Etisalat Digital to add SUSE open source solutions

Pay-as-you-go model allows customers to lower cost for their software defined storage

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Etisalat Digital to add SUSE open source solutions Abi-Chahine (left) and Villalonga hailed the partnership as it will deepen SDI deployments in the region.
By  David Ndichu Published  December 14, 2017

Etisalat Digital is to add Linux and open source solutions to its managed services mix after signing a partnership to on-board SUSE solutions.

With the deal, Etisalat customers will have access to a range of SUSE's software-defined infrastructure solutions such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP solutions for business critical big data analytics with SAP HANA and S/4HANA. These solutions can be deployed on public, private or hybrid cloud environments, the company said.

Miguel Angel Villalonga, VP of cloud and datacentre at Etisalat Digital said the partnership with SUSE enables the company to add robust and certified software-defined infrastructure solutions within its cloud and data centre solution. "By leveraging the SUSE portfolio, we can broaden our offerings for hosting and managing mission critical workloads for enterprise and government customers, creating an agile, always on business environment, and helping customers to achieve a zero-downtime environment and lower cost."

Paul Abi-Chahine, regional director, EMEA East at SUSE highlighted the strong appetite for cloud solutions in the UAE and worldwide, as big data and real-time analytics are driving IT transformation in the modern enterprise. "The recent Cloud Report 2017 commissioned by SUSE shows that organisations are taking advantage of software-defined infrastructure (SDI), containers and DevOps to keep pace with the demands of today's markets.

"The partnership with Etisalat Digital combines SUSE's innovative enterprise solutions with the expertise of a world leading Cloud Service Provider, driving digital transformation by enabling enterprises and governments to become smarter through the use of the latest technologies," Abi-Chahine added. 

Customers deploying SUSE Linux Enterprise in the Etisalat Digital public cloud will have the ability to lower cost by converting upfront capital expenses to pay-as-you-go operational expenses.

The business continuity and disaster recovery solutions with SUSE Linux Enterprise in the Etisalat Digital cloud also ensures that businesses stay up-to-date with the latest security patches, feature enhancements and bug fixes with a 24/7 support team. On-demand compute resources enable customers to extend their on-premises HPC cluster into the cloud when more capacity is needed.

Third, running SAP solutions in Etisalat Digital cloud on SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP Applications, provides a highly available platform for all SAP mission-critical workloads through a jointly validated and certified platform.

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