SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 4 has been released and is now available. It is noteworthy that SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 is a major code stream with a support life cycle from 2014 to 2024 plus Long Term Support.
Service Pack 4 of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 offers various bug fixes, updates and patches.
Major Updates in SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 4
SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP 4 comes with Persistent Memory Enhancements. This means Intel Optane DC persistent memory (NVDIMM) with SAP HANA is now supported. It can prove useful when attempting recovery from an unplanned outage on the server.
Furthermore, SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 4 supports additional hardware too, such as :
- All the latest Intel processors
- AMD’s Zen 2 core processor generation
- IBM Z14
- IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II
- IBM POWER9 (Little Endian)
- ARM SoC/ODM support for select vendors including Raspberry Pi devices.
SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 4 offers greater flexibility in migration. It now relies on Linux kernel 4.12 — this is the same kernel that’s used in SUSE Linux Enterprise 15, thereby ensuring that future migration from SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP 4 to SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 will be a breeze.
Virtualization: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server KVM on IBM Z is supported, so you can easily migrate from IBM KVM to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server KVM based infrastructure.
To learn more, you can read the detailed release notes about SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 4 here.
Also, it is worth pointing out that SUSE Linux Enterprise KVM on IBM Z is possible. Thus, if you are running an IBM-based KVM infrastructure on your Virtual Private Servers, it is now possible to migrate to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server KVM. Of course, Samurai Servers can help you do that easily, and can also provide detailed advisory and consultation related to VPS management and virtualization techniques. Feel free to get in touch with us should you have any queries related to Linux or virtualization.