a close eye on SUSE Studio, one of the best gifts Novell executives offered the Linux community before selling the company to Attachmate.
Generally speaking, SUSE Studio has allowed third-party ISVs (independent software vendors) to rapidly build application stacks on SUSE Linux. Most of the chatter around SUSE Studio has involved so-called software appliances, which can ease application deployments for channel partners and customers.
No doubt, Dell has relationships with multiple Linux distributions -- including SUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Canonical Ubuntu. But SUSE apparently is the "first Linux vendor" in the Dell OEM Technology Partner program.
Sort of makes you wonder: Is something deeper brewing between Dell and SUSE? Hmmm...