The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over – not to mention the uncertainty surrounding its long-term consequences. A lot of time will pass before we return to relative normalcy. However, some companies are using this complete turnaround of our traditional ways to examine, question and optimize their business processes and their SAP IT infrastructures.
Suse Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for SAP Applications
One focal point in these IT transformations is the switch to a One Linux Platform for SAP and non-SAP applications. The majority of companies using Hana or Hana-based applications also leverage Suse Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for SAP Applications with unique functionalities for ERP/ECC 6.0 and S/4 Hana. Furthermore, some companies prefer the more generic Suse Linux Enterprise Server (without the addition of specific SAP functionalities) in non-SAP environments.
One of these companies is Egger Group. Headquartered in Austria, the wood processing company counts 19 plants and 9,600 employees worldwide. Egger Group operates around 150 systems with SLES, numerous Java application servers and SQL databases. Furthermore, by leveraging SLES for SAP Applications (as well as physical and virtualized servers) for 30 SAP Business Intelligence instances, Egger Group has begun its journey to SAP Hana. The switch to S/4 hasn’t happened yet, however.
What is more, Egger Group also leverages management software Suse Manager for managing, controlling and monitoring its entire Linux environment.
There are other various examples of companies choosing Suse for their non-SAP landscapes after their experiences with SLES for SAP Applications with S/4 Hana and SAP ERP.
Consequently, they follow a One Linux Platform approach, enjoying numerous benefits; for example, they only have to deal with one software provider which saves time and money. Another benefit of a One Linux Platform approach is that costs for a high number of licenses decrease because of discount scaling.