SUSE, the oldest Linux company has just upped the PaaS and IaaS game with the acquisition of HPE\u2019s OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets and talent. Michael Miller, President of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing at SUSE, told me in an interview that this acquisition involves assets from both the Helion OpenStack product and the Helion Stackato product.\n\nTalent? What talent?\n\nOne of the highlights of this announcement was that SUSE will also be acquiring engineering talent from HPE. But we all know that HPE laid off many OpenStack engineers, so what kind of \u2018talent\u2019 will SUSE be acquiring through this acquisition? \u00a0Miller told me that \u201ca significant number of HPE engineers with experience in OpenStack IaaS, Cloud Foundry PaaS, containers and Kubernetes will join SUSE after the close of the transaction.\u201d\n\n\nAnother important point to be kept in mind is that there is a dearth of OpenStack talent in the market, so all the engineers that were laid off by HPE have either already been hired by someone, or SUSE may soon be their new home.\n\nSUSE is not keeping its eggs in one basket\n\nSUSE, just like Red Hat, is expanding beyond the Linux distribution business. While SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) remains the backbone of the company, it\u2019s experiencing tremendous growth around cloud-related technologies, notably OpenStack and software-defined storage.\n\n\nI sat down with Nils Brauckmann, CEO of SUSE, at SUSECon 2016, where he told me that OpenStack is an important piece in the fabric of infrastructure and SUSE is heavily invested in it. \u201cSUSE approaches OpenStack with the exact same principle that we approach Linux and other products: enterprise reliability, enterprise quality, and being in there in the long run.\u201d\n\n\nThat\u2019s when he hinted at more technology acquisitions around these technologies and stated, \u201cWe will do technology acquisitions to strengthen our portfolio and unpin our move into these adjacent markets.\u201d\n\n\nI predicted correctly that we can expect more technology acquisitions or new partnerships from SUSE in OpenStack, networking, application platform services, containers, orchestration.... Everything is game for SUSE.\n\n\nBut SUSE is not new to the OpenStack game. SUSE already has a very strong OpenStack product portfolio through SUSE OpenStack Cloud. And they are not just doing yet another OpenStack distribution, they are also bringing innovation to it. With the release of SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6, SUSE introduced the much needed non-disruptive upgrade capabilities for future OpenStack releases.\n\n\n\u201cIf enterprise customers want to move to a new version of OpenStack they don\u2019t have to replace and rebuild; they can now do a normal upgrade from an older version of OpenStack cloud to a newer version,\u201d Brauckmann told me in an interview. \u201cWhat it means is that they can easily move with OpenStack innovation.\u201d\n\n\nThe acquisition of HPE\u2019s OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets will only strengthen SUSE\u2019s position in the IaaS and PaaS world.\n\nBuilding bridges between PaaS and IaaS\n\nOpenStack and Cloud Foundry are often seen as competing technologies that overlap each other. But the fact is they solve different problems. If Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP create the LAMP stack that changed the web, then Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, Docker, Kubernetes can be seen as a stack that\u2019s redefining cloud. They complement each other.\n\n\nSUSE knows it quite well and that is why they are betting on both.\n\n\n\u201cWe see PaaS as a strategic component of our software defined infrastructure and application platform strategy, and Cloud Foundry as the PaaS open source project and technology that brings together the best innovation and industry collaboration,\u201d said Miller. \u201cWe want to leverage that innovation for the benefit of our customers and we have a vision for the convergence of CaaS technologies like Docker and Kubernetes, and PaaS technologies like Cloud Foundry that we think will address the real-world needs of our customers and partners. We will now work with the Cloud Foundry community to develop that vision.\u201d\n\nBetting big on Cloud Foundry\n\nAt SUSECon, Brauckmann told me about SUSE\u2019s increasing interest in Cloud Foundry, \u201cWe are definitely looking more into doing something around Cloud Foundry. We are now looking to play a bigger role in the platform as a service in Cloud Foundry market. That's probably the next step where you see us being more active in the future,\u201d he said.\n\n\nThat\u2019s exactly what SUSE has done. Not only they are acquiring Cloud Foundry assets from HPE, they are also upgrading their Cloud Foundry Foundation membership to platinum level. SUSE initially joined Cloud Foundry Foundation as a silver level member in 2015.\n\n\nBeing a platinum member of Cloud Foundry Foundation, SUSE also gets a seat on the foundation\u2019s board of directors. SUSE CTO Thomas Di Giacomo will also be serving on the Foundation\u2019s Board of Directors.\n\n\n\u201cAs an early pioneer in open source, their customers are some of the largest, most complex companies in the world. We look forward to supporting their efforts as they expand their footprint with Cloud Foundry,\u201d said Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation.\n\n\nTo build a bridge between OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, SUSE is working on a couple of things, \u201cThere are several things we are working on now (such as the CPI work in conjunction with SAP and the OpenStack Validator work) and we'll look for others as we continue to develop our IaaS, CaaS and PaaS solutions (such as shared Kubernetes managed containers),\u201d said Miller.\n\nSUSE is back\n\nThis is the second technology acquisition by SUSE in within the past month. During SUSECon, in November 2016, SUSE announced the acquisition of OpenATTIC, a software-defined storage technology. These acquisitions prove that SUSE is finally getting aggressive. They now have the financial backing from MicroFocus that they needed in order to spread their wings and take off.