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

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SUSE and Huawei collaborated over a mission-critical server

Huawei and SUSE have expanded their ongoing partnership for developing a mission-critical server to run SAP applications. The new announcement emerges 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 Intel processors with up to 32TB of onboard storage, the KunLun mission-critical server is claimed to achieve a 3,000 percent 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 outage 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 other partners that help to bring solutions for addressing disaster recovery, high availability and backup. These advancements will make the new server a competitive model for enterprises.

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