SUSE Enterprise Storage 4 is now available for X86 and ARM systems


SUSE Enterprise Storage version 4 is now available. SUSE Enterprise Storage is the Software Defined Storage market leader and adds significant new capabilities in this release including:

  • Unified Block, File and Object storage with the addition of CephFS
  • New support for 64-bit ARM hardware based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 for ARM
  • Advanced graphical storage management based on openATTIC
  • Long distance block storage and multisite object storage replication
  • Tech preview support of NFS Ganesha support

More details at

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SUSE partners with ARM, Cavium and OpenHPC to deliver OpenHPC High Performance Computing Infrastructure for ARM


SUSE has partnered with Cavium Inc., OpenHPC, and ARM Ltd., a SoftBank company, to cultivate the High Performance Computing system software stack for systems based on the 64-bit ARM AArch64 processors.

Together, these partners have established an OpenHPC build, integration, and developer access service built on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server running on Cavium ThunderX© 64-bit ARM systems. These systems, currently in Tech Preview, were installed at the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin TX (TACC). When completely functional, this OpenHPC service will provide the complete infrastructure needed to support development of high performance solutions based on ARM processor-based systems.

SUSE also intends to provide commercial support for a subset of the OpenHPC stack as part of the HPC module that will be delivered in the future as part of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 for ARM. SUSE uses modules to speed delivery of packages more quickly than the traditional enterprise software delivery model. The SLES for ARM HPC module will contain a prioritized group of packages required for many HPC workloads. The goal is to expand the number of packages included in the HPC module over time. Clients can benefit from open source innovation while having the peace of mind of an integrated and validated stack of HPC software with SUSE support.

SUSE is also providing early access to OpenHPC components and other packages as part of the  Package Hub at

ARM has announced the availability of OpenHPC V1.2 on ARM in anticipation of the Super Computing 16 conference November 14th in Salt Lake City Utah.

The OpenHPC build, integration, and developer access service for ARM is currently available as a technology preview. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM is available now as a fully supported product. The HPC module for SLES for ARM will be available at a later date.

For more about SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM, see

For information on the SUSE ARM partner program see

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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 (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

To upgrade SLES 12 SP1 for POWER LE system to SLES for SAP Applications for POWER LE 12 SP1 see

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Introducing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for… the Raspberry Pi

raspberry_pi_logoIn addition to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for ARM processors that I introduced last week, we had one special hardware platform to support – the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is an ideal platform for learning about and experimenting with the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

SLES for the Raspberry Pi is built on SLES for ARM, just packaged differently for the Raspberry Pi.

My full blog on the topic can be found at


Quick start guide for SLES on the Raspberry Pi

Download SLES for the Raspberry Pi with free one year subscription

Forum for questions & answers

Getting started with SUSE Subscription codes on the Raspberry Pi

Have lots of FUN!

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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.

For more details, please see to my blog on



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Long term support for SLES 11 SP4 for POWER


I am now the new product manager at SUSE for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for POWER. SLES for POWER has been extremely successful since the introduction of SAP HANA for POWER in late 21015.

Workloads like SAP HANA require a long support life for the underlying operating systems – in this case SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 4. General support for Service Pack 4 will end March of 2019.

To provide extended support for POWER clients running SLES 11 SP4 for their SAP HANA environments, I created my very first new offering at SUSE,  long term service pack support (LTSS) offering for SLES 11 Service Pack 4 for POWER.

See for more details.


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…A time to sow and a time to reap…


I will be retiring from IBM at the end of February after more than thirty years.

During my career with IBM; I have worked on a manufacturing line, been a systems administrator, done consulting work, developed software, made more presentations than I can remember and acted as an official and unofficial product manager for dozens of products. Each of these roles left an imprint on me that helped me to become who I am today.

I was able to assist with building AIX and Power Systems to the top of the UNIX market. I have had the opportunity to travel the world and meet people, many of whom are now lifelong friends. I believe that meeting with and talking to your clients is the single most important thing a product manager can do to be successful.

Working for IBM has been an incredibly enriching experience for my life and I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given. I especially wanted to say thanks to the thousands of great clients and IBMers that I have worked with over the years.

Although I am retiring from IBM, I will continue to work in the industry. You can follow my new exploits here or on Twitter at @mr_sles – yes, Mr. AIX is becoming Mr. Linux!

Thanks again and I hope to see you again.


P.S. A few memories from my career at IBM.

