Don’t Freak Out, HP Did Not Buy SUSE Linux
The matter of the fact is that HPE sold off some of their software to a software company in the UK named ‘Micro Focus’. They referred to their move as a “spin-merge” in which Micro Focus will receive what HPE considers its non-core software assets. So, no. They did not buy anything. They are making this move to allow for them to focus on networking, storage, and data centers after which 50.1% of the new, larger company will belong to HPE. This decisive action is valued at $8.8 billion.
SUSE’s name only came up because it has been owned by Micro Focus since 2014 and the distro is one of the three largest Linux distros today. It was after HPE announced that SUSE would be their preferred Linux partner that people began to think that HPE was acquiring SUSE. Some seemed to think that SUSE could become HPE’s “house-blend Linux to better serve its long-term hardware infrastructure and cloud goals“. Others disagree.
A guy who is a former Apple employee and has been writing about the computing industry for over thirty years, Bob Cringely, had the following to say when he was asked about HPE and SUSE:
“I get it that SUSE is baked into the deal but I doubt that HPE will simply ignore Red Hat, though, as a consequence… Their (HPE) job is fulfilling customer requirements not pushing particular solutions. If HPE wants to be successful they’ll give customers whatever they want and more customers want Red Hat than want SUSE, simple as that. They’ll support BOTH. And while you see this Micro Focus sale as somehow pushing them toward SUSE it actually does the opposite because it frees HPE from its own software legacies, now sold.”
In our opinion, a deal like this will be beneficial for HPE in the long run because it will now be able to focus on three core service areas, namely: networking, storage, and data centers – and we all know that focus begets better quality.
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