SAP HANA 2 platform now available for SLES 12 SP1 on little-endian POWER systems

hana-sap-croptThe SAP HANA 2 platform, announced on November 8, 2016, is now available for deployment on the 64-bit Little-Endian variant of IBM POWER8 systems running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 Service Pack 1.

This announcement enables SAP HANA 2 customers to exploit the capabilities of SLES 12 including features such as the systemd service manager, system rollback via the btrfs filesystem, and automated failover of SAP HANA environments by the SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension.

To support the SAP HANA 2 platform, SUSE is providing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP® Applications 12 Service Pack 1 for POWER.  Like the previous releases of SLES for SAP Applications, it is designed to improve SAP HANA availability and performance by providing multiple high availability options that can automate SAP HANA System replication and failover, maintain performance with Page Cache limits, and provide seamless priority support from SUSE and SAP.

SUSE support for the latest generation of SAP HANA extends SUSE market leadership in SAP HANA deployments, built on over 13 years of partnership with SAP to supporting over 4000 customers.

The relevant SAP Note is at https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2235581 (SAP customer login required)

Please note that the ISO image for SLES 12 SP1 for SAP Applications is not available but update channels can be used instead.

For a fresh installation, see Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP® Applications 12 Service Pack 1 for POWER https://www.suse.com/communities/blog/installing-suse-linux-enterprise-server-sap-applications-12-service-pack-1-power/

To upgrade SLES 12 SP1 for POWER LE system to SLES for SAP Applications for POWER LE 12 SP1 see https://www.suse.com/support/kb/doc?id=7018295

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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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