SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware

VMware is announcing the End of Availability (EoA) of all SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware offerings on June 25, 2014. As a result, the SLES for VMware offering will be removed from the VMware price list on July 25, 2014. After this date, customers that purchase VMware vSphere Standard, vSphere Enterprise, or vSphere Enterprise+ (either standalone or as part of a suite) will no longer be eligible to a free SLES for VMware offering.

Customers are not required to take any immediate action. This notification in no way impacts customer's ability to use SLES for VMware past June 25, 2014.

SLES For VMware End of Availability FAQ

When is SLES for VMware EoA effective?
SLES for VMware will be made EoA July 25, 2014.

When will SLES for VMware be taken off the price list?
SLES for VMware will be removed from the price list July 25, 2014.

Can customers continue to use SLES for VMware after EoA?
Yes, customers can continue to use existing installations of SLES for VMware after EoA.

Can customers continue to get updates for SLES for VMware after EoA?
Customers who are running SLES for VMware 11, SP3 will continue to receive patches and updates for SLES for VMware 11 SP 3 for 6 months after the release of SLES 11, SP4.

To continue receiving patches and updates for SLES for VMware 11, SP3 after SLES 11, SP4 is released customers will need to purchase Long Term Service Pack Support.

What is Long Term Service Pack Support?
Long Term Service Pack Support allows you to maintain your current operating system version as long as possible, preserving both the stability and security of your data center, as you transition from one service pack version to the next.

Long Term Service Pack Support includes delivery of patches and updates of SLES for VMware 11, SP3 for 12 months, fixes for critical security issues and severity level 1 and 2 defects.

How can I purchase Long Term Service Pack Support?
Long Term Service Pack Support is available for purchase through your normal VMware purchasing channels.

How long will the Long Term Service Pack Support be available to purchase?
Long Term Service Pack Support will be available to purchase for 6 months after the release of the next SLES service pack.

Can customers continue to get technical support for SLES for VMware after EoA?
Yes, they can. Customers who have active support contracts for SLES for VMware will still be entitled to Technical Support until their SLES for VMware support contract expires.

When is the end of support for SLES for VMware?
End of support is planned for August 25, 2016.

Is VMware introducing another offering that will take the place of SLES for VMware?
There are no immediate plans to introduce another offering.

What are the alternatives to SLES for VMware?
Customers that want to use SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) after the SLES for VMware EoA can purchase a license through SUSE or one of their channel partners.