New IBM Redpaper: SUSE and IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA
It’s now been a little over five years since IBM announced SAP-validated support for SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems. At that time (and for about 2 years), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was the only supported operating environment and, given the pent-up interest in running SAP HANA on Power, I thought it would be a good idea to author a Redpaper titled “Getting Faster Business Insight with SAP HANA on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and IBM Power Systems.” I’m pleased to announce that, with the help of co-author Alex Cabanes (Offering Manager, SAP Solutions for IBM Power Systems), there is a new Redpaper on this topic titled “SUSE and IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA”.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept of a “Redpaper”, it’s a document in the IBM Redbook family. While Redbooks typically provide detailed step-by-step installation and implementation information for technical IT staff, a Redpaper provides solution information at a higher level for IT executives, managers, and technical architects.
SUSE and IBM engineers have collaborated since that first Redpaper to deliver not only Power server-specific enhancements to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications but also support for additional capabilities with SUSE Manager and SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching. Since I have marketing responsibilities within SUSE for both SAP environments and Power Systems, I contacted the IBM team for help in delivering an update. We wanted to include an update on these new and enhanced capabilities, as well as additional features in Power servers that enable fast and reliable access to SAP HANA data and analytics results.
SUSE and IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA starts with an overview of the business challenges that drive so many organizations to migrate to SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA, and why SUSE solutions on IBM Power Systems is the ideal choice. Then the paper covers the key capabilities of the combined IBM-SUSE solution that enable faster service deployment, reduced downtime, optimized performance, and easier routine maintenance.