SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

SUSE and SAP have worked together since 2011 to improve the scalability and high availability of SAP HANA. In fact, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the recommended and supported OS for SAP HANA, currently running in thousands of SAP HANA installations, including SAP’s own. Utilize your business data in real time with the power of SAP HANA and the reliability, availability, and serviceability of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is uniquely designed to deliver an enterprise-class foundation for SAP HANA. It is the only supported Linux for SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems.

Key Features
  • High availability with automated failover, including the SAP HANA database
  • Operating system, and in-memory data security hardening
  • Simplified, automated SAP HANA installation and management
  • Linux page cache management to sustain SAP application performance
  • Unparalleled performance and outstanding uptime
  • Seamless priority support from SAP and SUSE
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 for SAP Applications 12 SP1: x86_64 (64-bit)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 11 SP4: x86_64 (64-bit), IBM Power Systems
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 and SAP NetWeaver solutions. It is uniquely positioned as a preferred 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 is 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 powered by enterprise services that addresses the special needs of SAP mission-critical software solutions.

The offering includes the following:


    Services
  • 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

What is new in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP1?

Based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1, it’s a versatile server 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 SP1.

For SAP customers the following features are especially relevant and will increase the uptime of mission-critical SAP workloads:

  • Rollback on service pack upgrade
  • Containers
  • Built-in business continuity
  • Innovation for SAP HANA
  • Simplified operations
  • Leverage hardware enablement

Read more on SAP specific features

High Availability with Automated Failover

Since 2011, SUSE and SAP have been constantly working on improving the scalability and high availability of SAP HANA. To ensure high availability and disaster recovery, SAP HANA can replicate your SAP HANA system within the same data center or across two data centers. SUSE was the first to automate this process, reducing downtime as compared to manual recovery.

Security Hardening

SUSE has a long-running history in IT security for Linux operating systems and offers a comprehensive security package to protect systems from all kinds of security incidents. In order to further improve the security standard specifically for SAP HANA, SUSE has developed the Operating System Security Hardening for SAP HANA guide and Tech-cast. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications includes a firewall solution specifically for SAP HANA in-memory data.

The Leading Linux Platform for SAP HANA

SUSE Linux Enterprise is the leading platform for SAP solutions on Linux and the recommended and supported OS of choice for SAP HANA. It is also a reference development platform for SAP HANA. SAP and SUSE have a close joint testing and development relationship that starts at the SAP Linux Lab in Germany.