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Want to achieve 99.999 percent system availability?


Building on its strong strategic partnership with SUSE, SAP SE extended its renowned enterprise software platform into the cloud, making it more easily accessible to both new and existing customers. SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications gives the global software company a stable, secure and highly flexible platform for building, testing, deploying and managing its solutions, helping it maintain rapid growth in its cloud offerings.

Building on its success as a provider of on-premise enterprise software, SAP wanted to expand its offerings and launch a cloud platform to deliver SAP solutions. Creating comprehensive SaaS and PaaS offerings would allow existing customers to reduce their infrastructure investments while also lowering barriers to entry, potentially attracting new customers for whom SAP software was previously not viable. To address demand for always-available business applications, SAP needed to ensure its cloud offering would meet enterprise requirements.

For its SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, SAP maintains approximately 6,600 servers with over 12,000 CPUs and 16,000 virtual machines running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications.

SUSE has proven to be an ideal platform for the OpenStack solution, which is crucial to SAP’s data center operations and the more general cloud strategy. By taking advantage of this technology, SAP benefits from an open, reliable, highly flexible platform that grows at the pace of business.  SAP also relies on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to develop, build and test its application software. In the joint SAP Linux Lab, the team developed a reliable reference architecture for SAP HANA faster than would have been possible without support from SUSE. With the SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension SAP provides automated system replication for SAP HANA as part of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications platform.

Using SUSE technologies helps SAP to offer extremely high availability on its cloud platform. Martin Heisig, Senior Vice President SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud SAP SE, says: “In part due to the great stability of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, our system availability is 99.999 percent.” Running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications has several advantages for SAP. For example, the company can patch servers faster than before and with less downtime—helping SAP to use its resources more efficiently and maximize uptime for customers.

The strategic partnership between SAP and SUSE has become a highly valuable asset for the business of SAP SE. This unique relationship enables them to focus on their core business, instead of solving operating system challenges. By making joint developments available to their customers, the partnership with SUSE not only improves how they run SAP, but also reduces operating costs for many thousands of global enterprises.

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