OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE PROVIDER Suse has expanded its partner programme to broaden support and boost development of servers based on 64-bit ARM processors running Suse Linux Enterprise 12.
The move will allow partners to develop, test and deliver products using 64-bit ARM chips from vendors including AMD, AppliedMicro and Cavium, along with server manufacturers Dell, E4 Computer Engineering, HP and SoftIron, providing customers with a broader choice for data centre workloads.
The Linux company also said that it will offer more flexibility and opportunities to save money on technology infrastructure.
"Suse has always been a leader in porting Linux to other platforms, and this programme brings the same benefits and interaction to the ARM AArch64 ecosystem that our partners providing x86-64, Power and System z solutions already experience," said the firm's VP of engineering, Ralf Flaxa.
"Suse's ARM partner programme will provide ARM ecosystem partners access to AArch64-supported Suse Linux Enterprise 12 software and expertise, establishing relationships that will result in supported enterprise solutions on different hardware platforms to meet a variety of customer needs."
The decision to expand support is based on a growing interest in ARM servers. The first ARM server units are already shipping, and Suse believes that interest will increase because the technology is already seeing early adoption for specific use cases.
Matt Eastwood, SVP of enterprise infrastructure and data centre at analyst firm IDC, said: "We expect that ARM will also have significant relevance to IoT solutions. The release of Suse Linux Enterprise for AArch64 is an important step in helping to build a Linux software ecosystem around ARM server products."
The ARM server processors will provide a scalable technology platform that can be configured to meet diverse business and application needs in the data centre, such as more efficient web-scale workloads and rapid cloud build out.
Partners will be able to take advantage of Suse Linux Enterprise support for ARM processors in different market areas, including purpose-built appliances such as security, medical and network devices, hyperscale computing, distributed storage, and software-defined and classic networking.
Suse has also simplified partner access by implementing support for ARM and AArch64 in the openSuse Build Service, which the firm says will allow the community to build packages against real 64-bit ARM hardware and the Suse Linux Enterprise 12 binaries.
This is expected to improve time to market and compatibility for AArch64 solutions as well as benefiting end users because partners will take less time to build, test and release products based on 64-bit ARM architectures.
ARM claimed last year that it has seen growing momentum for the 64-bit ARMv8-A processor designs, announcing that it has signed 50 licensing agreements with silicon partners to fabricate chips based on the architecture.
A total of 27 companies have signed agreements for the company's ARMv8-A technology, including all of the silicon vendors selling application processors for smartphones and most of those targeting enterprise networking and servers.
ARM claimed that, while the first wave of ARM v8-A licences were for silicon targeting smartphones and tablets, the latest wave includes many aimed at enterprise infrastructure as well. µ
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