German Software Giants SAP and SuSE Sign Global Services Pact

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Two German software giants struck a pact designed to accelerate adoption on Linux.

On Tuesday, SuSE, Nuremberg, Germany, and SAP, Walldorf, Germany, announced a global technology pact that will extend support and services to customers running mySAP application servers on SuSE's Linux Enterprise Server.

MySAP for SuSE's enterprise Linux server became available last year. As part of the deal announced this week, SAP will provide services and support to customers using its e-business software on SuSe's advanced Linux server, a competitor to Red Hat Advanced Server.

In May 2002, SAP announced the availability of on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server running on IBM's eServer zSeries mainframe. SuSE is a member of UnitedLinux, a Red Hat competitor that operates in the United States from its Oakland, Calif., office.

The news follows a major reselling and services agreement reached last month between IBM and Red Hat that will enable IBM Global Services to sell and service Red Hat Advanced Server, another enterprise Linux server that was launched last spring.

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