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 Kruemcke is passionate about helping customers and partners achieve their goals. Jay is a currently a Senior Product Manager at SUSE. Jay is responsible for the SUSE Linux for High-Performance Computing, Linux for Arm, and Linux for Power servers. Jay released the first commercially supported Linux distribution for Arm in 2016. Jay completely restructured SUSE’s HPC offerings in 2017 to add support for Arm systems, provide longer term support, and continue to enhance the HPC Module. The HPC Module provides support for open software such as slurm as part of the SUSE HPC subscription. Jay has built an extensive career in product management based on being a bridge between customers and engineering teams. He has extensive experience in many areas including product positioning, driving future product directions, using social media for client collaboration, and evangelizing the capabilities and future directions of enterprise products. Prior to joining SUSE, Jay had a long career at IBM including many roles in the Power and Cloud Engineering and Offering teams. In addition to his product management experience, Jay has held a variety of technology roles at including product marketing, manager of a technical architecture team, briefing center staff, SAP systems management consultant, and as a system programmer and administrator Jay also volunteers with the Boy Scouts in multiple roles and with ProductCamp Austin. 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 and @phastflyer
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