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Huawei and SUSE Join Forces

By Roy Shek, Asia-Pacific Business Development Director, SUSE LINUX GmbH

At Huawei Connect 2017, Huawei and SUSE showcased the achievements they’ve made in the x86 mission-critical server domain since they began working together in 2012.

SUSE is well known for open-source, mission-critical solutions that simplify complex platforms to be faster to deploy and easier to use. For Huawei, we support the unique features of Huawei hardware within the kernel of the SUSE operating system. An ideal example of our collaboration with Huawei is support for the Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) 2.0 features of the KunLun servers to optimize the hot-swap technology for CPUs and memory.

Huawei is a most-important global technology partner to SUSE, as the KunLun advanced RAS features have helped SUSE optimize our own solutions. Specifically, the SUSE ‘zero downtime’ technology complements Huawei’s always-on service technology: When a KunLun server invokes its hot-swap functionality when encountering a CPU or memory fault, similarly, SUSE Enterprise Server 12 dynamically fixes kernel patches with no interruption to customer services. The joint Huawei and SUSE solution far surpasses both the baseline x86 and old UNIX architectures.

In March 2017, Huawei and SUSE released the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 for RAS 2.0. The firmware and driver integration with the kernel module at the memory and CPU manager now allows KunLun RAS 2.0 standard OS customers to replace memory modules and CPUs online — and future SUSE hot-patch technology will fix patches without users having to shut down their systems.

The collaboration between Huawei and SUSE focuses on mission-critical servers. From an application perspective, it will still be mainly about SAP-related applications. Huawei accounts for a large market share in the SAP application domain, both in the Chinese and European markets; therefore, in my opinion, SUSE and Huawei can advance collaboration in the SAP application space.

Huawei is a leader in the x86 mission critical server market and SUSE is a leader in the Open Source software domain. Together, the two companies are better positioned to combine their technical expertise and professional prowess to present better innovative solutions to customers. Collaborating in the R&D domain has brought the KunLun server and the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server into perfect synergy. Moreover, Huawei and SUSE continue to work closely in the product promotion front. In addition to attending the HUAWEI CONNECT conference and exhibition in Shanghai in 2016 and 2017, SUSE hosts many product release ceremonies. By the end of 2017, Huawei and SUSE will have announced the release of a new standard OS built to support the Huawei KunLun RAS 2.0. Together Huawei and SUSE have much more to offer for the success and amazement our customers.

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