SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching Rescues Businesses from Planned Downtime

May 26, 2016

Enterprise Linux users running SAP HANA® and SAP NetWeaver® can perform system patching without rebooting, which increases service availability for critical applications


SUSE® today introduced SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching to help customers running workloads on the SAP HANA® platform, SAP NetWeaver® technology platform and other SAP® applications reduce the business disruption caused by planned downtime, while maintaining a highly secure IT environment. Live Patching allows enterprise Linux customers to perform system patching without rebooting, which increases service availability and saves on the cost of downtime.

"As business becomes increasingly reliant on real-time data and analytics, maintaining access to application servers is critical," said Michael Miller, president of strategy, alliances and marketing for SUSE. "While advances like the SAP HANA platform have accelerated database processing, the IT industry has resigned itself to the antiquated idea of planned downtime. We believe business shouldn't have to grind to a halt just because a server needs updating."

SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching ensures critical SAP business applications remain available by providing a stream of packages to update a running kernel without interruption. An enterprise running SAP HANA can patch its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications without shutting SAP HANA down and rebooting the server, which could otherwise take hours due to the large amount of data involved.

Brian Connors, vice president, Next Generation IT & Business Development, Data Center Group, Lenovo, said, "We strive to be our data center clients' most trusted partner, and offering solutions based on open standards in collaboration with SUSE, as well as other leaders, is critical to this effort. Lenovo, SAP and SUSE continue delivering valuable enhancements - such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching running on Lenovo infrastructure and supporting SAP applications - to further strengthen performance and reliability for our mutual customers."

SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching is available for x86-64 servers via subscription, delivered on top of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 for SAP Applications, the leading Linux platform for SAP solutions. Customers must have (or purchase) a corresponding SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Priority Support subscription. For more information, visit

SUSE announced SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching for customers running SAP-related workloads at SAPPHIRE® NOW and ASUG Annual Conference being held May 17-19 in Orlando, Florida, where the company is exhibiting in booth 655. SAPPHIRE NOW focuses on how companies can enable their digital business strategy and get more from their technology investments. SAPPHIRE NOW and the ASUG Annual Conference are the world's premier business technology event and largest SAP customer-run conference, offering attendees the opportunity to learn and network with customers, SAP executives, partners and experts across the entire SAP ecosystem.

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