Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Offerings on IBM Cloud FAQ

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Overview

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for SAP is the intelligent operating system for a consistent foundation in the enterprise, designed and tuned for high-performance SAP workloads. Backed by enterprise-grade support from Red Hat, the on-demand OS Images of RHEL for SAP are available with all SAP-certified IBM Cloud IaaS types.

This document provides an initial summary and subsequent full detail regarding RHEL and IBM Cloud, with reference to all necessary RHEL documentation.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP, feature summary of on-demand OS Images from IBM Cloud

Feature RHEL for SAP Applications RHEL for SAP HANA with HA and US BYO-OS with Red Hat Cloud Access
SAP NetWeaver AS and SAP AnyDB (e.g. App Servers for SAP S/4HANA, full support for SAP ECC and older products)
SAP HANA Database Server
RHEL High Availability and Disaster Recovery Add-On
RHEL Extended Update Support - 2 year (EUS)
RHEL Extended Update Support - 4 year (E4S)
RHEL System Roles for SAP
Red Hat Insights
Red Hat Smart Management Add-On

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP, available on-demand via IBM Cloud

The following RHEL for SAP products are available on-demand during provisioning of IBM Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) resources.

Alternatively, Bring-Your-Own-OS is available and can be used for Red Hat customers with existing eligible subscriptions, by using Red Hat Cloud Access which is available for all Certified Cloud and Service Provider (CCSP) - such as IBM Cloud. NOTE: This would be required if using VMware with any SAP-certified IaaS by IBM Cloud.

For users of IBM Cloud, a detailed list can be quickly obtained using IBM Cloud CLI with ibmcloud is oses and ibmcloud is images.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP version RHEL for SAP Applications RHEL for SAP HANA with HA and US BYO-OS with Red Hat Cloud Access
7.4
7.5
7.6
7.7
7.9
8.1
8.2
8.4

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP, available on-demand via IBM Cloud Classic Infrastructure environment (Softlayer)

This list refers specifically to the IBM Cloud Classic Infrastructure environment (Softlayer). Primarily, this includes the IBM Cloud Bare Metal (Classic) profiles which are certified for SAP (including Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory).

The following RHEL for SAP products are available on-demand during provisioning of IBM Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) resources.

Alternatively, Bring-Your-Own-OS is available and can be used for Red Hat customers with existing eligible subscriptions, by using Red Hat Cloud Access which is available for all Certified Cloud and Service Provider (CCSP) - such as IBM Cloud. NOTE: This would be required if using VMware with any SAP-certified IaaS by IBM Cloud.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP version RHEL for SAP Applications RHEL for SAP HANA with HA and US
7.4 ✔ (deprecated) ✔ (deprecated)
7.5 ✔ (deprecated) ✔ (deprecated)
7.6 ✔ (deprecated)
7.7
7.9
8.1
8.2
8.4

What are the differences between Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP with High Availability and Update Services?

RHEL for SAP with High Availability and Update Services (RHEL for SAP with HA & EUS/E4S) is an offering available from IBM Cloud, leveraging IBM Cloud's Red Hat Satellite. This is a fully Pay-as-you-Go (PAYG) on-demand OS license.

RHEL for SAP Solutions is an offering available directly from Red Hat and Red Hat channel partners, available using Red Hat Cloud Access to register current subscriptions via Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM) on redhat.com [previously RHN]. Customers who require Red Hat Smart Management must use this option.

Are Red Hat Cloud Access gold images available for IBM Cloud?

Red Hat gold images are virtual machine (VM) images prepared and available in select Red Hat CCSP environments, to be used with Bring-your-own-OS (BYO-OS) / Bring-your-own-Subscription (BYOS) use cases in the cloud.

There are no Red Hat gold images prepared for IBM Cloud, generic or specific to Red Hat for SAP. For further information, please see:

What are the differences between Red Hat's Extended Update Support (EUS) and Update Services (E4S)?

Extended Update Support (EUS) provides up to two (2) years of extended update support. With IBM Cloud for SAP, this is primarily targeted towards IaaS hosts of SAP NetWeaver and SAP AnyDB.

Extended Update Services (E4S) provides up to four (4) years of extended update services. With IBM Cloud for SAP, this is primarily targeted towards IaaS hosts of SAP HANA.

The EUS and E4S allow Red Hat customers the flexibility to decide when to take advantage of new Red Hat Enterprise Linux features, including new hardware enablement.

What happens if a Red Hat version exceeds the time stated in RHEL Lifecycle Support?

The customer is required to migrate to a supported Red Hat for SAP offering. This can be achieved with a minor version upgrade if necessary, Red Hat provides support for IBM Cloud customers running SAP Software from moving between minor versions (e.g. RHEL 7.6 > RHEL 7.9).

In addition, Red Hat provides support for some in-place upgrades (e.g. via Leapp). Please read Supported in-place upgrade paths for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Where can I find additional Red Hat for SAP documentation?

Please find below the general documentation about RHEL for SAP:

Where can I find additional RHEL Lifecycle Support documentation?

Please find below the general documentation about RHEL Lifecycle Support: