Introducing SUSE Linux Enterprise for ARM


One of the projects I have been working on at SUSE is to bring the proven capabilities of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system to a new processor architecture: 64-bit ARM.

ARM processors provide the underpinning for most of the technology we interact with everyday- everything from cell phones to network routers to automobiles use processor designs licensed from ARM Ltd.

In the past few years, ARM introduced 64-bit processors that are targeted for server applications. Early implementations from AMD and HP meet with limited success, but as the technology matured, many more companies are betting that ARM processors can provide a compelling alternative to X86 processors, particularly for workloads such as High Performance Computing.

SUSE has long supported the development of 64-bit ARM though the community OpenSUSE project. Last year, SUSE formally started a partner program to deliver an enterprise grade Linux operating system for companies building servers based on 64-bit ARM technology.

The culmination of that program was the creation of a new product, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM. AKA “SLES for ARM”. This product was announced on October 25th with availability later in 2016.

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About Jay Kruemcke

Jay has had more than twenty years of experience in the information technology industry. Starting from a rather humble beginning at IBM, Jay became a mainframe systems support programmer. Eventually Jay joined the AIX operating systems development team early in that product's development. Jay leveraged technical skills that he built in systems management to establish himself as a member of the IBM Austin Executive Briefing Center. His expertise in systems management with the SAP ERP system enabled his first product management role, as the owner of the Tivoli management product for SAP. Over the next three years he established that product as a success with the help of a strong development team. Jay returned to AIX in a product management position initially focusing on managing new requirements for the AIX operating system. Jay established himself as a subject manager expert in AIX and Power Systems virtualization and became a frequent guest at conferences around the world. Jay succumbed to the dark side and spent four years in IBM marketing in which he introduced AIX version 6 and AIX version 7 and many product innovations including the first every open beta program for an AIX release and a significant restructuring of the AIX offering structure and prices. Jay was part of the cloud software development organization and and focused on managing development engagements for clients deploying clouds using Power Systems servers with PowerVC and related products. In March of 2016, Jay retired from IBM and started in a new role as a product manager for SUSE, the Open Software company. Jay new focus is on enterprise Linux for POWER and ARM processor based systems. The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of my employer. Follow me on twitter @mr_sles, @cloudrancher and @chromeaix.
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