By Jens Langer, NetApp
In-memory databases related to enterprise management software are like electric engines in modern cars. Everyone knows, that’s the future. At the same time there will be niches where the good old relational databases will continue to exist, exactly how highly tuned combustion engines will continue to live on in the world of cars.
In the SAP world, the SAP HANA database is here to stay. Rather sooner than later, it will be the enterprise default, not the exemption anymore.
So far so good, but for the companies using these solutions based on HANA, a lot will change. Well-established and well-orchestrated business processes will change creating risk. No doubt: For the SAP customer the commitment to SAP HANA requires courage.
SAP tried to make it as easy as possible for their customers, but partners need to do their part as well for. Here is how the NetApp SnapCreator plugin comes in handy.
The SnapCreator plugin integrates the storage management hassle-free into the HANA studio. It brings back the highly efficient backup and restore of the primary and secondary storage, the cloning to create SAP system copies, as well as asynchronous storage replication. In short, it brings back the normality of storage management. With the SnapCreator plugin, at least for NetApp customers, the handling of SAP HANA related storage is becoming easy again.
The NetApp SnapCreator via the HANA SnapCreator plugin quiesces the HANA databases only as long as necessary, ensuring a consistent backup is created, conducts the housekeeping of old Snapshot backups including the log backups created by HANA, updates the HANA catalog and so on. These are great reason to be excited about this effortless storage integration and management.
Storage integration into SAP LVM, moving virtual machines while the backups are running? This is a piece of cake with the NetApp HANA storage integration. As mentioned before, with the NetApp storage SnapCreator plugin dealing with your SAP HANA system is back to business as usual.