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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with support for SAPR business applications now available

Red Hat, today announced Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 has been certified by SAP AG to run SAP business applications.

As a recommended Linux enterprise operating system for running SAP applications, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 provides the reliability and performance required by enterprises to efficiently run their demanding SAP workloads, the company said.

According to Red Hat this announcement complements an altogether separate announcement; Red Hat Broadens Global Cooperation with Amazon and SAP.

“Today’s announcement extends our strong partnership with SAP to give customers further assurance our complementary solutions run together optimally,” said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit at Red Hat.  “Recognising Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 as a SAP-recommended Linux enterprise operating system further validates our strength running critical enterprise software applications.”

“The certification of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 for use with SAP applications highlights another step forward in our longstanding partnership with Red Hat,” said Helge Deller, head, SAP LinuxLab, SAP AG. “Customers can now use this latest Red Hat operating system with their mission-critical SAP applications, fully supported by Red Hat and SAP.  The combination of SAP applications with the Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 will offer global enterprises a new database option for running SAP applications along with harmonised customer services and support,” Deller said.

Enterprises may now run their SAP applications on the most-recent version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, which features enhanced networking, file system and virtualisation I/O capabilities, the companies said.  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 has also been certified for running the SAP NetWeaver Adaptive Computing Controller tool, representatives said.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is suitable for running all SAP applications in physical, virtual and cloud environments, the company added.  Virtualisation is integrated into Red Hat Enterprise Linux, allowing Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run in a virtualised environment without the requirement to purchase a separate virtualisation infrastructure, Red Hat representatives said.

In addition to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, the High Availability Add-on  provides the components to set up a high availability infrastructure for running SAP applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, they said.  The Add-on provides sophisticated fail-over clustering for SAP applications and SAP databases using dedicated resource agents for instances of SAP solutions and databases, the company added.

For more than a decade, customers have benefited from the close collaboration between Red Hat and SAP.  The companies have provided customers with technically compatible products, as well as a single point of contact for support with the integration of SAP’s global support backbone and the Red Hat Global Support Services system, the company said.

“SAP and Red Hat reinforced their commitment to customers in support of open solutions with long-term committed roadmaps for SAP business applications,” said Eric Renouard, Accenture’s global SAP technology lead. “Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives our clients a secure and dependable platform and we look forward to working with them to develop cloud solutions that we can take to our clients,” he said.

“IBM has long-standing partnerships with SAP and Red Hat to help our clients address complex business challenges,” said Jean Staten Healy, director, Linux and Open Virtualisation, IBM. “With SAP certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, IBM continues to deliver to the enterprise world-class technologies, integrated by world-class system integrators including IBM Global Business Services,” Healy concluded.


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