Why choose an Enterprise Grade OSS?


In today’s fast paced world IT departments are under increasing pressure to deliver tangible outcomes for the business. To achieve the agility and innovation they need, more and more companies are turning to an open-source software (OSS) in a bid to achieve their goals. OSS has seen explosive growth in deployment, with Linux distributions and Kubernetes, being amongst some of the most popular.

In the race to get ahead or at least keep pace with the competition, finding skilled staff can prove difficult. To bridge this skills gap, many enterprises are turning to Managed Services Providers (MSPs) to deliver solutions using OSS, to help fast track them to deployment.

The question for both the enterprise and service provider alike is, should I use a community version of the OSS, piecing together the various packages, with support from the community? Or do you use a tried and tested enterprise grade distribution, fully supported distribution from a trusted OSS vendor?

While open-source software allows the source code to be inspected, modified, and enhanced by anyone, most IT departments need an OSS solution that is stable and secure with timely security patches that are tested are made available quickly and quick to deploy.

One such example of an enterprise grade Linux distribution, that has been designed from the ground up to offer the most resilient and best performing platform for mission critical SAP workloads is SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP applications.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is a well thought out and fully package distribution specifically for SAP NetWeaver and SAP S/4HANA applications and databases. You have the confidence in known it is both SAP certified with certification across industry hardware architectures, and on the major manufactures hardware platforms together with the hyper-scaler and regional cloud service provider platforms.

The SUSE distribution includes a rich set of features that enable administrators at all skill levels to deploy, configure, and protect the full SAP system stack quickly, reliably, and confidently. As an SAP Endorsed App, it is one of a select few offerings in this new category of SAP ecosystem partner solutions. SAP Endorsed Apps are proven solutions to complement and extend SAP products, and deliver value quickly, easily and with support from SAP.

The SUSE solution allows SAP services to be deployed faster through automation, installing the complete SAP system stack including the Linux OS, SAP workloads, high availability clustering and monitoring in just a few hours instead of days or weeks.
You can rest assured that the automatic configuration of the OS and high availability configuration is based on best practices for specific SAP applications, cloud environments, and server platforms. Additional pre-deployment checks of the high availability clusters reduce delays and unplanned downtime in the roll out of new SAP services.

Delivering near zero downtime through Service Level Agreements for mission critical apps, is a must have, in today’s non-stop business environment. Administrators can apply security patches without planning system downtime with live Linux kernel patching.

To build customer confidence and to comply with industry or government regulations SUSE is unmatched in providing comprehensive security for SAP workloads, with Common Criteria EAL4+ and FIPS 140-2 certifications validate SUSE’s software supply chain security.

A built-in firewall is included to secure SAP HANA systems that configures additional network zones required to fully protect the in-memory system from external attacks. Key or certificate management is also included to unlock volumes automatically, ensuring data meets government and industry regulatory requirements, and provides the protection for SAP HANA systems and remote storage devices.

If you want to save man-hours deploying SAP workloads, using best practice automation to avoid any nasty configuration errors and, you need an enterprise grade mission critical availability (near zero down time) regardless of if it’s in your datacentre, any of the major public clouds, and a large regional service providers or across all of them. You should be using SUSE Together with 24 x 7 support, to ensure you have some of the best experts on hand should anything go wrong.

To find out more => https://www.suse.com/products/sles-for-sap/

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Andrew Steggles Global Alliance Marketing A senior marketing professional with 30+ years experience of Product, Partner and Field marketing for technology brands.