The company has just a handful of storage solutions partners around the globe. The solution partner program is its highest partner tier.
Mark Salter, vice-president of Channels for SUSE, said that Aptira embodied what SUSE was looking for in a solution partner.
“Aptira has superior technical knowhow and we are impressed with its commitment to providing customers with the best solution possible with no vendor lock-in, which is a philosophy that SUSE as the open, open-source company, also subscribes to,” Salter said.
The obvious inference is that offerings from Red Hat, the world's biggest open source company, tend to be those where a customer has to use every bit of its technology. Else, things will not work as expected.
“The APJ region presents many opportunities for SUSE in open source adoption and working with Aptira will enable us to make greater in-roads to growing the business in the various countries in this region.
"We have many synergies with Aptira and this includes both SUSE and Aptira belonging to the board for the OpenStack Foundation and being active members.”
Tristan Goode, founder, chief executive and board director of Aptira, said: “We like to partner with like-minded companies. In SUSE, we have a mutually complementary portfolio, and a joint desire to concentrate on offerings that are commercially better for customers.
“Becoming SUSE’s first Solution Partner in APJ for storage shows that we do much more than just OpenStack. We also offer a full range of technical services from consulting, solution delivery, systems integration through to managed services and support.”