Hewlett-Packard servers will now run SuSE Linux's enterprise operating system, which should make it easier for users to buy and maintain.
HP will resell and support the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 on HP ProLiant and Itanium-based servers, giving users "a single point of purchase, support and maintenance".
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The agreement, which goes into effect next month, enhances the two suppliers' relationship, which dates back five years, streamlining for customers the process of ordering Linux HP servers and receiving support.
The deal will also boosts SuSE's sales reach worldwide and enhance HP's Linux business. HP has a similar arrangement with SuSE competitor Red Hat.
For the servers covered by this agreement, HP will provide phone and on-site support, while SuSE will be responsible for calls requiring changes to the operating system's code and generation of software patches.
Juan Carlos Perez writes for IDG News Service