Key Features

Increase reliability & reduce costs for mission-critical applications with advanced RAS capabilities optimized to support IBM Power Systems features.

Increase reliability of mission-critical applications with the ability to configure shared resource pools to control resource allocation of CPU, memory and I/O.

Reduce costs by maximizing utilization of hardware resources with memory error recovery and memory sharing.

Increase reliability of mission critical applications with the ability to configure shared resource pools with the ability to control resource allocation of CPU, memory and I/O increases system reliability.

Build an infrastructure in compliance with security standards using the highest level of security for a commercial OS with Common Criteria EAL4+ certification, FIPS 140-2 certification from NIST & CSEC for cryptographic standards, hardware-based security with secure cryptoprocessor standard TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 and implementing federated identity solutions with Shibboleth.

Quickly recover from critical errors due to configuration changes with Full System Rollback which enables snapshots of the system with a btrfs filesystem, including the kernel files, and roll back. Because the bootloader is now integrated into the rollback process, system administrators can boot from a snapshot, enhancing fault recovery and change tracking and comparison, and improving data safety.

Provide faster problem resolution, enhance system reliability and reduce service costs with support for Power System RAS features like inventory collection (VPD), platform error reporting and handling, and responding to Emergency Power Off Warning (EPOW) events. This includes basic POWER platform-related tools and packages like ppc64-diag, servicelog and lsvpd.

Deliver a high-performance platform to meet demands for improved application performance and instant access to data.

Instantly access data by maximizing POWER8 and POWER9 (ppc64le) processor performance with support for Simultaneous Multi-threading (SMT8) eight threads per core support across the full range of IBM systems and OpenPOWER Abstraction Layer (OPAL) systems.

Reduce large-memory server reboot times (up to 57% depending on the configuration) with faster memory initialization following planned and unplanned downtime.

Improve application and platform performance with OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) which reduces latency through wire-speed messaging to fast I/O storage systems.

Enable SAP HANA environment future application growth with support for up to a 4 PB virtual address space with IBM PowerVM.

Reduce the time to reload the data into SAP HANA systems after the LPAR has been restarted with Virtual PMEM support for POWER9 processor-based systems with IBM PowerVM.

Increase visibility to current business data with near real-time analytics results for SAP HANA environments by maximizing the number of queries per core.

Support faster remote storage device communications with Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe).

Increase system I/O performance and enforce quality of service with SR-IOV IBM vNIC shared adapter support available with IBM PowerVM, reducing the CPU load and increasing system I/O performance.

Accelerate innovation and improve deployment times for a broad choice of open source and partner solutions

Confidently migrate applications and data with support for IBM POWER8 and POWER9 ppc64le ("little endian" mode), as well as PowerVM virtualization technology.

Freedom of choice: Build the solution that meets your needs from a vast ecosystem of certified hardware and software partner solutions. Leverage packages built and maintained by the open source community of users and approved by SUSE with Package Hub.

Improve the agility of your infrastructure with the latest container innovations. Using the SUSE container solution based on open source docker, your teams can easily and securely collaborate for creating applications in containers, integrate container applications with the cloud or quickly deploy applications using a minimized host OS.

Improve application performance, tuning and diagnostics with IBM POWER8 and POWER9 support of tracing tools, tuning and support for the current GNU Compiler Collection (GCC).

Configure Power Systems server filesystems faster with System Roles templates that are specific to the primary function of that server. These predefined installation pattern templates could be for a variety of configurations including database servers, virtualization host/guest configurations, or for installation options.

Optimize lifecycle management and save time with a comprehensive set of installation, configuration, deployment and administration tools powered by Zypper.