Obsidian adds SUSE to its arsenal

Johannesburg, 23 Apr 2013
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South Africa's foremost open source solutions provider, Obsidian, has signed up as a consultancy partner and reseller of SUSE Linux enterprise server products and solutions.

This further strengthens the company's position in the enterprise environment where it has established a significant foothold as a provider of leading open source platforms and solutions. Obsidian has built this reputation on the back of almost 20 years as a dedicated provider of open source solutions from leading open source brands.

"We are all about open source software in the enterprise, so we are very excited about adding SUSE to the arsenal of solutions we can offer to our customer base," says Muggie van Staden, Obsidian MD. "We feel there is definitely a place for SUSE in the market and this agreement allows us to offer the SUSE solutions to existing customers, while also opening up new opportunities for us."

These new opportunities are by virtue of SUSE's solutions and track record in industry sectors into which Obsidian is keen to expand its influence. These are specifically in the retail space through SUSE Linux Enterprise Point-Of-Sale (SLEPOS) that is used widely in South Africa, and is a sector in which the company has a strong customer base.

SUSE as a preferred platform for SAP is another area in which Van Staden sees scope for growth as it will address a market gap not filled by the other solutions it has offered to date.

"This is a great development for SUSE as Obsidian is a highly skilled organisation with a track record going back 18 years," says Matthew Lee, regional manager SUSE South Africa. "SUSE strongly believes vendor-supported open source technology is the best possible way to develop enterprise software and to service the growing customer base in terms of architecture, deployment and maintenance."

Van Staden says this latest addition to its range of enterprise solutions will enable Obsidian to provide an even more complete service to customers, and hopefully further drive adoption of open source solutions in business-critical applications.


Obsidian, provider of enterprise open source in southern Africa, offers open source and related technology services, including training, consulting, products and solutions. Since starting in 1995, Obsidian has grown to become the premier OSS solutions provider.

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Established in 1992, SUSE is the original provider of the enterprise Linux distribution and the most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing. Through its continued commitment to the highest quality Linux support and innovative products, SUSE grew more than threefold after it was acquired by Novell in 2004. Now operating as an independent business unit of The Attachmate Group, SUSE continues its unwavering focus on the benefits of open source and the needs of its commercial partners and customers.

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