By Jackie Davis, NetApp
If SAP HANA Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) model means flexibility and choice for IT organizations, then NetApp has taken it one step further by expanding the portfolio of NetApp offerings for SAP HANA TDI. Not only do customers have the option of choosing their preferred combination of hardware vendors for their SAP HANA infrastructure, they also have the option of choosing NetApp FAS or E-Series storage for their SAP HANA TDI environments.
Customers, who require fast back-ups, disaster recovery and restore, and all the management capabilities built into Data ONTAP, will most likely select FAS storage for their SAP HANA environments. The back-up and disaster recovery/restore capabilities are made available via an extension of NetApp SnapCreator that delivers storage-based Snapshots for SAP HANA environments.
NetApp is the only vendor to implement Snapshot-based back-up, restore integration within the HANA studio for SAP HANA. With this feature, back-up, restore and recovery can be done in seconds vs. hours for SAP HANA. NetApp is also one of the few vendors that deliver asynchronous storage replication through the SnapCreator plug-in for SAP HANA.
Lastly, FAS storage also provides customers with synchronous data replication, which is available through integration with NetApp MetroCluster software. This provides both disaster recovery and continuous availability with zero data loss, keeping SAP HANA running in the event of unplanned outages from operator error, site failures, network outages and natural disasters.
If the customer is looking for performance and doesn’t need all the capabilities offered with FAS storage, E-series is the recommended storage option. E-Series storage delivers 4x the performance of comparable storage for SAP HANA environments. It has the ability to handle large data volumes, enormous throughput requirements, maintain high speed during data refresh and bulk delete operation, and support high availability at the same time; all of which is critical for SAP HANA environments.
With this expanded portfolio of offerings from NetApp for SAP HANA, large businesses/organizations that need an enterprise-class analytics and storage solution to manage their increasing data volume, can choose the storage option that best fits their business requirements.