Linux vendor Novell is releasing an optimized version of its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server tailored to run applications from enterprise applications vendor SAP.
has released a new version of its
popular SUSE Linux distribution optimized to run SAP
applications, deepening its already close relationship with the enterprise
SUSE Linux Enterprise
for SAP applications "simplifies
both physical and virtual deployments of SAP
solutions, including the SAP NetWeaver
Enterprise Search application, SAP NetWeaver
Business Warehouse Accelerator ... software, SAP
BusinessObjects Explorer software and SAP's
emerging in-memory platform," Novell said Sept. 21.
With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP,
customers now have "an integrated, one-stop resource" for deploying SAP
applications on a Linux platform, George Mathew, group vice president and
general manager of SAP's Business
Intelligence and In-Memory Analytics division, said in a statement.
With the new distribution, users can reduce the complexity of application
deployments, cut installation costs, and slash the time required to get a
production system up and running, Novell said. An intelligent installation
wizard "automatically installs SAP
applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server."
An optimized version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 3, it
uses the same Linux 2.6.16 kernel currently in SLES 10. Novell chose not to use
SLES 11, its most current version released over a year ago.
Novell's move follows Oracle's Unbreakable
Enterprise Kernel announcement
at Oracle OpenWorld earlier the week of
Sept. 20. Built within a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 clone, the kernel is
optimized for Oracle applications.
This cooperative agreement is just the latest in a history of close ties
between SAP and Novell. The companies
currently offer joint support for customers running SAP
applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. SAP
and Novell also announced an agreement to work on enabling customers to manage
mission-critical operations in Linux earlier in 2010. The collaboration
"has resulted in solutions that improve the reliability and ease of
management of SAP applications on
Linux," said Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager of
Global Alliances for Novell.
The priority support offering will now be expanded. Customers on SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server for SAP applications will
receive "long-term service pack support that extends the window to upgrade
between service pack releases from six to 18 months." SAP
and Novell will also maintain a dedicated update channel with the latest
"fixes, patches and product enhancements."
SAP's direct sales and channel partners
have already been recommending Linux Enterprise Server when selling SAP
applications, and will now include the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP
solutions in its sales portfolio, the company said.
"SUSE Linux Enterprise Server has long been recommended by SAP
as a preferred platform for customers who are looking to lower the costs and
complexity of application deployments," said Mathew.
The distribution will also be available through Novell's sales force and
According to the release, SAP also
co-developed offerings to use with SAP
Business Suite applications and SAP Business
All-in-One for small and midsize businesses.