Live Patching helps deliver nonstop IT with IBM Power Systems | SUSE Communities

Live Patching helps deliver nonstop IT with IBM Power Systems


SUSE just extended Live Patching to IBM Power Systems. Driven by customer demand, this is yet another stellar step toward zero downtime that IBM Power customers want, need, and have asked SUSE to provide. Building on the success of Live Patching for the x86 platform, SUSE is the first to provide Live Patching for IBM Power Systems.

So, Why are customers demanding Live Patching? To help them improve business continuity and lower costs by reducing downtime, increasing service availability and enhancing security and compliance. Downtime is not an option for a host of business-critical applications ranging from artificial intelligence apps, big data analytics and databases such as Oracle and SQL, to performance-demanding in-memory database applications such as SAP HANA.

Live Patching for IBM Power Systems lets customers apply Linux kernel fixes on the fly with zero interruption in service keeping business-critical applications running in the event of critical kernel security updates. And not only is this zero impact to service, but rolling out Live Patches can be done with industry standard management tools. No need to build out yet another management framework to maintain service uptime and compliance for your business critical applications.

Our solution provides more uptime and predictability in the enterprise data center, which is essential to customers’ ability to satisfy the demands of business-critical workloads. In turn, they are able to meet the demands of their own customers more effectively, quickly adapting to changing market conditions and maximizing economic efficiency.

Stefanie Chiras, vice president, IBM Systems Group, said, “As a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company, IBM is changing industries around the world. A key part of this transformation is modernizing underlying infrastructure so it is highly reliable, high performing, secure and agile and it can fully leverage the data and investments in our customers’ enterprises. We’ve always worked hand in hand with partners like SUSE to deliver these capabilities. Live patching for the IBM Power Systems portfolio is another important step in this transformation and will help accelerate outcomes for thousands of clients worldwide.”

SUSE and IBM have collaborated on the world’s most mission-critical systems for more than two decades. IBM originally worked with SUSE to bring Linux to IBM’s largest systems, and today the companies continue to work together on new solutions that maximize performance, availability and customer choice. Live Patching on IBM Power Systems is part of our software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that, along with our flexible business practices and lack of vendor lock-in, are more critical to IT organizations than ever before.

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