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SAP Data Intelligence Benefits From Linux And Open Source

SAP Data Intelligence is a valuable addition to SAP Data Hub. Kubernetes is essential - and so is Linux.

The impending migration to S/4 Hana or a harmonized integration of SAP cloud solutions like Qualtrics or SuccessFactors – these are much discussed topics in the SAP community at the moment. In kind of an echo chamber, customers talk about something else, too: SAP Data Intelligence. There’s a lot of questions that have yet to be answered. What is Data Intelligence and what can it do? What kind of infrastructure does SAP Data Intelligence need? How do Linux and open source relate to that?

Beneficial continuity

It’s important to know that SAP Data Intelligence and SAP Data Hub are closely connected; in this case meaning that Data Intelligence adds machine learning functionalities to Data Hub. SAP Data Intelligence is integrated in the SAP Data Hub launch pad as “ML Scenario Manager”.

If SAP customers already use Suse Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications (SLES for SAP) in combination with Hana or S/4, they will also want to use Suse solutions in combination with SAP Data Hub and Data Intelligence, as it leads to beneficial technological continuity.


The best solution for the task: Suse CaaSP, a container solution with Kubernetes certified for SAP Data Hub. Its primary task is to ensure flexible and automated provision of microservices through containers. It leverages Suse Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) as container host OS in a special version (SLES Micro OS) to optimize the use of resources.

SAP Data Intelligence in combination with Suse

In combination with SAP Data Hub and SAP Data Intelligence, Kubernetes is inevitable and indispensable. The deployment of the solutions happens in Kubernetes environments in the public cloud, the private cloud or on prem. The foundation is a supported Kubernetes distribution that Suse provides.

Kubernetes allows customers to lay the foundation for operating software and systems in multiple cloud environments (Kubernetes or cloud native). With a container infrastructure solution like Suse CaaS Platform, companies have the possibility to containerize and orchestrate applications as well as establish a microservices architecture.

Open source will continue to be an essential topic for SAP. Especially in the context of SAP Data Hub and Data Intelligence, open source solutions are front and center – and I think I don’t need to reiterate how important Linux for Hana and S/4 is.

As open source innovator and long-standing SAP partner, Suse can support customers with its solutions specifically developed for SAP systems – whether they are on prem, in the cloud or part of hybrid environments.

E-3 Magazine March 2020 (German)

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Sabine Soellheim, Suse

Sabine Soellheim is Senior Alliance Manager at Suse.

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