POWER9 is here. SUSE is ready!


IBM POWER9 H922 and H924

They are here! IBM announced the POWER9 servers for small enterprises, which will be available later this quarter.

IBM announced six new servers but the IBM POWER Systems H922 and H924 are of particular interest to SAP HANA customers. These two systems were designed and optimized for Linux running demanding applications like SAP HANA.

The H922 is a 2U system with up to nine PCIe slots. The H924 is a 4U system with 11 PCIe slots. Both systems will support up to 4 x 400 GB M.2 form factor NVMe devices. These systems are excellent choices for customer scale out SAP HANA workloads and provide the kind of performance and reliability customers expect from IBM and SUSE.

SUSE  already delivered POWER9 support including NVMe enablement in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3 (SLES 12 SP3), back in September 2017, so you don’t need to worry about getting started with SUSE on POWER9.

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP3 is currently the only Linux that can run in native POWER9 mode on these new servers.

SLES 12 Service Pack 3 also included support for up to 512 TB virtual address space on Power. This ensures memory intensive applications like SAP HANA can fully use the capabilities of these new POWER9 systems.

Because SUSE has thousands of customers running SAP HANA on Power, you benefit from the experience of the market leader for SAP HANA.

SLES for SAP Applications includes many strong features that provide the reliability, performance, and ease of use that customers need when they deploy applications like SAP HANA.

We recently added a new product, Live Patching support for POWER, to provide an even higher level of reliability by allowing customers to avoid planned downtime.

You can manage all of your SUSE Linux on Power environments with SUSE Manager server, that now runs natively on POWER so there is no need to mix architectures just to manage your SAP HANA environment.


We have all been waiting a long time for POWER9, and we are very happy that the latest generation of IBM Power systems will be available for our customers in just a few days.

Come talk to us about SUSE solutions for SAP HANA on Power at the IBM Think conference in Las Vegas in March!


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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