Huawei and SUSE to build mission-critical server for SAP applications
Huawei and SUSE have expanded their ongoing partnership, and will be developing a mission-critical server that runs SAP applications. The announcement has come months after the two companies agreed to make SUSE Enterprise Server compatible with KunLun RAS 2.0.
The new solution will be based on Huawei’s 16-/32-socket and run SUSE
Linux Enterprise Server. Supporting 8, 16 and 32 bit Intel processors with up to 32TB of onboard storage, sources claim that the KunLun mission-critical server can achieve a 3,000 per cent improvement in reliability. It will have technologies such as kPar physical partitioning, memory module hot swap and predictive failure analysis.
“This solution will ensure continuous, stable running of enterprise, business-critical applications and reduce unplanned downtime. Supporting memory online maintenance, it reduces unplanned system outages caused by memory faults to almost zero, thereby boosting the reliability of enterprise critical applications,” said Qiu Long, president of the Huawei IT server product line, in a joint statement.
SUSE has enabled its platform with enterprise-class Linux OS kernels, along
with a bottom-layer firmware provided by KunLun. The Linux operating system includes integration with the optimised KunLun BIOS process that can automate the experience with user-mode tools.
“Having support and coordination from the bottom-layer hardware structural design and BIOS software sides is integral to SUSE’s innovations around the OS RAS features,” said Ralf Flaxa, president of engineering, SUSE.
In addition to the partnership with SUSE, Huawei has collaborated with others to solve issues related to disaster recovery, high availability and backup. This will make the new server a competitive model for enterprises.
SUSE has natively tied up with SAP to bring SUSE OpenStack Cloud and
SUSE Enterprise Storage to the SAP Cloud Platform.