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SUSE and StarLink sign distribution agreement for MENA region

SUSE and StarLink sign distribution agreement for MENA region

SUSE, a pioneer in enterprise open source software, has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with StarLink for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The partnership will allow SUSE to continue expanding its footprint in the region by leveraging StarLink’s capabilities, channel community and customer base. For StarLink, SUSE Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) solutions complement and strengthen its Cloud and Data Center (DC) offerings, especially in the storage stack, and as such, complete its Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) portfolio, providing customers with the ability to continuously innovate and adopt new technologies faster.

“Given the cost considerations in the current market climate, SDDC solutions are becoming extremely attractive for MENA enterprises as they can potentially reduce costs by more than 50% vis-à-vis the traditional datacentre solutions,” said Ramzi Jalajel, sales director of the Cloud and DC division at StarLink.

“Also, with SDDC, the ecological footprint can be reduced by around 70%, which translates to significant power savings and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).”

Nigel Othman, Managing Director at Starlink, added: “As we prepare for the ‘cloud-ready future’, over the last few years we have been investing in expanding our capabilities and solution portfolio in the areas of SDDC, cloud storage and backup.

“As a leading provider of enterprise open source solutions, SUSE’s innovative SDI portfolio perfectly complements the SDDC solutions in our division and we look forward to this partnership as we strongly believe that this association will add tremendous value to each of our organisations.”

As part of the partnership, StarLink will offer SUSE’s complete solution portfolio but based on customer demand and market needs, StarLink will focus primarily on SUSE Enterprise Storage and SUSE cloud solutions. SUSE Enterprise Storage is an intelligent software-defined storage management solution, powered by Ceph technology, that enables organisations to deliver a unified, highly scalable, resilient and cost-efficient storage that can seamlessly adapt to changing business and data demands.

The solution has been designed to help enterprise DevOps and IT Operations teams reduce complexity and regain control of IT assets, ensure compliance with internal security policies and optimise operations to reduce costs. SUSE OpenStack Cloud is an enterprise-ready technology for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) private clouds, giving customers access to automated pools of IT resources to efficiently develop and run applications and workloads in the data centre. Providing customers with the flexibility to quickly and easily respond to new demands. SUSE OpenStack Cloud closely integrates with SUSE Enterprise Storage, powered by Ceph, for highly scalable and resilient software-defined storage capabilities.

“According to recent research by Research and Markets, the SDDC market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.88% between 2017 and 2022,” said Paul-Abi Chahine, Regional Director, EMEA East at SUSE.

“This is in line with the demand we are seeing for our solutions in the MENA region and to that end, we are aggressively looking to expand our market reach.”