SLES for SAP Applications gets SAP endorsement (Image Credit: Gareth Newstead on Unsplash)SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for SAP Applications has been awarded SAP’s top certification. The solution, which has been available for years, is now an SAP-endorsed app on the SAP App Center. The announcement will further raise awareness of the product among SAP customers.

Paul Devlin, chief customer officer at SUSE, said: “SUSE continues to strengthen the long-lasting partnership with SAP and give customers confidence to deploy SAP solutions faster and more efficiently.

Paul Devlin, chief customer officer at SUSE (Image Credit: LinkedIn)
Paul Devlin, chief customer officer at SUSE

“SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is the leading Linux platform for SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA® solutions and SAP NetWeaver®, and SUSE Linux Enterprise is also the development operating system for SAP HANA®. We are honored that our solution has earned distinction as an SAP endorsed app, which will lead to better serving our customers in their transformation journey to an intelligent enterprise.”

What does SLES for SAP Applications do?

SLES for SAP Applications is an optimised platform for SAP NetWeaver, SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA. It speeds up the deployment and management of those solutions across multiple platforms. Importantly it supports both on-premises and cloud-based installations. It provides a standardised environment for customers who want either multi-cloud or hybrid cloud solutions. Doing so removes the problem of trying to manage multiple platforms with different user interfaces.

SUSE has also integrated many of its other solutions into SLES for SAP Applications and ships them as part of the package. This includes SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability, SAP HANA Firewall and Remote Storage Encryption Management.

There is also support for Kubernetes. SUSE has been part of SAP’s project Gardener, an open-source project for real-world hyperscale Kubernetes service management regardless of infrastructure. The two companies have collaborated on developing tools and integration for on-premises and cloud systems.

Enterprise Times: What does this mean?

This is yet another SUSE and SAP joint announcement around products and integration. The two companies are getting ever closer as project Gardener shows. The question that continues to hang around is will SAP buy SUSE. There are many benefits for SAP in doing so, especially when it comes to cloud and hybrid deployments. In fact, SLES for SAP Applications solves many issues that SAP no longer has to address with its own solutions.

This announcement will raise awareness of SLES for SAP Applications for SAP customers, not that SUSE needs it. It already boasts over 30,000 SAP customers using this solution. The question now is how many more will it attract?


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