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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 15 SP2

1 What is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications? Edit source

SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is a bundle of software and services that addresses the specific needs of SAP users. It is the only operating system that is optimized for all SAP software solutions.

Target use cases include:

  • Unix to Linux migrations and replatforming

  • SAP appliances

  • SAP cloud deployments

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications consists of software components and service offerings which are described in the following sections. The figure Offerings of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications shows an overview of which software components and services are also available with other products from SUSE (green) and which are exclusively available with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications (blue).

Offerings of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications
Figure 1.1: Offerings of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

1.1 Software components Edit source

As depicted in Figure 1.1, “Offerings of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications”, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server but contains several additional software components such as SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension, and the installation workflow. These software components are briefly explained below:

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

The current release is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing, both physical and virtual.

SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension

SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension provides tools for flexible, policy-driven clustering and includes resource agents for managing SAP instances and SAP database back-ends.

Simplified SAP HANA system replication setup

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications supports SAP HANA System Replication using components of SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension and additional resource agents for SAP HANA Scale-Up, Scale-Out, and for managing topology. Additionally, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications ships with a YaST wizard that simplifies the cluster setup.

Installation workflow

The installation workflow offers a guided installation path for both the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system and the SAP application. This workflow can be extended by third-party vendors using Supplementary Media. For more information, see Section 2.4, “Overview of the installation workflow”.

Malware protection with ClamSAP

ClamSAP integrates the ClamAV anti-malware toolkit into SAP NetWeaver and SAP Mobile Platform applications to enable cross-platform threat detection.

SAP HANA firewall and SAP HANA hardening guide

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications additionally provides the package HANA-Firewall which integrates with firewalld to provide a preconfigured setup and rules to make securing SAP HANA as simple as possible.

For information on hardening the underlying operating system, see the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications resource library: https://www.suse.com/products/sles-for-sap/resource-library/. There, find the document OS Security Hardening for SAP HANA.

Simplified operations management

The system tuning profile provided by sapconf allows you to automatically and comprehensively tune your system as recommended by SAP.

cryptctl allows encrypting sensitive directories using LUKS. Encryption keys are located on a central server which can be located on customer premises. Encrypted partitions are automatically remounted after an unplanned reboot.

To simplify working with software dependencies of SAP applications, SUSE has created patterns that combine relevant dependency RPM packages for specific applications.

ClusterTools2 provides tools that help set up and manage a Corosync/pacemaker cluster.

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