In a major coup for Linux vendor Red Hat, the company today announced a significant expansion of support for SAP applications. Applications that can now run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) include SAP Adaptive Server, Enterprise (SAP ASE), SAP IQ software, the SAP SQL Anywhere suite and, surprisingly, the SAP HANA platform.
HANA is SAP's in-memory database platform and until today's announcement had only been supported to run on SUSE Enterprise Linux. Red Hat has been talking about support for SAP HANA since at least October of 2013, with the debut of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 beta release.
The move to support Red Hat Enterprise Linux will now also extend to SAP and Red Hat hardware partners, including Dell and IBM.
"The combination of IBM System x servers with X6 technology and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA is expected to deliver simple, integrated solutions that can more easily scale, to help get faster time to value from their business analytics, in an effort to fuel innovation while keeping costs low,” said Alex Yost, vice president, Strategy and Alliances x86 for IBM, in a statement.
IBM is one of multiple vendors that have pre-packaged system solutions for SAP HANA. Dell entered the market for SAP HANA infrastructure solutions in February 2013 with the Dell Dell PowerEdge R910 node. The solution is now being expanded in part with Red Hat support.
"The Dell PowerEdge R920 server forms the basis for the Dell solution for SAP HANA, which delivers a stable, scalable environment to meet changing business needs; the PowerEdge server portfolio more broadly also integrates with Red Hat Enterprise Linux to enable industry-leading datacenter efficiency without sacrificing flexibility or choice," Sam Greenblatt, vice president, Enterprise Solutions Group Technology Strategy for Dell, said in a statement. "Teaming with Red Hat and SAP to deliver Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA is a natural extension to our solutions, helping customers to drive standardization across their infrastructure, reduce overall costs, optimize performance and ensure operational consistency."
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseAppsToday and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.