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In my blog, “Is time running out for your SAP Linux support?”, I talked about SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 11 SP4 soon reaching its March 31, 2019 end date for General Support. This date has passed. To maintain support you have a choice of either upgrading to a currently supported version or adding Long Term Service Pack Support (LTSS). But if you’re an early adopter of SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems, then it’s not just a matter of upgrading the Linux OS. You need to migrate your data from Big Endian to Little Endian format. Also, your data is still probably in an SAP HANA 1.0 database so you’ll also need to migrate to SAP HANA 2.0. All of this can take significant time and effort.

To help ease this transition, SUSE has a special offer: get a 3-year subscription to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 15 or 12 and get 1 year of LTSS free! This gives you one year to evaluate and test your data and SAP HANA 2.0 migration without disrupting your current operations. When your migration is completed, you’re infrastructure is better aligned with the SAP S/4HANA roadmap and you get the latest features in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications. The blog I referenced above lists the many enhancements available since the 11 SP4 release.

Keeping your mission-critical SAP systems supported and secure is important. Also, SAP HANA 2.0 is required for the latest SAP S/4HANA and BW/4HANA capabilities that your lines-of-business need to become an SAP “Digital Enterprise.” To take advantage of this offer, contact your SUSE sales representative, reseller partner or IBM Technical Support Services (TSS) about the SUSE “3 with 1” offer for IBM Power Systems customers. Regardless of when you start, the LTSS subscription expires on March 31, 2020 so don’t delay.

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