Novell has recently released a customized a version of its Suse Linux Enterprise Server software for heavy users of SAP software. SAP shops deploying this version of the Suse Linux, called SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, could cut time and work needed for installation and upgrades, the company claims.
Novell worked with SAP to iron out all the potential tricky parts in deploying SAP applications on servers running Suse Linux.
The package can easily deploy a wide range of SAP applications. It features a framework designed to ease installation of SAP applications by using a workflow that knows which applications to install first.
The distribution also offers a number of other features to extend the use of SAP software in different environments. It includes a copy of the SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension, which allows administrators to set up off-site backups of the applications that can be quickly pressed into production should the main servers go offline for some reason. It has also been tweaked to support large databases that can run entirely within the working memory of one server, or a cluster of servers. On the hardware side, both Fujitsu and IBM have pledged to support this package on their own servers.
"These new optimisations bring SAP customers a simpler and lower-cost way to run SAP applications on Linux, with automated installation capabilities and full support for SAP's in-memory solutions" said Sanjay Katyal, vice president of business development and strategic alliances, global ecosystem and channels at SAP.
Novell's move follows Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel announced at Oracle OpenWorld built within a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 clone and optimized for Oracle E-Business Suite. The significance of using Linux is not that it is low cost but that it allows IT shops to run their applications on low cost Intel based hardware driving down the overall total cost of ownership.