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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 22:32

SUSE eases Linux migration as part of SAP programme


The German GNU/Linux company SUSE has announced support for the "simpler choice" database programme from SAP, whereby it will offer to help businesses migrate any legacy database solution to a more modern alternative.

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.

Oppenkowski said an in-memory database would offer a tremendous speed boost for operations, with the lowest end machine which ran such a database having something like 256 GB of RAM.

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.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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