Dirk Oppenkowski, global alliance director in charge of the SAP partnership at SUSE, told iTWire that there were many businesses looking to modernise and move from a legacy database to an in-memory database like SAP HANA.
He said that, depending on the case in question, SUSE would offer a list of options to a customer which would suit their particular needs.
Nearly 99 per cent of SAP HANA installations run on SUSE Linux.
SAP HANA runs only on Linux — which means it could run on distributions other than SUSE — but Oppenkowski said that the experience that SUSE had with getting SAP HANA up and going over the past few years would give it a clear advantage and also cost much less.
In response to a question, he said there were distinct advantages in that both SAP and SUSE were German companies, making communication and also working together that much easier.