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SUSE to be standard OS for Huawei KunLun server

Germany-based SUSE Linux and Huawei say SUSE Linux Enterprise Server will be the preferred standard operating system for Huawei's KunLun remote access server 2.0.

The specified OS is SLES 12 Service Pack 2. It supports features such as removal of CPUs or memory without shutting down the server.

A statement from the two companies said the KunLun server (below, right) had surpassed UNIX servers by some reliability indicators.

It said SLES ran on the KunLun underlying firmware and merged the Linux kernel ACPI driver module, memory/CPU hot swap module, and kernel and memory management subsystem.

In this manner, it allowed physical addition or removal of core components, such as CPUs and memory modules, without disrupting services.

KunLun"Huawei and SUSE have been collaborating for a long time in the mission-critical computing space," said Wang Zhen, vice-president, IT Server Product Line, Huawei.

"We have jointly released KunLun, the world's first 32-socket mission critical server, at CeBIT 2016. Now we bring our partnership to a new level by releasing the industry's first standard Linux OS that supports KunLun RAS 2.0.

"The OS will help KunLun deliver reliability that is parallel to, and even surpasses, that of traditional high-end UNIX servers. These benefits will translate into better return on investment for our customers."

Ralf Flaxa, SUSE president of engineering, said, "KunLun is the result of deep collaboration between Huawei and SUSE. SUSE leads the industry by releasing the preferred standard OS that supports KunLun RAS 2.0 features, including CPU and memory hot swap. These features will enable KunLun to be 'always online’. This benefit isn’t currently available with other Linux operating systems."

The KunLun device can also be run using Red Hat Linux and Microsoft Windows Server 2012, according to its specifications.


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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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