SuSE will be run as a separate company under Attachmate, which acquired SuSE as part of its purchase of Novell, which completed in April.
"By operating SUSE as a separate business unit focused on the Linux market we can accelerate our delivery of high-value Linux solutions that help organisations enhance growth, reduce costs, tame complexity and spur innovation," said Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager of SuSE.
"We have the world-class engineering resources, partners and state-of-the-art technologies to succeed. Now we are sharpening our focus on making SuSE Linux Enterprise the pre-eminent Linux distribution across physical, virtual and cloud environments," he added.
The Novell eDirectory and systems management tools will be part of the NetIQ business at Attachmate, which according to Ton Musters, vice-president of sales, Emea, at NetIQ, will focus on identity, security and system management, operations centre, and cloud manager.
"The combined NetIQ organisation has a very strong customer base, and the market in these areas is growing very fast. There is hardly any overlap in products," he said.