Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for SAP Solutions is a secure and scalable platform tailored to the needs of SAP workloads, such as SAP NetWeaver, SAP S/4HANA, and the SAP HANA platform. As SAP Business Suite will be out of standard support by 2027, it is essential for developers and administrators to plan for a smooth migration to the SAP S/4 HANA platform.

In this article, we'll explore what RHEL for SAP Solutions is and the features and functionalities it provides to developers and administrators.

What is Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions is tailored for SAP workloads such as the SAP HANA platform and S/4HANA. The SAP environment can be standardized on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. By standardizing the SAP environment on RHEL, businesses can streamline operations, reduce costs, and benefit from integrated smart management and high-availability solutions included in the offering

What's included in the RHEL for SAP Solutions subscription?

Built on the foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for SAP Applications along with its packages and components,  a RHEL for SAP Solutions subscription includes the following:

  • SAP-specific technical components to support SAP S/4HANA, SAP HANA, and SAP Business Applications.
  • SAP-specific high availability solutions for SAP S/4HANA, SAP HANA, and SAP Business Applications.
  • RHEL System Roles for SAP for automation of operating system configuration to run SAP workloads.
  • SAP-tailored Red Hat Insights Dashboard and Smart Management help streamline operations and reduce costs
  • Update Services for SAP Solutions or Extended Update Support (EUS), providing support for specific minor RHEL releases for up to four years from General Availability. See the RHEL Life Cycle web page for more information about EUS and Update Services for SAP Solutions.

All the packages provided by RHEL for SAP Applications are also provided by RHEL for SAP Solutions. 

Learn more about the RHEL for SAP solutions subscription.

What are the benefits of RHEL for SAP Solutions?

Because the SAP Business Suite is going out of standard support by 2027, existing applications on SAP Business Suite need to migrate to S/4HANA, which will be available only on x86/Power and Linux. RHEL provides migration support for such cases, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free transition. This benefit for businesses is that they can seamlessly migrate their SAP solutions to RHEL without disrupting business operations. 

With Red Hat Insights included in the subscription, RHEL for SAP Solutions provides technologies that prioritize recommendations based on deep analysis with targeted expertise. This allows organizations to evaluate all of their ecosystems, including hybrid cloud environments, at no extra cost.

RHEL also provides powerful analytical tools for monitoring SAP applications and solutions, ensuring optimal performance and stability. With these tools, administrators can quickly identify and troubleshoot issues, reducing the risk of downtime and improving the system's overall performance. Download RHEL for SAP solutions packages.

Migrate to SAP S/4 HANA and SAP HANA with RHEL

Migration to SAP S/4 HANA can be complex and costly. Administrators must deal with outdated, legacy hardware, and cases where migration may be challenging. They need to have a flexible and secure platform that provides evolving software technologies and has the ability to port applications seamlessly.  

Red Hat solutions for SAP workloads unify administration and management, enabling SAP customers to avoid using disparate toolsets from different vendors to manage their virtual infrastructure, high availability cluster, and operating system.

Red Hat’s solution for lifecycle management can be used to operate all infrastructure layers and technologies with a single user experience. Learn how to subscribe to Update Services for SAP Solutions on RHEL 8 and RHEL 9.

RHEL for SAP Solutions includes high availability and proactive monitoring capabilities, remote management options, and extended support subscriptions, so developers and administrators can focus on achieving business objectives.

Run and manage SAP applications on hyperscalers with RHEL

SAP customers are looking for the ideal foundation for the hybrid cloud that allows for native application development and modernization to keep the digital core clean for deploying and extending SAP into a true hybrid cloud. 

Running Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions on the public cloud can provide a single agnostic and consistent set of infrastructure tooling that can be used on-prem and on any cloud. Organizations can choose the cloud provider best for their workloads and be free to move those workloads as needed. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is certified on all the major cloud providers and has an extensive ecosystem of certified hardware platforms, value-add software integrations, and ISV software.


In summary, running RHEL for SAP Solutions provides enterprises with a reliable, secure, high-performance platform optimized for running critical business systems. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux's migration support, high availability capabilities, live kernel patching, and powerful analytical tools, businesses can ensure that their SAP applications and solutions are always available, reliable, and efficient. Download RHEL for SAP Solutions and Applications packages to get started.

Last updated: November 17, 2023