Siemens Business Services, the IT service subsidiary of German electronics giant Siemens, has agreed to a sales partnership with SuSE Linux.
Under the deal, SBS will give SuSE "premier partner" status and offer SuSE's range of Linux operating system software products and services to customers across Europe.
In return, SuSE will provide the Munich-based IT service provider access to its product development and technical support, from tendering through to implementation.
Increasingly, more customers have requested open-source platforms in recent months, SBS said. The company, one of Europe's largest IT service providers, reported sales in 2003 of around €5.2bn, of which more than 75% were generated outside the Siemens group.
Novell acquired SuSE in November.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service