Huawei and SUSE to build mis­sion-crit­i­cal server for SAP ap­pli­ca­tions

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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.

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