SUSE for SAP S/4HANA: Justifying Your Decision
Migrating your SAP solutions and moving to SAP S/4HANA entails a long process of gathering information and making critical decisions. Now that you’ve decided how and where you want to migrate and which platform you’re using, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Your biggest priority now should be knowing how to justify your recommendations to stakeholders across the organization.
A good approach is to highlight the benefits of your chosen solution. While executive stakeholders might not need to know all the technical data behind it, they’ll certainly want to know how your choice will improve business compared to the also-rans. Focus on what the features and capabilities mean to your operations, management workload and—of course—the bottom line.
We know that SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications helps you migrate seamlessly to SAP S/4HANA while optimizing performance, minimizing downtime and speeding up deployment and conversion of SAP ERP and BPM applications to Linux. Below are some talking points you can use in your discussions to help everyone else see why it’s your best choice.
High-Availability Features Reduce Downtime and Aid Business Continuity
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications comes with built-in high-availability features that keep your systems up and running—or easy to restore if disaster hits. The high-availability extension can minimize downtime in SAP NetWeaver, SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA through the use of integrated clustering that limits downtime of the services you deliver to the business and your customers.
Other availability features include automated takeover in SAP HANA system replication setups for scale-up and scale-out deployments, reducing data recovery time for large in-memory datasets from hours to minutes. Full operating system rollback allows reboot from a snapshot, enhancing fault recovery and change tracking, as well as improving data safety. Optional SUSE Enterprise Live Patching makes it easy to update the Linux kernel for security or stability issues without having to reboot.
All of these high-availability features keep your enterprise resilient and agile so you don’t miss an opportunity to reach customers and build your business.
Integrated Tools Decrease Deployment Time and Speed Transition
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications helps minimize the time and effort it takes to transition to SAP S/4HANA and deploy SAP systems. It does this with tools and capabilities such as automated application installation through the Installation Wizard; public cloud platform images for quick and easy deployment in the cloud; and aids to work more easily in a Linux environment, including support for the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol environment.
The Installation Wizard also integrates with SUSE Manager to provide a single console to configure and manage SAP environments. And the SUSE Package Hub is a great resource for SUSE-validated SAP application packages and additional software that will integrate smoothly with your existing infrastructure.
Depending on your deployment scenario, migration to SAP S/4HANA can take some time. But thanks to the wealth of deployment and management documentation, features and tools, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications can help you deploy more quickly—and more smoothly. And ensure that your SAP solutions will be ready to go when your customers are.
Security Hardening Protects Your Data and Keeps You Compliant
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications provides a high level of security with a built-in firewall with automated configuration to secure SAP HANA in-memory systems; available security patches and updates; and the ability to maximize security with a number of certifications, including FIPS 140-2.
The SAP HANA Security Guide presents SAP’s strict security strategy for protecting the in-memory SAP HANA platform against attacks. At SUSE, we’ve used this comprehensive resource as a foundation and created our own complementary guide to help you protect the Linux operating system, which many hackers use as a preferred gateway to attack SAP HANA. The Operating System Security Hardening Guide for SAP HANA describes in detail how you can tune the OS for maximum security, specifically when running SAP HANA.
Security will always be a high priority for enterprises—and SUSE is continually working to improve and refine data protection features and capabilities to secure your data and keep you compliant with evolving industry regulations.
World-Class Support Services and Tools Enable Faster, More Effective Deployment
One of the most valuable benefits of choosing SUSE for your move to SAP S/4HANA is the high level of support and guidance you get. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications offers you integrated priority support and maintenance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through SAP Solution Manager from both SUSE and SAP. This allows you to quickly resolve deployment problems with the OS and SAP applications at the same time. Plus, every SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications subscription includes Extended Service Pack Overlap Support, which means you get service pack support for a full 18 months. That’s 12 months more than the standard six-month grace period.
Armed with the information above, you will be able to confidently discuss your decision to choose SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for your migration to SAP S/4HANA. With executive buy-in, you’re just one step closer to true digital transformation. We look forward to getting started with you.