Virtualization and SUSE KVM support on IBM z Systems and LinuxONE
SUSE has been contributing to KVM development and has included and supported KVM in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for many years. This is true for SLES for Intel based systems while KVM for IBM z Systems and LinuxONE has been an evolution to fully supported.
- SUSE has included a technical preview of KVM since SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z 11 Service Pack 3.
- IBM created KVM for IBM z Systems and certified SLES 12 SP1 on IBM KVM as supported.
Today SUSE has announced that KVM in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems and LinuxONE is fully supported starting with SLES12 SP2 and continuing for future SLES versions. This means that customers with valid SLES for z Systems and LinuxONE subscriptions can receive full support from SUSE when using KVM in SLES in a LPAR. SUSE will continue to work closely with IBM to support KVM and collaborate on future development of KVM for new z Systems and LinuxONE platforms. For more information, go to https://www.suse.com/kvm for more details.
I am excited about this change for several reasons. IBM z Systems and LinuxONE customers can contact SUSE for their open source hypervisor support as they do today for their enterprise operating system support with NO additional subscription costs. This change also opens up additional opportunities for SUSE to expand support within our portfolio of products to include KVM on z Systems and LinuxONE for Linux Systems Management and Infrastructure-as-a-Service private cloud like we do for IBM z/VM today!