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Today I have breaking news about SAP HANA and NetWeaver support and certifications for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications. Over the last few weeks there have been three important updates, and it’s all good news.

Update #1: Relax. SAP HANA 1.0 Support has been extended.

In July this year, SAP announced that maintenance for SAP HANA 1.0 SPS12 has been extended by two years. SPS12 is the last SPS for SAP HANA 1.0 and will now have maintenance available through May 2021.

This change includes the IBM POWER Big Endian (ppc64) hardware platform. So if you just recently deployed SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 11 SP4, you can continue to use this platform for two additional years as you start your transition to SAP S/4HANA. Remember that Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is not available for SAP HANA 1.0 on IBM Power servers.

The End of General Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 11 SP4 is planned for March 31, 2019. Long Term Service Pack Support (LTSS) for x86-64 and POWER are available to provide these customers with support for SLES through March 2022.

See the SAP blog here https://blogs.saphana.com/2017/07/26/you-spoke-we-listened-updates-to-sap-hana-release-and-maintenance/ and the SAP note here https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/0002378962 .

 

Update #2: Happy birthday SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems!

SUSE has collaborated with IBM and SAP to deliver SAP HANA on POWER processor-based systems for over 3 years, with IBM announcing its first release in August 2015. Two years later SAP gives the platform a nice birthday present by announcing that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP2 for SAP HANA 2.0 SPS2 is validated for the IBM POWER Little Endian (ppc64le) hardware platform.

Here is a complete list of the SAP Notes for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications for SAP 2.0 on both x86-64 and ppc64le platforms. You will need your SAP S-id to open them.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for SAP Applications 12 SP1 and 12 SP2

 This catches the POWER platform up with all SAP HANA features and validation available for the x86-64 systems. Now you can deploy the newest performance, availability and rapid deployment features of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP2 on your choice of hardware platform with the confidence of full support by SAP.

Still waiting for RHEL for SAP HANA support on IBM Power after two years? It’s probably time to go ahead and start that S/4HANA transition with SAP HANA 2.0 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications.

 

Update #3: NetWeaver High Availability is important, right?

Also in August this year, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 for x86-64 has achieved SAP Certification NW-HA-CLU 7.40. In plain English, this means that the high availability feature that is included with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is certified by SAP to manage NetWeaver clusters. Certification for IBM Power servers is in progress and expected to be available in the autumn of 2017. You can see this certification on the SAP Certified Solutions Directory here: www.sap.com/dmc/exp/2013_09_adpd/enEN/search.html#search=NW-HA-CLU&recordid=93250000.

In fact you can look at all of the available certified solutions for NetWeaver and high availability here https://www.sap.com/dmc/exp/2013_09_adpd/enEN/search.html#search=NW-HA-CLU but you won’t find Red Hat’s high availability solution listed. I don’t know about you, but I see a pattern emerging here.

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