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Huawei is relying on SUSE for high reliability computing

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March 23, 2017

It looks like Huawei has tightened its relationship with SUSE for extremely high reliability computing, while also placing a small dent in Microsoft's and Red Hat's prospects in the process.

The company's high-availability offering is its KunLun servers, 16 or 32-socket machines that can hot swap CPUs and memory. Now it appears that Huawei wants to bring its servers to the next level.

Naturally, just hardware per se can't deliver high availability all by itself so Huawei needs an operating system that can make that happen.

The engineers at the Chinese company have decided that the needed OS should be SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, which has gained the title of 'preferred standard' and therefore been incorporated into the KunLun RAS 2.0 stack.

We're told that “SUSE Linux Enterprise Server runs on the KunLun underlying firmware and merges the Linux kernel ACPI driver module, memory/CPU hot swap module, and kernel and memory management subsystem,” asserted a Huawei representative.

The server maker's division and SUSE have worked together before-- the two firms teamed up on the first KunLun server last year. This new collaboration takes things up a level by elevating SUSE to preferred OS status, ahead of Red Hat Linux and Windows Server.

Both can still run on KunLun, but Huawei is making it clear that running SUSE is the way to unlock the platform's true potential.

The prize here is the chance to convert those running UNIX on the Power, RISC and Itanium systems often used in the most resilience-hungry computing environments. Power remains well-supported and Oracle promises new generations of SPARC.

Huawei knows that and ponders that it might have a chance to scoop some new business. KunLun will also go down well in China, where business will need high availability systems as well.

Architectural decisions about such kinds of workloads set an organization's agendas for several years. This decision could indicate Huawei's long-term ambitions to play in core enterprise technology.

Source: Huawei.


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