Enterprise Linux firm Suse is making it more convenient for SAP users to operate the enterprise software by making its Linux server optimised for SAP available for on-demand deployment via Amazon's cloud-based AWS Marketplace.
Suse Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is a version of the firm's enterprise operating system optimised for SAP's business software stack, coming with high-availability components for greater reliability and an automated installation workflow, including the SAP applications themselves.
Suse has now made the platform directly available on Amazon's AWS Marketplace in the form of a pay-per-use image, enabling customers to deploy and run SAP on the AWS cloud and pay for it as they use it.
The move gives customers the option of benefiting from the AWS pay-as-you-go model that can also flex quickly to match changing computing needs. This avoids the costs and complexities of planning, purchasing and maintaining hardware infrastructure, according to Suse.
"A key component of growth for our customers is increasing efficiency in the IT department," said Suse's head of global business development Naji Almahmoud.
"CIOs and IT managers are realising that having servers sitting idle in a data centre is a waste of their resources. By expanding the availability of Suse Linux Enterprise for SAP Applications on AWS, we are giving them a new way to manage their compute needs without having to sink money into hardware or long-term contracts."
Suse Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications also includes high availability resource agents for deployments of the SAP HANA platform specially engineered to run on the AWS Cloud. These agents allow SAP HANA instances to failover between different AWS Availability Zones, the firm said.
Customers have also been able to use existing subscriptions for Suse Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications to develop and test SAP workloads on AWS since last year, thanks to Suse's 'bring-your-own-subscription' programme.
Furthermore, Suse and AWS are working with Protera Technologies, an IT services firm specialising in SAP applications, to help qualified customers plan a cloud-hosted deployment of SAP HANA on AWS.
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