SUSE is extending its reach further with today's debut of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications for Power. SUSE has had an optimized version of its enterprise Linux for SAP applications available since 2010.
While that version has run on x86 servers since its inception, Hannes Kühnemund, senior product manager for SUSE, told ServerWatch that this is the first time his company has made SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications available on Power.
The big driver for making SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications available for Power has a lot to do with the SAP HANA database.
"With SAP HANA being developed on SUSE Linux Enterprise and running on Linux only, along with the announcement of SAP HANA being made available on the IBM Power platform, it was an easy decision to make SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications available for IBM Power as well," Kühnemund said.
In terms of any particular feature or performance differences for SUSE for SAP on Power as opposed to other architectures like x86, Kühnemund emphasized that SUSE fully supports the IBM Power platform.
He added that an SAP HANA benchmark on this platform (and its standing against x86) is available for further reference here: http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/bweml-results.htm.
"Many organizations waited to implement SAP HANA because it was not available on IBM Power servers," Kühnemund said.
Additionally, Kühnemund commented that SUSE has seen increased demand after SAP and IBM announced the move of SAP HANA onto IBM Power.
"With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications on Power we ensure there is an optimized operating system for SAP HANA's needs on our customers' preferred platforms," Kühnemund said.