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Suse prepares for 64-bit Arm servers

by on16 July 2015

Expanding hardware programme

Suse wants to speed the development of server systems based on 64-bit ARM processors.

The outfit said that it is making available to its partners a version of Suse Linux Enterprise 12 ported to ARM's 64-bit architecture (AArch64).

This will enable them to develop, test and deliver products to the market based on ARM chips.

Suse has also implemented support for AArch64 into its openSUSE Build Service. This allows the community to build packages against real 64-bit ARM hardware and the Suse Linux Enterprise 12 binaries.

Hopefully this will improve the time to market for ARM-based solutions, the firm said.

Suse partners include chip makers AMD AppliedMicro and Cavium, while Dell, HP and SoftIron. Suse wants ARM processors to be part of a scalable technology platform in the data centre.

Through participation in the programme, partners will be able to build solutions for various applications, from purpose-built appliances for security, medical and network functions, to hyperscale computing, distributed storage and software-defined networking.

There are multiple vendors using the same core technology licensed from ARM. This provides a common base for the OS vendors, like Suse, to build support in their kernel.

Suse has some competition for ARM-based systems. Last year, Red Hat started up its ARM Partner Early Access Programme (PEAP), while Canonical has offered ARM support in its Ubuntu platform for several years now, including a long-term support (LTS) release last year that included the OpenStack cloud computing framework.

Last modified on 16 July 2015
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