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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.

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