TeliaSonera Finland offers Linux solutions for the Finnish SME sector

TeliaSonera Finland starts to offer also Linux-based SAP Hosting services. Thanks to the solution based on IBM's technology, also small and medium-sized companies can now deploy the SAP systems reliably and cost-effectively. The concept is the first of its kind in Finland.
Linux-based services strengthen TeliaSonera Finland's position as SAP hosting services provider. TeliaSonera Finland has provided SAP hosting services since the end of the 1990's, mainly for large companies and is a certified SAP hosting partner. SAP hosting service is part of Sonera's application management services in which TeliaSonera Finland is responsible for the functionality of the customer's servers taking care of their control, management and maintenance.
"In recent years, we have invested substantially in our SAP hosting services and we have long experience in producing these services especially for demanding SAP systems of high availability. Our hosting service is scaled via system platform and service content to meet the needs of our customers. By means of the Linux-based solution we can offer reliable SAP hosting service also to small and SME companies at a totally new price level. IBM is committed to develop the Linux systems and they are acknowledged as being global leaders in implementing Linux solutions", says Tommi Kolehmainen, Vice President, Business Management from TeliaSonera Finland.
The SAP hosting service of TeliaSonera Finland targeted at SME companies is built on IBM eServer xSeries infrastructure, DB2 database, SuSE Linux operating system and SteelEye Lifekeeper cluster solutions. The reliability and security of the solution have been tested in practice, for example, in Germany where IBM has implemented several Linux-based SAP solutions with its partners.
"At the moment, Linux is the only operating environment in the market, which offers our customers the opportunity to start small and grow seamlessly all the way to IBM's Mainframe class. However, all the benefits that Linux brings, such as cost-effectiveness, security and reliability, are available for the smallest systems, as well. TeliaSonera's unique strength lies in the ability to flexibly manage the solution for the customer's best interest", says Linux manager Kim Aaltonen from IBM Nordic.
"Linux support is an important step in the SAP strategy and in deploying open technology", says Sales and Marketing Director Dan Ahlstedt from SAP Finland Oy. "For our customers this cooperation means more alternatives. In Finland the first SME customers have already moved on to production in the Linux environment."
Jukka Huhtanen, Head of Department, TeliaSonera Finland
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