Novell Completes Latest Certification of the mySAP Business Suite on SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9


  • Enterprise customers can deploy mySAP Business Suite on more hardware platforms running SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 than ever before
  • SAP customers benefit from new 64-bit computing performance enhancements of the 2.6 Linux kernel included in SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9

9 February 2005

Novell today announced the certification of the mySAP™ Business Suite on Novell's SUSE® LINUX Enterprise Server 9, significantly expanding the options for enterprise customers to deploy industry-leading SAP® solutions on Linux. The mySAP Business Suite includes applications to manage customer and supplier relationships, product life cycles and supply chains. SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 includes unique integrated management capabilities, enabling IT professionals to deploy, configure and update Linux servers with greater ease and efficiency up to enterprise-standard security. Enterprise customers can now confidently deploy SAP solutions on SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9, backed by Novell and SAP's comprehensive offering of worldwide support and training.

SAP is a leading provider of business software solutions that help enterprises around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. The mySAP Business Suite solutions form part of the family of adaptive business solutions designed to optimize the most critical business processes faced by enterprise customers. Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 delivers the scalability, performance and reliability demanded by mission-critical applications and services, providing a strong platform for the mySAP Business Suite.

The mySAP Business Suite is certified to run on Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9, across a full range of hardware platforms including ia32 (i386), ia64 (Intel Itanium Processor Family), and EM64T, as well as IBM POWER and IBM zSeries. This extensive cross-architecture support responds to customer demand to streamline their IT infrastructure and achieve maximum economies of scale on several levels. In addition, concerning 64-bit processing power, this support gives enterprise customers the benefit of increased computing power through substantially increasing the processing speed and memory address space capacity.

Many customers using SAP solutions on Linux have expressed their pleasure that this certification has been completed, giving them the confidence to implement this solution in a productive environment. One such customer is GLOBUS, a leading German retailer operating in 35 markets including food, electronics and home improvement, with more than 20,000 employees in almost 90 locations. “We are pleased to see that the mySAP Business Suite is now certified to run on Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server, as this was a prerequisite for our continued engagement with Linux,” said Franz Herter, IT coordinator for GLOBUS. “It gives us the confidence that Novell's Linux solutions are supported by the major industry vendors who we also engage with.”

“SAP has been exemplary in their support of SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 and the 64-bit computing market,” said Hal Bennett, vice president of global business development at Novell. “We are proud of the strong relationship that Novell has built with SAP and the joint focus we have shared in identifying and supporting the needs of the enterprise customers and the opportunity that Linux-based solutions offer them.”

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) is a leading provider of infrastructure software and services to over 50,000 customers in 43 countries. With more than 20 years of experience in data center, workgroup and desktop solutions, Novell's 6,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world are meeting customer requirements for identity-driven computing and Linux solutions. By providing enterprise-class software and support for commercial and open source software, Novell delivers increased operating flexibility and choice at a lower total cost of ownership. More information about Novell can be found at

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