VMware and Novell announced on Wednesday general availability of Suse Linux Enterprise Server for VMware, geared for use in virtualised and cloud environments. Suse Linux Enterprise Server for VMware is designed to reduce IT complexity and assist with the evolution to a fully virtualised data centre, the companies said.

The Suse Linux technology enables users to port Suse Linux workloads across clouds. "This unique partnership gives VMware and Novell customers a simplified and lower cost way to virtualise and manage their IT environments, from the cloud to fully virtualised data centres," said Joe Wagner, Novell senior vice president and general manager for global alliances, in a statement released by the two companies.

"With Suse Linux Enterprise Server for VMware, we provide customers a proven enterprise Linux operating platform with subscription to patches and updates at no additional cost, improving their ability to complete the transformation of their data centre into a private cloud while further increasing their return on investment," said Raghu Raghuram, senior vice president and general manager for virtualisation and cloud platforms at VMware, also in a statement.

VMware also will offer an option to purchase technical support services for Suse Linux Enterprise Server for VMware, providing a seamless support experience, the companies said.