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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

Smoothly transition to S/4HANA with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, delivering optimized performance, less downtime, faster deployment and conversion of SAP ERP and BPM applications to Linux. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is the premier operating environment for SAP environments, and the first solution that supports both Intel / AMD x86-64 and IBM POWER processor-based servers for SAP HANA.

Key Features
  • Built-in high-availability clustering with automated failover and recovery for SAP HANA reduces downtime
  • Installation wizard fully automates SAP HANA, S/4HANA and NetWeaver installation configuration and tuning, and integrates with SUSE Manager
  • Aids to transition SAP landscapes on Microsoft Windows Server to S/4HANA on Linux
  • Page cache limit sustains SAP application performance
  • Seamless 24 x 7 priority support from SAP and SUSE

SUSE Connect SAP HANA
S/4HANA
Version 12

System Requirements

For Installation
  • Local installation 512 MB RAM (recommended using 512 MB for swap)
  • 2 GB available disk space (more recommended, 8.5 GB for all patterns)
  • 16 GB for snapshot/rollback of the OS
  • Secure Shell (SSH)-based network install, graphical 512 MB RAM
  • Virtual Network Computing (VNC)-based network install using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) 512 MB RAM
For Operation
  • 512 MiB to 4 GiB RAM, at least 256 MiB per CPU
  • 4 GiB hard-disk space, 16 GiB for snapshot/rollback of the OS
  • 750 MB hard disk space for software
  • 750 MB hard disk space for user data
Supported Processor Platforms
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP3 x86-64, IBM Power Systems (ppc64le - "Little Endian")
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP2 x86-64, IBM Power Systems (ppc64le - "Little Endian")
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP Applications 12 SP1 x86-64 (64-bit), IBM Power Systems (ppc64le - "Little Endian")
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP Applications 11 SP4 x86-64 (64-bit), IBM Power Systems (ppc64 - "Big Endian")
Recommendations for specific uses
  • For SAP server and storage sizing please contact your hardware vendor.

What is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications?

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is the optimized operating system platform, validated and certified by SAP, for all SAP HANA, S/4HANA and SAP NetWeaver solutions. It is uniquely positioned as a preferred and recommended Linux operating system platform for running SAP software solutions.

Can SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications be virtualized?

Yes, it is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and inherits all virtualization capabilities and supportability. It can be virtualized with SUSE, VMware, and Citrix virtualization solutions, all supported and certified by SAP for NetWeaver and other SAP applications. VMware and PowerVM are supported and certified for SAP HANA in-memory systems.

What's included as part of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications offering?

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is an optimized operating system platform that addresses the special needs of SAP mission-critical software solutions. The offering includes the following:

Software
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 12 SP3
  • SAP HANA Resource Agents (SAPHana and SAPHanaTopology) for automated failover
  • SAP HANA system firewall
  • Page Cache Management, including optimized kernel settings for memory management
  • Installation Wizard for automated installation workflow within SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SAP applications including OS configuration and tuning
  • Enhanced encryption management for dedicated storage volumes with Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) support
  • Optional SUSE Manager integration
  • An environment to ease the administration transition from SAP applications on Microsoft Windows to S/4HANA on Linux
  • SAP HANA and application platform images for the public cloud (available from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, IBM Bluemix, and Microsoft Azure)

Services
  • SUSE Connect program to access, download and evaluate complementary SAP products and services from the SUSE partner ecosystem
  • An extended service pack that overlaps support to allow customers to run the next-to-last service pack for 18 months instead of 6 months
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Priority Support provides 24x7 support from SAP and SUSE seamlessly through SAP Solution Manager, and direct access to SUSE Level 3 engineering support
  • Dedicated SUSE update channel to deliver patches, fixes and updates to features specifically for SAP applications

What is new in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP3?

Based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3, it's an operating system for deploying highly available, enterprise-class IT services in mixed IT environments with best-of-breed performance and reduced risk. See what's new in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3.

For SAP customers this is a maintenance release with fixes to Service Pack 2 and the following new and updated features ease migration to S/4HANA, accelerate deployment of SAP applications, tune SAP HANA for improved performance and create a more resilient and secure SAP environment. Highlights of this release include:

  • Install and configure SAP environments faster and easier
    • Configuration and tuning support for SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise and SAP Business Objects
    • Installation wizard support for SAP HANA with multiple database containers
    • New and updated documentation:
      • Installing SAP HANA Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) environments
      • Disabling configuration and tuning packages
      • Setting up and using CLAMSAP antivirus interface
    • Installing SAP HANA Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) environments
    • Disabling the sapconf and saptune configuration and tuning packages
    • Setting up and using CLAMSAP antivirus software
  • Enhanced encryption management to protect data volumes in remote data centers now supports Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) industry standard for third-party key servers

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Increase Service Availability

Reduce downtime of critical operations with built-in business continuity including an advanced high availability solution with automated data recovery for SAP HANA, and features to secure in-memory systems and storage.

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Improve Overall Performance

Boost performance for mission-critical SAP NetWeaver ERP, BPM and other applications with the Linux OS that is performance-optimized and configurable to sustain high performance of SAP applications. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is a reference platform used for SAP application development and is updated to optimize performance as SAP applications are updated.

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Decrease Deployment Time

Minimize the time and effort to transition to S/4HANA and deploy SAP systems with a unified solution that includes automated application installation, public cloud platform images, aids to work more easily in a Linux environment, and superior OS support.

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