453   The number of paychecks I had to manually void with a rubber stamp after the printer I was using slid over one character to the left when I closed the cover. Lesson learned: Check, recheck, and check again (no pun intended)

Thierry (aka Charlie) Gillette. The same manager who hired me into my first job in information technology also hired my future wife, Susan. Lesson learned: Serendipity happens

“Welcome to your long term career goal” Manager Milt Joplin on hiring me to become a mainframe systems programmer. Lesson learned: What was once unachievable can quickly become inevitable. Dream bigger

That shouldn’t have happened” The typical response of “Bud”, a senior colleague in the Networking support team when one of his (usually unapproved) changes crashed the site network. This man, more than any other, taught me the need for strict change management. Lesson learned: Change control matters.

Levi’s Farrah Suits Having to coordinate dressing for work with a coworker, Jim Vinson, who had the exact same cheap suit. It did not help that he was two feet taller than I was so we made amusing sight when we both wore the same suit. Lesson learned: Think before you walk out the door

“It’s an interesting job” The total job description I got (and accepted) to work in the AIX Build team for Jack McGovern. It was not AIX/6000 but rather AIX 370/PS2. It was interesting, but not very successful product. Lesson learned: Sometimes you have to leap

Build Pills” What the AIX PS2 build team called a giant bottle of Aspirin. Lesson learned: A little humor can help make a bad situation bearable

Que n Brew” A small family party at a lake that evolved into a weeklong party of the entire IBM Austin Information Systems organization. Featured whole pig roasts and enormous quantities of beer. Lesson learned: Your coworkers are a lot easier to get along with if you play together

Roasted alive by the AIX project team. What happened to me when I opened 4,000 Sev 1 defects in a single night just one month before AIX V3 Gold Master. My ksh script would have opened more if /tmp hadn’t filled up. Lesson learned: Sometimes you have to take one for the team

Two. The number of people in the world that could use IBM NetView to manage SAP R/3 other than myself. Then we bought Tivoli and the number went to zero. Lesson learned: Niche knowledge can be valuable but short lived

…But Joan said you had already been a manager”. My manager Carl Jones after he offered and I accepted a job as the manager of AIX Architecture team when I told him he needed to send me to Manager School. Lesson learned: Sometimes it is best not to tell everything you know

“Who will pay me for all the money and time we wasted trying to get your #$%^& product to work?” An unhappy customer I inherited when I took a product management jobs at Tivoli. We managed to turn the product and the customer around within two years. This gentleman never stopped asking this question, but the Russian curses stopped after the product quality improved. Lesson learned: You can turn around even the most unhappy customer. Bonus lesson: If you are not cursing at me in Russian, it’s not that bad (yet)

“I have shoes older than you and IBM bought them” My remark to then peer manager, Pete Rubio, at IBM Manager School when he described his tenure with IBM. Lesson learned: Sometimes it is good to embrace your inner curmudgeon

“I’m the only customer you need to worry about” Directive from an IBM Director when the lowly product team tried to stop the release of AIX PS2 due to stability issues. He was wrong. Lesson learned: The actual customer that buys and uses your product is the only “boss” that matters

“You must know everything. You can never say you will get back to them” Former Briefing Center colleague that had very unrealistic expectations about technical presenters. Lesson learned: Customers will realize that you are a human too –if you give them the chance

“I never filed that expense report for Germany,” One of my colleagues would say this every time she saw me. She had gone for a full year without filing travel reimbursements and never recovered all the expenses she paid out of pocket. Lesson learned: File travel reimbursement claims quickly

“If you only add this one feature, I can close this 20 million dollar sale” Said by just about every sales person who wanted something. In 30+ years I only had a single case where a verifiable $20M sale occurred after making the requested change. Lesson learned: Verify the actual size of the pipeline before you even consider the request.

“You don’t look very sorry” Brash coworker at Tivoli when told by the receptionist at Airbus that she could not admit him to the site without a passport. Lesson learned: Be nice to people.

“Two Hundred Eighty Eight” The number of rubber duckies I dumped into the reflecting pond at IBM Austin. Lesson learned: Sometimes you gotta say “Why the Hell not!”

Cowboy Boots” The only footwear I wore during my first ten years at IBM. Yeah. It was in a different time. Lesson learned: Comfort triumphs style

A twenty-minute tirade about the GPFS product. Client topic at my first ever “Meet the Experts” presentation in 2002 at the UNIX in Focus conference in Lu Hulpe Belgium. I know nothing about GPFS since I was there to talk about AIX but that didn’t stop this client from raging. An uber nerd with socks and sandals beat down the complainer. Lesson learned: You never know what will happen when you give a customer a microphone, be ready to redirect back to the agenda

3,938,656. Total miles I have earned on American Airlines. Lesson learned: More travel tips than you can know but “Get to the airport early” is probably the best

“We’re a drinking company with a software problem!” Unofficial Tivoli motto during the late 1990s. Lesson learned: Work and play hard. It’s more fun and more productive



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