The new Dell Cloud Datacenter Service has embraced SUSE as its first Linux platform. The hidden twist: The Dell-SUSE announcement is likely built on the SUSE-VMware relationship, which seeks to counter Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

Dell announced the so-called Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service in August 2011. The Dell Cloud essentially offers customers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The effort, Dell said, "runs in Dell datacenters and offers enterprise class, secure public, private and hybrid clouds and includes consulting, application and infrastructure services."