By Tobias Brandi, SAP Solutions Architect, NetApp
Since the announcement for production support of SAP HANA databases on VMware earlier this year, we have seen a rapidly growing number of requests from customers on how SAP HANA could be deployed in the datacenter using VMware vSphere and NetApp storage. To address this demand and to assist customers to design, architect, and deploy SAP HANA in a Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) infrastructure, SAP specialists from both NetApp and VMware got together to create a joint reference architecture for SAP HANA.
Right in time for the VMworld EMEA 2014 event in Barcelona, this document is now publicly available on the NetApp website for partners, customers, and anyone else interested in learning more about the powerful combination of NetApp’s integrated data management capabilities for SAP HANA and the speed, flexibility and reduced TCO stemming from VMware vSphere. Some of the highlights of this reference architecture include very unique NetApp storage based Snapshot backup capabilities integrated with the SAP HANA studio, as well as the ability to run and operate SAP HANA databases homogenously on physical and virtual servers. In fact the way NetApp and VMware address SAP HANA deployments makes it even possible to easily relocate SAP HANA databases from virtual to physical servers and back – a use case which is well known from SAP’s Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) software. The description of how to integrate SAP HANA into SAP LVM is therefore also part of the reference architecture document.
Overall this architecture enables customers to easily integrate SAP HANA into their existing virtualized SAP datacenter while leveraging all the strong data management capabilities NetApp delivers for SAP and SAP HANA applications on physical and virtual servers.