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SUSE and AWS – 10 Years of Collaboration and Innovation


This year marks 10 years since Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SUSE first collaborated to bring SUSE’s open source technologies to AWS customers looking for elastic, scalable and cost-effective cloud solutions. Over the past decade, SUSE has been a leader in driving innovation for Linux solutions on AWS, accumulating an ever-growing list of milestones and achievements along the way. Some of those achievements include:

  • SUSE is an Advanced Technology Partner as part of the Amazon Partner Network (APN), and we added the AWS Container Competency in 2019 and inclusion in the AWS Public Sector Partner Program in early 2020. These designations demonstrate SUSE’s continuing strong partnership with AWS and our commitment to support customers on their journey to the cloud with enterprise Linux and open source technologies.
  • Throughout our 10-year journey together, SUSE and AWS have seen thousands of joint customers run SUSE open source technologies alongside a variety of AWS services, allowing them to save on costs, achieve greater efficiencies, unlock new opportunities and successfully achieve their business and IT objectives. Phillips 66, L.B. Foster, Pacific Drilling and Fitch Ratings, along with joint partners Wipro and Lemongrass, are just a few who have experienced these benefits.

One of the First Enterprise Linux Distributions Available on Amazon EC2

  • Beginning in 2010, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was one of the first enterprise Linux distributions available on AWS (Amazon EC2). Since 2012, when AWS first certified its platform for SAP workloads, including SAP HANA One, customers have been using the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system to run their SAP applications on AWS.
  • In 2013, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server became one of the first Linux distributions to be included in AWS Free Tier, where you run up to 750 hours of monthly Linux usage on a t1.micro instance. That was followed a few months later by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on Amazon EC2 availability in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, an isolated AWS Region designed to allow U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies, contractors and customers with regulatory needs to move more sensitive workloads to the cloud.

SAP Certified Production Workloads with SUSE in the AWS Marketplace

  • When AWS certified its instances for SAP HANA in 2014, customers started using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for their SAP HANA deployments on AWS as well. Starting in 2015, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications – our purpose-built Linux OS optimized to run SAP workloads that was created through joint engineering collaboration with SAP – became available in the AWS Marketplace as an on-demand, pay-as-you-go image, so our existing and new customers can more easily get started with their mission-critical SAP workloads (SAP HANA, S/4HANA, and NetWeaver).
  • Today customers can run SAP-certified production workloads with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications on AWS with support for a variety of Amazon EC2 instance types (High Memory, R5, i3, C5/M5, bare metal, etc.), high availability configurations, high memory workloads, and large scale-out clusters. There are multiple options for support and the ability to save up to 70% by purchasing Reserved Instances. And now our newest version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 15 SP2, offers unique solutions for automation and monitoring as well as features for near-zero downtime with live patching and high availability cluster management of your SAP HANA, S/4HANA, and NetWeaver environments on AWS. This latest version also offers compatibility with existing solutions and technologies like SUSE Manager, Terraform, Salt, YaST+, Prometheus, Grafana and more.
  • In 2017, SUSE collaborated with AWS on their continued support for SAP workloads through inclusion in the AWS Quick Start for SAP HANA. We’ve since expanded to include S/4HANA and NetWeaver workloads in the AWS Quick Start, as well. The AWS Quick Start for SAP includes AWS CloudFormation templates that help customers rapidly automate and deploy a fully functional SAP environment on AWS following best practices from SAP and AWS in under an hour. And now in 2020, SUSE supports the AWS Launch Wizard to further help automate the deployment of SAP workloads on AWS.

Support for Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS)

  • Further fulfilling its commitment to deliver and support enterprise software solutions that help customers create, deploy and manage workloads anywhere – on premises, hybrid and multi-cloud – SUSE announced in early 2019 additional strategic integration with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) for SUSE Cloud Application Platform. SUSE Cloud Application Platform provides a modern application delivery platform for streamlining lifecycle management of traditional and cloud-native applications. There is also an automated AWS Quick Start reference deployment for SUSE Cloud Application Platform on Amazon EKS, unlocking new opportunities for customers. Built by AWS solutions architects and SUSE, the AWS Quick Start for SUSE Cloud Application Platform on Amazon EKS is automated by AWS CloudFormation templates that build the Amazon EKS foundation and deploy 100%-Kubernetes-native Cloud Foundry architecture in SUSE Cloud Application Platform in about 45 minutes within a customer’s AWS account.

Of course, we are not stopping here. Watch this space for much more to come from SUSE and AWS.

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