HP now certifies Red Hat, SUSE and Ubuntu Linux operating systems on their ProLiant server and as such, their salesforce and resellers could potentially direct customers to specific distributions for a given use-case. Semandeni explained that the customer dynamic is what typically determines which distribution will be used.
“For example, most enterprise customers always default to Red Hat,”Mark Semadeni, ProLiant Linux Business Manager at Hewlett-Packard, explained to InternetNews.com. “For hyper-scale and our public cloud customers they lean toward Ubuntu.”
For tighter vertical-like running SAP applications, HP sees a lot of demand for SUSE. It all comes down to customer preference and workload dynamics, according to Semandeni.
“Right now, enterprise customers don’t want to bet the farm on a company that may or may not be around in terms of Ubuntu, where they are still working toward profitability, versus Red Hat, which has just passed a billion in sales,” Semandeni said. “It’s all about the level of risk that customers are willing to take and the price they are willing to pay.