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. https://www.suse.com/partners/arm/
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.
For more details, please see to my blog on SUSE.com